SharePoint 2010 Installation


In this article we can proceed with the installation of SharePoint 2010. Depending on your operating system and edition of SharePoint the installation files vary.


The following editions are available for SharePoint 2010.

  • Foundation
  • Standard
  • Enterprise

Software Pre-Requisites

The following are the software pre-requisites.
  • 64 bit Operating System (Windows 7 / Windows Vista SP2 / Windows Server 2008)
  • Net Runtime 3.5 SP1
  • ASP.NET 3.5 with SP1
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • PowerShell 2
  • Visual Studio 2010
Note: 64 bit Windows 7 can be installed on a 32 bit computer.  For production server the operating system should be Windows Server 2008 and SharePoint Standard/Enterprise.

There are multiple ways for installing SharePoint 2010. Here two of them are listed.

  1.  You can download a standard trial version from the following link.

  2.  Use the Easy Script to setup development machine with SharePoint 2010
    This option takes several hours depending on your internet connection speed.

  3. Use the Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) option to have a preconfigured environment for learning


Download the file specified in option 1. After the download execute SharePointServer.exe


You will get the following screen.


Use the Install software prerequisites menu item from the Install category.  As the installer check for Windows Server 2008 operating system you will get the following error.


We need to proceed with an alternative way for installation.

Proceeding with Installation

Open the command prompt and execute the following command.

SharePointServer.exe /extract:d:\SharePointFiles

(Ensure that you are specifying the folder in which enough space is there)


You will see the following message box after a while.


So now we are ready with the files in the specified folder.

Modify the config.xml

Locate the config.xml file from the folder SharePointFiles\Files\Setup.

Add the following tag inside the configuration section.

<Setting Id="AllowWindowsClientInstall" Value="True"/>

Run the Setup.cmd file

Now open the SharePointFiles folder and locate the Setup.cmd file.


Execute the command file and the installation will show the previous screen. First use the Install Pr-requisites option to install the required components.  Next use the Install SharePoint Server option to continue. Now the following new screen is prompted.


Enter the following key for the trial edition - VK7BD-VBKWR-6FHD9-Q3HM9-6PKMX. When that is pasted into the key, automatic validation is done and the Continue button gets enabled. Click the button to continue.


Accept the terms and again click Continue button.


In the above screen use the Standalone option to install all the SharePoint components in your machine. Now the installation starts.


Waiting for around 10 minutes, the installation will be completed; click the Close button.


If you checked the Configure option from the previous screen you will get the following Configuration wizard. Click the Next button to continue.. 


The wizard will perform activities like configuration of database, registering services, sample data creation etc. It will take almost 10-15 minutes for completion. On completion you can see the following dialog box.


Click on the Finish button to close the dialog.

Post Installation

After the installation you will be able to see the following start menu item.


Open the SharePoint 2010 Central Administration item and you will get the following prompt.


Enter the machine user name and password and proceed by clicking Ok button.


If you can see the above screen then you are ready with a successful installation.



In this article we have seen the trial installation of SharePoint 2010. The above installation is useful for evaluating SharePoint features and setting up a developer machine.

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