Thursday, February 5, 2015

Watchtower Library 2014 in Ubuntu 14.04 *UPDATED*

*If you have already done these steps and it still doesn't work, 
please check out the update section below!

After getting my Watchtower Library 2014 installed, it would not open.

I did some research, and found you need Wine 1.7 to run it.

Sure enough, a simple upgrade to Wine 1.7, and Watchtower Library 2014 runs like a champ now.

Here is a guide thanks to WineHQ on installing Wine 1.7:

Open the Software Sources menu by launching the Ubuntu Software Center and selecting Edit->Software Sources. Choose the Other Software tab and click Add.
Software Center->Edit->Software Sources->Other Software
Then, copy and paste the line below.

Warning: Beta packages

The 1.7 packages here are beta packages. This means they will periodically suffer from regressions, and as a result an update may break functionality in Wine. If the stable 1.6 Wine version works for you, then you may not want to use these beta packages.

Installing Wine:

Once you have added the repository, you are ready to install.
To get the most recent Wine 1.7 beta, click this link to install the wine1.7 package.
To install the older, stable Wine 1.6 version, click this link to install the wine1.6 package.

Upgrading to a new version of Ubuntu

If you are upgrading the entire system, such as going from Ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04, you will need to come back to this page and add the repository again. The built in update manager will not switch the Wine repository automatically.

Alternative Command Line Instructions for Installing Wine:

It is also possible to add the PPA and install via the terminal. This may be useful on Ubuntu flavors and derivatives.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
Then update APT package information by running 'sudo apt-get update'. You can now install Wine by typing 'sudo apt-get install wine1.7'.
If you'd like to browse the PPA manually, you can visit its Launchpad page.

Remember, if you choose to not install the microsoft fonts with wine, then you will need to follow these instructions for turning the "blocks" into letters:

If there are any questions, please feel free to email me at


* UPDATED April 4th, 2015 *

Thanks to conversations with Stefano Tabanelli both by email and the disqus comment board on this blog, we now know that on some versions of Ubuntu, Wine needs to be set to a different "windows" mode (or version).

There are two ways to change the windows mode. One is to do it globally, the other way is to specifically control one executable. 

The advantage of the first is that all wine applications will be effected. This way is easier, but if you use wine for more than just the Watchtower Library, you may need to use the "specific executable" option.

For both options you first need to start the "Configure Wine" link. 

It can be found in Xubuntu here: (click on pictures to make them larger.)

In regular Ubuntu, you can find it by searching for configure wine in the Unity launcher on the top left.

Once you have the Wine configure window open, then you can change the windows type right at the bottom right like this:

Stefanos noted he chose windows 2003 here and it worked for him. I set mine to windows xp and tried it and it also worked.

This is setting the default, or global setting.

If you need to be "executable specific", then instead of choosing the windows version here, we instead choose "add application".

Here is a visual walk through for you:

Once this is done, it should solve your problem. 

Remember, if you choose to not install the microsoft fonts with wine, then you will need to follow these instructions for turning the "blocks" into letters:

Again, if there are any questions, please feel free to email me at



  1. Are you using Ubuntu 14.04? Strange.. your the second person who has had this issue with a non english version...

  2. Try this Command, David: rm ~/.wine/drive_c/windows/winsxs/manifests/*.vc90.*_deadbeef.manifest

  3. Problema resuelto, muchas gracias x la ayuda. Wine 1.7.34. Poner version a imitar W03 y listo.

  4. hola buena tarde. yo tengo este mismo problema, me sale el mismo mensaje... podrian ayudarme

  5. ¿Sabía que actualice al vino 1.7?

  6. Scusa io ho ubuntu 12.04 con wine 1,7 una volta installato wtl 2014 e clicco su icona mi da errore
    il programma wtlibrary.exe ha riscontrato un errore
    non visualizza i dettagli. E' la terza volta che rimuovo completamente wine e lo installo

    Try to write in english:
    I've ubuntu 12.04 with wine 1.7. After installed wtl2014 from cd and try to open from icon, apperead message
    the program wtlibrary.exe encountered an error
    does not display the details. This ist tehe 3rd time i've remove and install wine.
    What can i do?

  7. ok i put wine configuration on windows2003
    first was on windows10

  8. so the issue went away by choosing another windows type?

  9. yes. the program start and it's ok.

  10. Thanks for that information! I will put it in the article!

  11. i must installing on linuxmint. I will follow your instructions and put win8 on wine configuration. I hope

  12. i've a question but not for wine. Is for libreoffice impress. I can ask here or in another place?

  13. Stefano, I mentioned you name in the updated article, i hope it is ok?

  14. Once ubuntu correctly sees both monitors (or monitor and tv) then this how to explains the rest: Hope this helps!

  15. you are welcome if you come to bologna

  16. I'd love to, but I live in the United States, in Wisconsin. A very far far ways away. :)

  17. The problem of the computer is at the kingdom hall of Bologna congregation Bolognina where i and my wife joined a foreign-language group

  18. Works for me! Thank you from Spain brother!

  19. Thank you so much!
    The solution worked for me as well. It beat my many reinstalls while hoping for a miracle.

    Brother from South Africa