How to get SharePoint 2007 to run under Windows 7?

Ever wanted to know How to get SharePoint 2007 to run under Windows 7?, Well you’ve come to the right place.

This solution should work with both 32Bit and 64Bit versions, but you’ll be pleased to know its fully tested to work with Windows 7 64bit RTM.

Ok let’s get started.

You’ll need:

  • Your Original SharePoint 2007 with SP1 Install media. If you’ve got an MSDN subscription download the ISO and mount it.
  • SharePoint 2007 SP2 (either 32bit or 64Bit), can be found here (from Microsoft)
  • A setup helper application , located here
  • A database (I would go with SQL Server 2008, or get an express 64bit edition)
  • IIS Running

Overview:

To get SharePoint running on Windows 7 is not that difficult. We need to slipstream the original installation media with SP2 (because Win 7 won’t install prior versions). Then we’ll fire up the setup helper app, browse to the slipstreamed setup, select the setup.exe and it will now bypass the OS check. Once this is done we can install MOSS. After MOSS is installed, we will install a database. After this, we will run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard, provide the database instance, and MOSS should install nicely.

Step 1 : Mount your install media, or insert the DVD (remember this is MOSS with SP1) or for example (en_office_sharepoint_server_2007_standard_and_enterprise_edition_with_service_pack_1_x86_x64_dvd_x14-40187.iso)

Step 2: Copy the setup folder on the disk either the 32bit or 64bit folder to a local drive on your PC (for example: c:\MOSS2007)

Step 3: Download SharePoint 2007 SP2 can be found here (from Microsoft)

Step 4: Extract SP2 – and place extracted files in the updates folder of the copied original install media (for example c:\moss2007\updates)

This can be done… by doing this… (here is a 64bit example)

officeserver2007sp2-kb953334-x64-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:c:\moss007\updates

or

officeserver2007sp2-kb953334-x64-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract

If you don’t provide a path, you’ll get prompted to browse for one.

Step 5: Turn windows features on, make sure you have all of the following enabled:

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Step 6: Install SQL Server 2008 You decide on a version.

Step 7: Now the fun part… install MOSS using the setup helper application and it should go through without any problems at all….

Good luck – and have fun…..

And if you need more help just ask :)

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7 thoughts on “How to get SharePoint 2007 to run under Windows 7?

    • Version doesn’t matter, but I recently tested with vs 2010 beta 2, and it didn’t find my sharepoint installation, will post a workaround soon.

    • Hi Michael. I’ve followed your instructions to the letter (64 bit example – Windows 7). Slipstreamed the MOSS 2007/SP1 with SP2 in the Updates folder, enabled all the features, installed Sql Server 2008. I run the setup via the Bamboo Nation setup helper and I still get that irritating ‘compatibility problem’ dialog box. Any clues?

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