How to install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 on Vista x64/x86

If you are a developer for SharePoint your best friend has been Virtual PC or VMWare. It s time to introduce a new friend Bamboo Nation s SharePointOnVista J

We have put together an installer that allows you to install WSS3.0 SP1 on Vista both x86 and x64.  This will allow you to develop on your workstation with all the power of a non virtualized environment. You still need VPC and VMWare so don t feel sorry.

There s been much discussion about SharePoint being a "bad" development platform. This will remove the objection that you NEED to develop on a Server OS.  I think we all as SharePoint developers have built our "virtualization skills" to a comfortable level now so it s time to give us a break ;)

So please download the setup helper and try it out. I really want to hear from you about problems you encountered so we can fix them.  Please leave your comments here or we can discuss in this forum. It would be nice to hear about successful installations too J

UPDATE: If you run Windows Vista Home Premium IIS only supports Basic Authentication. Therefore you MUST manually enable Basic Authentication in the IIS management console. 

UPDATE: John McBride has posted a solution for all of us that runs Vista 64 bit so we can install the new VSeWSS 1.2 with support for VS 2008. Just go here to see how to solve it. Thanks John!

UPDATE: Jim Parshall has created a detailed video tutorial that walks you through everything you need to do to get WSS running on Vista. It s pretty big so it takes a while to download but it s well worth it. Click here to get the video. Thanks Jim!

Current limitations:

  • You must select the Advanced option during install.
  • If you want to run on SQLExpress manually install it first.  Get it here.
  • You have to manually enable IIS7 with the proper options (explained).
  • Your workstation has to be part of a domain. UPDATE: This is not required.

Here s how you install it.

First download the installation helper and the correct version of WSS with SP1.

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with Service Pack 1

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 x64 with Service Pack 1

Go here to download our Setup Helper file

Now run the setup helper (WssVista.msi).


You will see an UAC prompt select Continue to proceed with the installation.  



Once the install has completed you will find the SetupLauncher.exe in the install location you selected. If you didn t change the default option you will see it under the directory ..Program FilesWssOnVistaSetup

Configuring IIS7

Before we go any further we need to make sure IIS7 is installed with all required options .

Go to Control Panel and click Programs.


 Under Program and Features click Turn Windows features on or off.

 Under Windows Features select Web Management Tools and World Wide Web Services. Enable at least the following options and choose OK.

Wait until Windows has configured all options.

 Installing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 on Vista.

After completing the above steps it s time for the interesting part. Locate SetupLauncher.exe and start it. You will once again see an UAC prompt select Continue.


After the SetupLauncher run select the WSS installation file Sharepoint.exe or the MOSS installation file and click OK.  First the package will be extracted.

After the files have been extracted the WSS setup program will be started.

The current version only supports the advanced installation option so select that one.

Select Web Front End when asked about Server Type. The database will be created later.

 Sit back and relax while SharePoint is being installed you are running Vista remember ;)

Hopefully you will see the following screen at the end of the installation. If you would get an error during the installation step try to run a Repair.


Leave the checkbox checked and click Close to run the Configuration Wizard.


At the second screen select the option to create a new server farm.


Specify your database server (e.g. MYLAPTOPSQLEXPRESS) and account information.


image wssvistainstall_16  

  Let the Configuration Wizard do it s work.


And you should end up with this screen congratulations!



The final result is WSS running on Vista Enjoy!


Note: Remember that this is a "beta" product tool from Bamboo.  Do not use it for any production work as well as the usual "backup your system before install this program".  Obviously running WSS v3 or MOSS on Vista is not a supported environment by MS. 

UPDATE: Additional discussions and solutions on instalation issues can be found in this forum.

UPDATE:  If you run Vista Home Premium you have to enable Basic Authentication in IIS if you don t you will only see a blank page.

Here s how to do it:

Open up IIS management console and Enable Basic Authentication. You have to do this for ALL Web Applications you are creating.



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