Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 is freely available to install on licensed copies of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. See for hardware and software requirements. For this tutorial, Windows Web Server 2008 R2 is being used with SQL Server 2008 Express edition.

Before completing this tutorial, have a clean install of Windows Web Server 2008 64-bit SP2 or higher or Windows Web Server 2008 R2 installed with the latest available updates applied. You can use a physical machine or setup a Virtual Machine using Hyper-V, VirtualBox, VMWare, etc.

Note for Windows Server 2008 (not R2): You must have the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, Windows PowerShell 2.0, and the Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable installed.

  1. Download Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SharePointFoundation.exe) from

  2. Run SharePointFoundation.exe

  3. On the SharePoint Foundation splash screen, select Install software prerequisites.

  4. Select Next

  5. After agreeing to the license terms, select Next

  6. Select Finish to Reboot

  7. After rebooting, the prerequisites installer should automatically continue. (If it doesn’t, run the installer again and select the prerequisite installer again).

  8. Select Finish

  9. Run SharePointFoundation.exe again.

  10. At the SharePoint Foundation splash screen, select Install SharePoint Foundation.

  11. After agreeing to the terms and conditions, select Continue

  12. Select Standalone

  13. SharePoint Foundation will now install. Once complete, uncheck the option to Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard (we will install any updates before running the wizard).

  14. Install the latest cumulative update available for SharePoint Foundation 2010. The latest updates can be found at Some, including myself, choose to install the update prior to the latest update in case of any issues with the update. By the time the next cumulative update is available, any issues with the previous one have been identified and dealt with (whether they re-released the update to resolve the issue or provided a workaround).

  15. Run the SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard (Start > All Programs > Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products).

  16. Select Next

  17. SharePoint will configure the database and provision the application.

  18. Select Finish


That’s it. Internet Explorer will open up and display your new SharePoint Foundation 2010 site. You can access Central Administration from your Start Menu.

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