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Installing SharePoint 2010 on Windows 8

February 14, 2012

Today I installed SharePoint 2010 on the Developer Preview version of Windows 8. Good news is that it works”

The install experience was very similar to installing to Windows 7 following the MSDN guide. There are a few points however that worth mentioning:

  1. You must turn on many Windows features (IIS including IIS6 Management tools, .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Indentity Foundation). To be on the safe side, I turned on all features on my test VM. 🙂
    Note that you need internet connection for this step because Windows 8 connects to Windows Update during the feature installation.

  2. The prerequisite installer won’t work in Windows 8. You must download and install the prerequisites manually. (Chart control) Good point that Windows Indentity Foundation is now a feature, no need to download it (if you download it anyway, it wont’t install).

  3. The “AllowWindowsClientInstall” attribute must be added to the config.xml in the same way as for Windows 7.

  4. Before starting the installation, set the default Application pool framework to v2.0. For this open the IIS management console, select the Application Pools node under your server and click Set Application Pool defaults… in the Actions pane. In the pop-up window find .NET Framework version and set it to v2.0.

Now the installation should succeed.

Troubleshooting

Error:

Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s):
This product requires Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 or above.
Correct the issue(s) listed above and re-run setup.

Solution: Check point 3. an re-run the Installer

Error:

Windows Server Features or Role Services required by this product are not enabled.
For a complete list, refer to the link below. For the list of pre-requisites needed to install the product please refer to:

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=106209

Correct the issue(s) listed above and re-run setup.
You can install all required prerequisites for this product by selecting the ‘Install software prerequisites’ option in the splash screen. See Help for more information.

Solution: Check point 1. and 2. and re-run the Installer.

Exception:

Failed to provision the SharePoint Central Administration Web Application.
An exception of type System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException was thrown. Additional exception information: Filename: \\?\C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\47051\web.config
Line number: 25
Error: There is a duplicate ‘system.web.extensions/scripting/scriptResourceHandler’ section defined

Solution: Check point 4. an re-run the Configuration wizard

Error: Installation succeeds but when you try to browse the freshly installed site or the Central Administration, you receive a blank screen only.

Solution: Check point 1. You are probably missing a feature or a subfeature. Make sure you turned on all the required Windows features.

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4 Comments
  1. Aleksandr permalink

    This made my day =) Thanks. As for me – I got the black screen you talked about and solved it by installing filterpack from sharepoint folder

  2. Rodrigo permalink

    Hi

    to install the prerequisites, I have this error – Windows Update Standalone Installer. The certificate for the signer of the message is invalid or not found – I activate the Windows Identity Framework 3.5 feature and the error persists.

    Any idea?

  3. Vita Rosanti permalink

    I have edited the config.xml file but it’s still error :
    Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s):
    This product requires Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 or above.
    Correct the issue(s) listed above and re-run setup.

    But if I remove “” and run the setup using the command prompt I get the same error twice.
    Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s):
    -This product requires Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 or above
    -This product requires Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 or above.
    Correct the issue(s) listed above and re-run setup.

    Any Ideas?

    • First, make sure that after editing the config.xml you execute the extracted setup.exe and not the original installer exe.
      Also make sure that you use the same type of apostrophes in the config.xml as in the rest of the file (not just copy-past from HTML)

      If you still get the problem try this:

      – Start the original installer exe normally. As a first step it will extract the installation files to a temp folder in the background.
      – When the extraction is completed, the start screen of the installer comes up where you have to option to select wether install the prerequisites or start the sharepoint installation . At this point edit the C:\Program Files (x86)\MSECache\oserver2010\Files\Setup\config.xml file manually and add the required node. Save the file.
      – Now continue the installation by starting the SharePoint installation wizard from the start screen.

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