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Installing SharePoint Foundation 2010 on Windows 7

I know there’s a lot of posts describing how to install SharePoint Foundation 2010 (WSS4) on Windows 7 (see Microsoft’s installation procedure for Vista and Windows Server 2008 installations), but I just had to write my own short edition of the installation procedure available at MSDN.

Please note that Microsoft does not support this configuration for production environments. Windows 7 installations should only be used for development, testing and demo purposes!


The following components and additions has to be installed on the computer running Windows 7 64-bit edition:

Installation procedure

Use the following procedure to install SharePoint Foundation:

  1. Make sure all prerequisites are met and no critical error is present in the event logs.
  2. Download SharePoint Foundation from Microsoft’s web site.
  3. Extract the web package to a temporary location using the /extract command line option.
  4. Edit the .\files\Setup\config.xml file according to the section below.
  5. Run the SharePoint Foundation setup, but do not run the configuration wizard.
  6. If you use a local SQL Server 2008, install KB970315.
  7. Run the SharePoint products and technologies configuration wizard.
  8. Install appropriate language packs.
  9. Configure SharePoint with the SharePoint Central Administration web application.

Editing the config.xml file

As described in step 4 in the installation procedure above, the config.xml file has to be edited to allow installation on Windows 7. Add the following line in the configuration section:
<Setting Id="AllowWindowsClientInstall" Value="True"/>

The entire config.xml file should look similar to this:

  <Package Id="sts">
    <Setting Id="SETUPTYPE" Value="CLEAN_INSTALL" />
  <DATADIR Value="%CommonProgramFiles%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\Data" />
  <Logging Type="verbose" Path="%temp%" Template="Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 4.0 Setup *.log" />
  <Setting Id="UsingUIInstallMode" Value="1" />
  <Setting Id="SETUP_REBOOT" Value="Never" />
  <Setting Id="AllowWindowsClientInstall" Value="True"/>

IIS Features and Components

The follow screen shots shows required IIS components as described in the prerequisites section:


  1. January 25, 2011 at 00:15

    ‘,, I am really thankful to this topic because it really gives great information ,-*


  2. SharePoint2010
    February 27, 2011 at 15:44

    Good post.
    Here is a post which tells installing SharePoint Foundation on Windows 7


  3. Archana
    November 3, 2012 at 12:05

    I want to install Sharepointfoundation to my system..My PC is with of Win7 home basic 64 bit,and i m having all the prerequisites….like microsoft sqlserver 2008 r2,latest Syc framework etc…but then to its not geting installed i don nt knw the problem…showing tat “setup is unable to proceed due to the following errors;this product requires windows server 2008 service pack 2 or above”.for windows 7 there is no service pack 2 yet now…then how can i install sharepointfoundation2010 in my pc…for past 3 days i m trying like anything to install this…yet now not it completed successfully….help me to come rid of this problem….thanks in advance….hopefully waiing for your gud and clear explanation sir…


    • November 4, 2012 at 12:11

      Thank you for your comments. The reason you are not able to install SharePoint Foundation is probably because you haven’t correctly modified the config.xml file in the installation Source folder. As you can see in the post above it’s necessary to modify the file to tell the installer not to check for OS version.

      To do this you will have to have the Source files placed in a folder where you can edit the file and save the changes. If you are using a read only media such as a CD og DVD you must copy the files to the local harddrive before modifying the file. If you have downloaded the single file web installer package you need to extract the package before you modify the file. To extract the web package run the file With parameter /extract and the path to where the files should be extracted.

      If you have any problems just let me know.


  4. Raghu Penumarthi
    December 10, 2012 at 08:25

    Thank you for your quick tip. This helps me have SharePoint 2010 foundation on my dev machine.


  5. Kumar
    February 8, 2013 at 03:51

    Hi Lasse

    I did change the config.xml file as shown above but still getting same error- this product requires windows server 2008 service pack 2 or above”

    Any suggestions?



    • March 8, 2013 at 11:30

      I’m sorry it took some time before I was able to respond. But are you sure you try to install SharePoint Foundation and not SharePoint server? This trip only works with SharePoint Foudation.


  6. March 26, 2013 at 11:25

    Thank you! This was fastest SharePoint installation ever!


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