Running Office 365 Home Premium/Office 2013 in VMWare

I just recently installed Office 365 Home Premium on Windows 7 that is running in VMWare on a Mac.

Unfortunately the Ribbon and other graphics are entirely black.

Word start window

This is my Word start screen – not entirely useful. I can only see the tooltip for the hovered template.

I contacted Microsoft Support for help, but unfortunately they don’t support Windows in a virtual environment.

To solve the problem you can deactivate 3D graphics acceleration for the virtual machine:

  1. Shut down your virtual machine.
  2. Select the virtual machine in the Virtual Machine Library window.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Display in System Settings (top-right icon in my current version 5.)
  5. Toggle Accelerate 3D graphics to OFF.

I still sometimes have a black box in the area where the mouse is placed, and some buttons flicker, but all in all it is running well.

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