Share Point Foundation 2010 Installation

How to install SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SPF2010) (WSS 4.0) and SharePoint Designer 2010, and stay safe (or normal).

DBJ SPF 2010 Installed and ready

This is a great way to learn to work with the SharePoint 2010 platform. Just download SharePoint Foundation 2010 – if you would follow the logic of naming from the previous versions, this would have been Windows SharePoint Services 4.0 – together with SharePoint Designer 2010. These tools do not have any additional license cost. So why not try them out…? Well perhaps because one can easily “go off his trolley” trying to do that. Just because I am very strong and capable, I have managed to install SPF2010 on W7x64. And also because I am benevolent I will share my wisdom with you 😉

  • In the (very likely) case Your development machine is Win7 x64 please “jump” first to this page:

    Setting Up the Development Environment for SharePoint 2010 on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008

    • IMPORTANT: Save Yourself a lot of grief and read this note.

      The location of the config.xml, which is crucial file to be edited, is not clearly explained.

      If you have unpacked the SharePointFoundation setup in (for example) E:\SharePointFiles, then You DO NOT, edit


      Instead you DO first start E:\SharePointFiles\SharePointFoundation.exe /extract …. , as explained in the page whose link is above

      Then you DO edit the setup config file which You will find here :
      “C:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\SharePoint2010\Files\Setup\config.xml”

      This is the first of the two extremely important omissions from the published manual, second is this:

      Your SharePointFoundation 2010 (SPF2010) setup will try silently to setup SQL Server 2008 Express, and

      SQL Server 2008 Express CAN NOT be installed in compressed folders.

      Thererefore Your SPF2010 installation will keep on failing unexplicably until you do not make sure these folders are decompressed on your NTFS C: drive

      1. C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server
      2. C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared
      3. C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\microsoft shared
      4. C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server

      Right now, this is not mentioned ANYWHERE on-line and associated with SPF2010, at least not on any MSFT maintained sites, available publicly.

      Please be aware. SPF2010 Setup will not tell you any of these problems exactly. It will just refuse to install with some high level irrelevant error message about ‘Office Components’. And then You will have to dive in the sea of log files, generated in : C:\Users\admin\AppData\Local\Temp , or wherever your %TEMP% is pointing to. Alternatively You can first do what I advise You here to do.

    • At last here is the link to the SharePoint Foundation 2010
    • IMPORTANT : Read this too before attempting to install SP Designer on your W7x64 machine

      In case You are reading this your machine is Win7x64 AND you DO NOT have Office 2010 64 bit installed.

      If You want to install SP Designer 64 bit, you can not have 32 bit Office (any version) on the same machine. If you try you will be greated with the dialogue very simillar to this one


      SP Designer64bit minefield

      Yet another detail, MVP’s forgot to mention, on all theirs helpful forums. Of course someone who was overseeing (if anyone was) this installation nightmare in development, knew You are by now too tired to ask: WTF this message looks like someone is installing Office 2010 ?!

      Still the ordeal might be proceeding for You, in likely case you dare to use Office 2003 on Your Win7x64 machine. Which 90% of us does, I am affraid

      The next hurdle is that SP Designer setup (32 bit) is going to start and immediately stop with the following error:



      At this point You have to either remove all Office 2003 bits from your machine or do as this dialogue orders.

    • This way for SharePoint Designer 2010 (32-bit) download.
    • Or this way for SharePoint Designer 2010 (64-bit) the 64 bit version – Note: This is the 64-bit version of SharePoint Designer. SharePoint Designer 2010 only connects to SharePoint 2010. To connect to SharePoint 2007 and earlier sites you must continue to use SharePoint Designer 2007. If you elect to install both applications side-by-side, you must download the 32-bit version of SharePoint Designer 2010, and install it after installing SharePoint Designer 2007. Please also note that 64 bit Office applications will not run if SharePoint Designer 2007 is installed; 64-bit Office 2010 applications should only be used if not connecting to SharePoint 2007 servers.
    • Search Server 2010 Express -If you’re using SharePoint Foundation, you can easily add search capabilities to your collaboration environment across SharePoint sites, file shares, web sites, Exchange Public Folders, and third party repositories using Microsoft Search Server 2010 Express

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