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Running SharePoint on Windows 7

I tried to put up SharePoint development environment on Windows 7 and guess what – I succeeded. I took smaller challenge and installed WSS 3.0 SP2. Of course, you can also install SharePoint Server instead of WSS. On my machine WSS 3.0 uses SQL Server 2008 Express edition as database. For MOSS 2007 you should have SQL Server 2008 Developer edition.


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Abdel said:

Thanks.. i am planning to install WSS on my Windows 7 machine.. :-) keep up the good work

# May 7, 2009 3:33 PM

Steven Fowler said:

Thanks for sharing with the community. I will be setting up MOSS and Win 2k8 soon.

# May 7, 2009 3:50 PM

Splibit said:

This is just awful! I've been fighting all day to try to get programs to work with Windows 7 and I've come to the conclusion that it is pointless.

Maybe Microsoft should stop feverishly shipping shoddy software and focus on making all of their CURRENT products work together! No group should be allowed to ship a product that does not work across all platforms, processors, etc. I have a "top of the line" 64-bit machine running Windows 7 and I can't do diddly squat! Why? Because not all programs support 64-bit and/or Vista (Windows 7). STUPID!!

# May 11, 2009 6:11 PM

Claudio said:


I did it!!!

My first try was wrong but after read your post I get it!!

Thanks again

# June 12, 2009 9:24 AM

Syed Atif Imtiaz said:

Hey man, you did a nice job, i have installed SharePoint on Windows 7.

Thanks Man.

# August 25, 2009 12:52 PM

Balaji said:

Hey Dude

Every thing works fine except the deployment in wssvse 1.2

I am using Win 7 RTM 64 bit.

I am getting the following error

Object reference not set to an instance of an object.

Any help appreciated.

# November 3, 2009 6:35 AM

DigiMortal said:

Hi Balaji! At what moment you get this error? Are you getting this error when deploying solution?

# November 3, 2009 12:10 PM

Tarun Khurana said:

I have been trying to setup WSS 3.0 64 Bit SP2 on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit using steps in Bamboo Team Blog entry. The setup completes successfully but when I try to launch ‘SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard’ it crashes and the following error is logged in Event Log.

Fault bucket 733159878, type 5

Event Name: CLR20r3

Response: Not available

Cab Id: 0

Problem signature:

P1: psconfig.exe

P2: 12.0.6413.1000

P3: 4902dc0c

P4: psconfig


P6: 4902dc0c

P7: 15

P8: 14

P9: System.IO.FileNotFoundException


Any help/guidance would be highly appreciated.

# December 17, 2009 5:34 AM

DigiMortal said:

Configutation qizard creates also log file. You can see there what file was not found. It is highly appreciated if you also provide this information here.

# December 17, 2009 12:49 PM

Sidhu said:

Hi there

I am following exact steps but unable to install WSS on windows 7.

I am getting error "There are no products affected by this package installed on this system".

Could you please help me out.

# January 15, 2010 4:39 AM

Sidhu said:

Machine is of 32 bit architecture.

# January 15, 2010 4:52 AM

Amjad said:

i get access denied when i try to "assign service to servers"

please help me on this

# February 3, 2010 1:41 PM

Shubham said:


I am trying to install Sharepoint on Win 7 Home premium.

Installation completes without any errors..but the central admin site displays a blank page....have already tried many things given in various forums to solve this problem..Plz help me out

Have tried..

Running IE with run as administrator

Also have changed authentication to basic authentication from IIS

Plz help

# February 27, 2010 1:02 PM

DigiMortal said:

Hi Shubham! I am not very sure if Windows 7 Home Premium is the best choice for running something that needs server based operating system.

To get better idea what is going on check out SharePoint logs and look also event viewer to find out if there are any errors that may be helpful.

# February 27, 2010 4:04 PM

Ruther said:

I have a moss and wss 3.0 installer both still have compatibility problems even when launch from wssforvista folder in the program files.

I am using windows 7 btw.

Microsoft really really must get into this problems of compatibility since this is one of the reasons they suck big time. (I know you wanna get rid of the past os but this is too much)

# April 4, 2010 9:47 AM

Abhishek said:

While trying to installWSS 3.0 SP1 on Windows7, I am getting the error message "There are no products affected by this package installed on this system."

Can someone please help me regarding this?

# April 5, 2010 3:25 AM

DigiMortal said:

If you start having mysterious errors then you should understand that WSS/MOSS is not supported on Windows desktop versions and you have to find out by yourself how to solve these issues.

# April 9, 2010 10:43 PM

john said:

????  I want to install sharepoint server 2007 on Windows 7, not sharepoint services.  How EXACTLY do I do that?

# May 17, 2010 3:46 PM

Shiva Krishna said:


It Worked For Me.

Thanks And  Regards.

P.Shiva Krishna


# January 5, 2011 6:03 AM

Sarnendu De said:


Is it possible to install SharePoint on Windows 7 Home Basic?  Also Can we install IIS here like in Windows XP? If yes, Please let me know how to do that, thanks in advance.



# January 14, 2011 7:19 AM

Kottayan said:


While trying installation; receiveing an error that " this product require windows server 2003 service pack 1 " .. Any Soulutions to over come this erro ??

# January 16, 2011 1:43 AM

DigiMortal said:

I am using Windows 7 Ultimate. I think there are limitations on Home editions, so if your install does not succeed there you should use some more powerful version on Windows 7.

# January 24, 2011 8:07 AM

eric said:

thank a ton!! helped a lot....

# May 16, 2011 2:47 PM

Leprechaun Salon Software said:

Thanks for the valuable information. Its really very good that we can run Sharepoint 2007 on Windows 7.

# July 13, 2011 11:36 AM

Bob Elander said:

Thanks Gunnar, for the terrific post.  I dare say it would be helpful if you would update your post and show us how to install SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7.  

# January 16, 2012 10:47 AM

DigiMortal said:

Thanks for feedback, Bob! You should be able to install SP2010 on Windows 7 easily. Still be aware of problems related to DCOM settings as some of these you want to change after updates maybe read-only on Windows 7.

Here is official guide how to set up SharePoint 2010 development environment on Windows 7:

# January 16, 2012 11:55 AM

prabu said:

I tried to install the sharepoint in windows 7 while configuring the database i am getting error. I could not resolve it...:)

# February 17, 2012 4:25 AM