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Installing SharePoint2010 on Windows VISTA

Finally I started my first installation on sharepoint2010 on Windows Vista Home Premium. It had been long time I had download SharePoint 2010 and wanted to install it desperately. I couldn’t install it on my machine since its 32 bit, and affording a new machine at this point is like a big hole in my pocket. Though I have got one instance of SharePoint 2010 at my company, but I didn’t really enjoy exploring it since it’s damn slow because of Hardware resources allocated to it.

The craze of installing SP2010 made me burrow my friend’s laptop which has a decent configuration where I can start my installation. Given below is the Laptop Configuration Details.

HP HDX18t Premium Series Notebook PC

• Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack2 (64-bit)
• Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor P8700 (2.53 GHz, 3 MB L2 Cache, 1066MHz FSB)
• 4GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) – For 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 130M
• 500GB 7200RPM SATA Dual Hard Drive (250GB x 2) with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection

It always better to read some article to start SharePoint 2010 installation, so I went through this link to start my installation. So in the first step it was specified that I can “install SharePoint 2010 on Install SharePoint on Windows 7 x64, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 x64, or Windows Vista Service Pack 2 x64.”

I started to install all the prerequisites specified, had faced little bit of problem in Uninstalling Power Shell and the hot fix. Also performed a windows updates, once the updated was done I restarted my machine and ran the setup file. Was really happy to see the installation Screen of SP2010 but this didn’t long since I saw another popup which said “Setup is not able to proceed due to following errors: This product requires Windows Vista (x64) SP1 or above Business, Enterprise or Ultimate or Windows 7(x64) Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate. Correct the issue listed above and re-run the setup”.

It was a disaster when I saw this error. It would have been good if the Microsoft article had mentioned clearly that SharePoint 2010 cannot be installed on Windows Vista and Windows 7 Home Premium Edition. It would have definitely saved my time. I am not sure if there are any workaround for this , if any please feel free to leave a comment on the post.


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