Installing SharePoint 2010 RTM on Windows 7 x64

I’ve seen several messages on support forums lately about people having problems trying to install SharePoint 2010 RTM on top of Windows 7 x64 to create a development environment.  The problems seem to stem from changes that have been made to the custom installation sequence required since documentation was written for the BETA.  The Win7 Beta install instructions don’t work quite right for the RTM version.  Microsoft updated the instructions on Technet today (April 30th), but I think they can still be somewhat intimidating since the cover Win7, Vista, and VM installations.  So I thought I would boil them down to just a simple Win7 install and include pictures.  Here are the instructions I’ve tested.  Hope they help you.

Before you Install SharePoint

1. Install Windows 7 x64. Please Note: You can’t use either the K or KN edition (Korean)

2. Install the WCF Hotfix for Microsoft Windows (KB976462). The hotfix is available here:

3. Install the ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to enable REST (KB976127). It’s available here:

4. Xcopy the SharePoint installation files from the DVD to a folder on your harddrive. If you downloaded them as an executable extract the files using the following command for SPF:

{path to EXE}\SharePoint.exe /extract:{subdirectory}

{path to EXE}\SharePoint.exe /extract:{subdirectory}

or this for SPS:

{path to EXE}\OfficeServer.exe /extract:{subdirectory}

5. Edit the installation configuration file called config.xml located in the \files\Setup\ folder under the subdirectory where you copied or extracted the setup files. Add the following line to the <Configuration> section:

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

Note: These settings are Case Sensitive. Be very careful with your edits.

6. Install the following included prerequisite:

Microsoft FilterPack Beta – Found in the PrerequisiteInstallerFiles\FilterPack directory where you copied or extracted your files. Run FilterPack.msi

7. Download and install the following prerequisites:

8. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off and enable the following Windows 7 Features:


9. Restart Windows 7 to activate the new feature set.

Install SharePoint Foundation or SharePoint Server

10. To install SharePoint Server 2010 or SharePoint Foundation 2010, run Setup.exe from the folder where you extracted the files.

11. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.

1SPF license

12. Choose an installation type. Standalone is the easiest and sufficient for many Developers. You will need a SQL server available if you choose to do a Server Farm install.


13. Once the installation is complete, you are prompted to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard. Click the Close button to complete the installation and configure SharePoint.


14. After a minute or two the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard will start. Click Next.

15. You will see a dialog box warning you that Windows 7 is not supported for production environments. Click OK


16. Next you will see a dialog box warning you that some Services will be stopped. Click Yes.

17. You will see a dialog box with a progress bar. Wait for the installation to be complete.


18. You should see a Configuration Successful dialog when the install is completed. Click Finish and SharePoint will launch the Central Admin website. You can now create additional SharePoint sites as needed and install your development tools.


You can now create additional SharePoint sites as needed and install your development tools.

You can see the full instructions on Technet here:

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Paul Papanek Stork

I am a SharePoint MVP who has specialized in Microsoft products since the mid-1990s. As a "Jack of all Trades" I have developed expertise as a network administrator, developer, and DBA. I works as a consultant/trainer where my breadth of knowledge makes me ideally suited to combine Administrative, Development, and SharePoint Designer topics. My 20+ years of experience and broad background make me a much sought after resource for SharePoint questions that cross traditional boundaries. I was a contributing author to the Developer's Guide to Windows SharePoint Services v3 Platform and the SharePoint Server 2007 Deployment Best Practices. My most recent book, the MCTS Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Configuration Study Guide: Exam 70-631, was released in October, 2009.

17 thoughts on “Installing SharePoint 2010 RTM on Windows 7 x64”

  1. One small difference, I couldn’t get Windows Identity to install for me. The x64 version said it wasn’t for my operating system. Otherwise great guide!

  2. Good catch Bill. Somehow I copied the link for the Windows Server 2003 version of the Windows Identity Framework instead of the Win7/Server 2008 version. I've fixed the link so it now points to the right download location.

  3. I've installed SharePoint Server 2010 on Windows 7 and SQL 2008 R2. Everything works great and all configuration is reported as running successfully. When I open Central Admin I get the dreaded internal server 500 error. I thought it might be an IIS issue but I could not figure it out. Do you have any suggestions?

  4. In my experience Server 500 errors are usually caused by SharePoint having problems accessing the database files correctly. Double check to make sure your application pool identity account has access rights to the Central Admin content database and the config database in SQL. Sometimes an error 500 can also be fixed just by re-running the Products and Technology Configuration wizard.

  5. I reran Products and Technology Configuration wizard and same error. I turned off friendly error messages for IE and it just returns a blank page. I made sure the App Pool account for Central Admin site is db_owner of both config and content admin databases. Still same blank page. I checked the 14 logs and I have this error with the w3wp process “Cannot get the SPMonitoredScope for the request”.

  6. Great instructions, but I'm having trouble with my SharePoint Server 2010 installation on my Windows 7 Pro machine. I have updated my config file, however, when I try to install SharePoint Server, I get this message in the log file: Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s):
    This product requires Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 or above.
    Correct the issue(s) listed above and re-run setup.

    Any ideas?

  7. Are you sure you are running setup.exe from the hard drive where you extracted the files from the DVD? This is normally caused by setup.exe not seeing the altered setting in the Config.xml file that you changed.

  8. The config.xml file is located in C:SharePointFilesFilesSetup. My setup.exe file is in C:SharePointFiles. This is what my config file looks like:

    <Package Id=”sts”>
    <Setting Id=”LAUNCHEDFROMSETUPSTS” Value=”Yes”/>

    <Package Id=”spswfe”>
    <Setting Id=”SETUPCALLED” Value=”1″/>

    <Logging Type=”verbose” Path=”%temp%” Template=”SharePoint Server Setup(*).log”/>
    <PIDKEY Value=”XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX” /> (Real key shows here)
    <Setting Id=”SERVERROLE” Value=”SINGLESERVER”/>
    <Setting Id=”USINGUIINSTALLMODE” Value=”1″/>
    <Setting Id=”SETUPTYPE” Value=”CLEAN_INSTALL”/>
    <Setting Id=”SETUP_REBOOT” Value=”Never”/>
    <Setting Id=”AllowWindowsClientInstall” Value=”True”/>

    Also, this is a trial download.

  9. I tried it last night with the Trial install and it worked fine for me. The only thing different was that I didn't edit the config.xml to include the PIDKEY. I typed that in manually.

  10. Finally got it to install by setting up a farm instead of standalone. The issue now is that my css and images don't render in Central Admin. The files are there and pointing the correct directories when I view source, but they don't load (I've tried IE, Firefox and Chrome). Have you encountered this before?

  11. A big thank you to you Paul … this may be an old article but it was invaluable in helping me to install Sharepoint Server 2010 on my Win7 laptop. Hopefully the first step in a career shift to include Sharepoint! Cheers!

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