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SharePoint 2010 – Installation on Windows 7

, 30 May 2012 CPOL
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In this article we can proceed with the installation of SharePoint 2010. Depending on your operating system and edition of SharePoint the installation files varies.


In this article we will look into the installation of SharePoint 2010. Depending on your operating system and edition of SharePoint, the installation files vary. 


Following editions are available for SharePoint 2010: 

  • Foundation 
  • Standard
  • Enterprise 

Software Pre-Requisites

Following are the software pre-requisites 

  • 64 bit Operating System (Windows 7 / Windows Vista SP2 / Windows Server 2008)
  • .Net Runtime 3.5 SP1 link 
  • MS Chart link 
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 link 
  • PowerShell 2 link 
  • Visual Studio 2010 link 

Note:64 bit Windows 7 can be installed on a 32 bit computer. For production server the operating system should be Windows Server 2008 and SharePoint Standard/Enterprise.


There are multiple ways for installing SharePoint 2010. Here three of them are listed.

1. You can download a standard trial version from the following link:

2. Use the Easy Script to setup development machine with SharePoint 2010

This option takes several hours depending on your internet connection speed. 

3. Use the Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) option to have a preconfigured environment for learning  


Download the file specified in option 1. After the download execute the file SharePointServer.exe


You will get the following screen:


Use the Install software prerequisites menu item from the Install category. As the installer check for Windows Server 2008 operating system you will get the following error.


We need to proceed with an alternative way for installation.

Proceeding with Installation

Open the command prompt and execute the following command:

SharePointServer.exe /extract Big Grin | :-D  :\SharePointFiles

(Ensure that you are specifying the folder in which enough space is there)


You will see the following message box after a while: 


So now we are ready with the files in the specified folder.

Modify the config.xml

Locate the config.xml file from the folder SharePointFiles\Files\Setup

Add the following tag inside the configuration section:

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

Run the Setup.cmd file

Now open the SharePointFiles folder and locate the Setup.cmd file.


Execute the command file and the installation will show the previous screen. First use the Install Pre-requisites option to install the required components. Next use the Install SharePoint Server option to continue. Now the following new screen is prompted. 


Enter the following key for trial edition: VK7BD-VBKWR-6FHD9-Q3HM9-6PKMX. On pasting the key automatic validations happens and the Continuebutton gets enabled. Click the button to continue.


Accept the terms and again click Continue button. 


In the above screen use the Standalone option to install all the SharePoint components in your machine. Now the installation starts.. 


Waiting for around 10 minutes, the installation will get completed click the Close button.


If you checked the Configureoption from the previous screen you will get the following Configuration wizard. Click the Next button to continue..


The wizard will perform activities like configuration of database, registering services, sample data creation etc. It will take almost 10-15 minutes for completion. On completion you can see the following dialog box. 


Click on the Finish button to close the dialog.

Post Installation

After the installation you will be able to see the following start menu item:


Open the SharePoint 2010 Central Administration item and you will get the following prompt:


Enter the machine user name and password and proceed by clicking Ok button. 


If you can see the above screen then you are ready with a successful installation.



In this article we have seen the trial installation of SharePoint 2010. The above installation is useful for evaluating SharePoint features and setting up a developer machine.  


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Author

Jean Paul V.A
United States United States
Jean Paul is a Microsoft MVP and Architect with 12+ years of experience. He is very much passionate in programming and his core skills are SharePoint, ASP.NET & C#.

In the academic side he do hold a BS in Computer Science & MBA. In the certification side he holds MCPD & MCTS spanning from .Net Fundamentals to SQL Server.

Most of the free time he will be doing technical activities like researching solutions, writing articles, resolving forum problems etc. He believes quality & satisfaction goes hand in hand.

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