Mac Office Installation Failure (Leopard Users) for some Far Eastern Languages

If you are a Leopard user and Office for Mac 2008 has failed to install, try this workaround using a custom install.

“ISSUE: Installation fails when the OS is Leopard (10.5.x) and the language is set to some Far East Languages (Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Tibetan)”

Workaround: Customer needs to do a custom install deselecting Norwegian Proofing tools.

  1. Launch the installer as normal
  2. When presented with the location to install to there is a button in the bottom left corner that allows the custom to choose a custom install – click it.
  3. Click the disclosure triangle at the top of the list (Microsoft Office 2008) to display the list of options.
  4. Click the disclosure triangle at the item entitled Proofing Tools to display the list of languages.
  5. Click on the proofing tool labeled “Norwegian” to deselect it
  6. Click on the install button on the bottom right corner to continue installing

Some users have found this alternative worked:

Set your system language to English and install everything (including the Norwegian proofing tools) and then go back to your preferred OS language.


  1. Choose “Preferences…” from the “Apple” Menu.
  2. Click “International”
  3. In the Language tab, drag “English” to the top of the list.
  4. Restart
  5. Launch the Office Installer and proceed with installation.
  6. Repeat steps 1-2 and restore their previous top language back.
  7. Restart
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