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Installing SharePoint Server 2010 on Windows 7 x64

, 20 Nov 2009 Ms-PL
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A small guide to installing SP2010 on your client OS


If you wanted to install WSS v3 / MOSS 2007 on your client OS, you had to use all sorts of tricks and tools.
There was this tool from Bamboo Solutions.

But now, you can simply install SharePoint Server 2010 on your client OS just by modifying a config file.


  • Process Explorer (Download)
  • SharePoint Server 2010 Beta installer (I used en_sharepoint_server_2010_beta_x64_x16-19249.exe)
  • Windows 7 x64 as client OS


Ok, let's start up the SharePoint installer and you'll get the following error when trying to install SharePoint:

It seems that SharePoint Server 2010 is only compatible with Windows Server 2008 x64. But it's not.
Ok, start up Process Explorer while the installer splashscreen is running and you'll see the following:


So it seems that the installer was unpacked in C:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\oserver2010. You can browse to that directory now.

  • Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\oserver2010
  • Go to the Files folder
  • Go to the Setup folder
  • Open config.xml
  • Add the following line before the closing </configuration> tag
<Setting Id="AllowWindowsClientInstall" Value="True"/>

Once you've modified the config file, you'll be able to install SharePoint Server 2010 on your Windows 7 machine!
Now you can have your development environment without even dual booting with Server 2008.



  • 20th November, 2009: Initial post


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Comments and Discussions

QuestionWhat about Windows 8 PinmemberMember 1097373226-Jul-14 20:54 
QuestionThanks PinmemberJackanory7-Jan-14 5:18 
Questioninstalling sharepoint Pinmembermasmuh vitezstvi27-Nov-13 17:35 
QuestionThanks much Pinmemberquaichieu7-May-13 0:55 
AnswerHow to Install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 on Vista x64/x86 Pinmembermohmmad omar mustafa7-Mar-13 11:21 
Questionsame Problem Pinmemberkasthuraiah21-Jan-13 0:34 
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GeneralMy vote of 5 PinmemberSreejith Gopinathan14-Jun-12 16:05 
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GeneralHow to install SharePoint in Window 7? PinmemberRajesh Singh00719-Dec-11 0:32 
SuggestionSetting Up the Development Environment for SharePoint 2010 on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 PinmemberPhaniKatakam18-Nov-11 1:36 
GeneralWill not install database now PinmemberMember 78092113-Apr-11 11:43 
GeneralGreat! PinmemberMember 78092113-Apr-11 10:55 
GeneralExcellent trick, thx a lot!!! PinmemberHumberto19098328-Feb-11 9:42 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmvpMark Nischalke25-Dec-10 15:30 
Documented more throughly elsewhere.
GeneralThanks you very much Pinmembernhvubak11-Nov-10 16:49 
GeneralWow, thank you. Pinmember@ Jmaster18-Oct-10 10:52 
GeneralMy vote of 1 PinmemberZodraz5-Sep-10 9:37 
GeneralMy vote of 2 PinmemberAli BaderEddin8-Jun-10 22:32 
GeneralMy vote of 2 PinmemberAlliston10-May-10 3:00 
RantExcellent trick, however...still Pre-requirements must be installed before Pinmemberc_marius21-Feb-10 4:17 
GeneralRe: Excellent trick, however...still Pre-requirements must be installed before PinmemberAli BaderEddin8-Jun-10 22:31 
GeneralThanks PinmemberMahmood Moghimi22-Nov-09 18:29 

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