Installing SharePoint Foundation 2010 on Windows 7

One of the major improvement of SharePoint 2010 product is its ability to install and run on the client operating system like Windows 7. This article would elaborate the steps to install SP  Foundation 2010 on Windows 7 (X64). The configuration of my laptop is Intel I5 Processor, 4GB RAM and set up with Windows 7 Enterprise Edition (X64) & Visual studio 2010 Service Pack1.


Step1 –

Install WCF hotfix for Windows 7 located in


Install ADO.NET Data Services updates for .NET 3.5 SP1 located in


The next step is to install the other additional pre-requisites. The pre-requisite installer cannot be leveraged while installing SP Foundation 2010, unlike the installation of SP Server 2010. So the following pre-requisites have to be manually installed.


a) Microsoft Sync Framework

b) SQL Server Native Client

c) Windows Identity Foundation


Step 4

Enable the set of required Windows Features by running the following scripts

start /w pkgmgr /iu:IIS-WebServerRole;IIS-WebServer;IIS-CommonHttpFeatures;^


Step 5

The next task is to extract the SharePoint Foundation installer (SharePointFoundation.exe), apply required attributes for the configuration file.

Copy the SharePointFoundation.exe in to the folder where you want to install.

Extract the installer by typing the following in the command prompt
c:YourFolderSharePoint /extract:c:YourFolder


Open the Config.xml located in c:YourFolderfilesSetupconfig.xml

Add the following snippet inside <configuration> tag
<Setting Id="AllowWindowsClientInstall" Value="True"/>

Please make sure the the installer (SharePointFoundation.exe) is extracted only using the Extract option in Command prompt. If it is extracted using Winzip, it will given an error like “The language of this installation package is not supported”

Run SharePointFoundation.exe and install it as ‘StandAlone’







Run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard. If you are doing a standalone setup of SP Foundation2010, there is no need to install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 KB 970315 x64  hotfix.

Now it’s all set the SP Foundation 2010 setup is complete.

2 thoughts on “Installing SharePoint Foundation 2010 on Windows 7

  1. Pingback: Installing SharePoint Foundation 2010 on Windows 7 - My experiments with SharePoint, Azure and .NET using Visual Studio

  2. Fantastic!
    However, some steps need modification based on the action word specified:
    Step 5 ->Please, note the modification because the exe downloaded is SharePointFoundation.exe not SharePoint.exe

    Extract the installer by typing the following in the command prompt
    SharePointFoundation /extract:c:YourFolder

    Also, Run SharePointFoundation.exe and install it as ‘StandAlone’ still gives error of making reference to Windows 2008 Server instead of Windows 7. So, “Run SharePointFoundation.exe” should be changed to “Run setup.exe”

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