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russellcollier Wednesday 1 August 2012 at 18:54

Good morning all. I am trying to install Microsoft Office 2010 on my brand new Mac Pro, despite seeing it is not yet on your Supported Software list. Not very far into the installation process, after the activation code has been entered, the installer encounters an unnamed error and tells me it must terminate.

Earlier, the installer told me it had to have msmxl3 installed first, and so I installed that package and re-tried. The installation proceeded past the Activation Code spot, and began installing, only to tell me it met with an error.

It did not tell me which error, or what I could do about it, so I assume that just installing more library packages probably won't fix the installation, am I correct?

Is it possible to install MS-Office 2010 (Windows version) to my Mac Pro via PlayonMac?

Russell Collier
Quentin PÂRIS Wednesday 1 August 2012 at 19:32
Quentin PÂRISAnonymous


Indeed it is possible, but you need to have winbind installed.

Winbind is a package included in samba, which has been removed for Mac OS 10.7. That is why Office 2k10 is perfactly supported on Linux, but not yet on OSX.

I might try to integrate winbind to PoM when I come back home though
russellcollier Wednesday 1 August 2012 at 20:02

Hm. Thank you for that information. Do you know if it is possible to install winbind separately for Mac OS 10.7? I will check around and see what I can find too.

I am very new to Mac machines, but I see the OS is a variant of Unix. I am familiar at a basic level with both Unix and Linux, many flavours.

I look forward to seeing in PoM will become integrated with winbind when you return home.
Russell Collier
russellcollier Wednesday 1 August 2012 at 20:59

It appears I can indeed re-install the missing winbind, so long as I install the missing Samba that was removed from MacOS10.7. I found a place to get it at:


If I have successes, I will let you know here.
russellcollier Wednesday 1 August 2012 at 23:15

Okay, negative success. Installing winbind via Samba did not solve the problem. Any other ideas?
Quentin PÂRIS Thursday 2 August 2012 at 0:10
Quentin PÂRISAnonymous

Type get:801 in PlayOnMac search bar
russellcollier Thursday 2 August 2012 at 0:18

Umm, where do I find that search bar, s'il vous plait? Is it the one underneath the Help menu at top of my screen?
Quentin PÂRIS Thursday 2 August 2012 at 9:59
Quentin PÂRISAnonymous

Install window
russellcollier Wednesday 8 August 2012 at 14:39

Good morning. Has there been any new development on this one yet? Just checking in with you.
Quentin PÂRIS Wednesday 8 August 2012 at 16:02
Quentin PÂRISAnonymous

I'm not at home at the moment :) I will try when I come back
russellcollier Sunday 19 August 2012 at 5:14

Hello? Any progress? Success right now would be incredibly timely for me. :)
Quentin PÂRIS Sunday 19 August 2012 at 18:23
Quentin PÂRISAnonymous

Do you have port installed?
russellcollier Monday 20 August 2012 at 5:37

Good evening. I assume by "port", you mean "macport"?

Not yet. It depends upon having XCode installed, which is some huge big download. I have dropped connection multiple times trying to get that XCode downloaded & installed, so I can install Macport next. I have to get to a much faster connection, maybe in town, before I can install those fatties.

I want Macport, just have not had the time to go into town to do the massive download & installation required.
russellcollier Tuesday 21 August 2012 at 22:33

Found a couple other possible routes - Wineskin and Winebottler, which seem to be cousins to PlayonMac. I will give them both a try a bit later and tell you how it goes.
russellcollier Tuesday 21 August 2012 at 23:05

Hm. Just discovered Crossover too.
Quentin PÂRIS Tuesday 21 August 2012 at 23:38
Quentin PÂRISAnonymous

Yeah I mean Macport

You'll have the same problems with all wine software. We really need samba to install Office 2k10.

Do you have access to a 10.6 computer?
russellcollier Wednesday 22 August 2012 at 0:44

Hm. Same problems, hey? Just tried Wineskin, and it is not intuitive, so I gave up after a while and uninstalled it.

No, I do not have access to a 10.6 Mac. I have a 10.8 Mac with Samba installed however. Does that make any difference?
Quentin PÂRIS Wednesday 22 August 2012 at 0:50
Quentin PÂRISAnonymous

Nope, It should work with samba installed :) Just open PlayOnMac -> Install

Then, type get:801 in the search bar
russellcollier Wednesday 22 August 2012 at 0:52

hm. Okay, here goes.
russellcollier Wednesday 22 August 2012 at 0:59

Well, it seems to have crashed at the same place as before. Partway through installation, and after entering the Product Key.

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