Most of the developers generally develop the SharePoint solution on the server (e.g. Windows Server 2003 in case of WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 or Windows Server 2008 in case of SharePoint Foundation Server 2010 or MOSS 2010). But it is usually best to develop the solution on a local computer in case of MOSS 2010 or SharePoint Foundation Server 2010. This article describes you the steps to install SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7 environment..


Before  continuing installation, you have to make sure that your local computer having Windows 7 64 bit as operating system with atleast 2 GB of RAM. SQL Server 2008 64 bit (require certain updates or service packs) or SQL Server 2008 R2 64 bit. Also SharePoint installation required certain prerequisites on your operating system (Windows 7) before installation begins.


1. Start you SharePoint Installer file and you will get the following error:

As per error message SharePoint Server 2010 is only compatible with Windows Server 2008, This is because that default SharePoint 2010 installation works only for Windows Server 2008. But you can change this settings from one configuration file located at C:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\oserver2010\Files\Setup folder.

2. Open config.xml file.

3. Add the following line under <configuration> tag.

<Setting Id="AllowWindowsClientInstall" Value="True"/>

Note : configuration file is case-sensitive.

4. Save the configuration file.

5. Install the following prerequisites

- Microsoft Sync Framework
- SQL Server Native Client
- Windows Identity Foundation (Windows6.1-KB974405-x64.msu)
- Chart Controls (this is not required if you are going to install SharePoint Foundation 2010).
- SQL Server Analysis Services - ADOMD.Net (this is not required if you are going to install SharePoint Foundation 2010).

6. Enable the required Windows Features as shown below.

7. Restart your computer to complete the changes.

8. Re-Run Sharepoint Installer.

9. On the Choose the installation you want page choose Server Farm.

10. After the installation is complete, you are prompted to start the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard. Uncheck this option and click on Close.

11. Launch the SharePoint 2010 management shell (in the same location as the central admin link) and simply type the following command and press enter.

PSCONFIG.EXE -cmd configdb -create -server <SERVERNAME> 
-database SharePoint_2010_ConfigDB -user <SERVERNAME>\<ADMINISTRATOR USER>
-password ******** -passphrase ******** -admincontentdatabase SharePoint_2010_AdminContent

Note: Launch the SharePoint 2010 management shell with Run as Administrator option

12. After this completes you will find in SQL Management Studio a new configuration database and an admin content database

13. Next the simplest way to complete the installation is to run PSConfigUI.exe command as you now are starting with the server already joined to the farm. It will launch the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard

14. Follow the wizard through the same options as you had with SharePoint 2007 and complete the installation/configuration.

Yes, you are right brian. But after installing Standard version of SQL Server 2008, you have to install a lot of updates, service pack and other patches to successfully install SharePoint. I had tried this option also. But I have faced some problems during installation of available updates.

Posted by: Kamaljeet Verma  Posted Date :12-Nov-10

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