Running SharePoint 2010 on Windows 8 Consumer Preview

If you're a SharePoint geek and you love beta software (just like me) then you'll want to know if it's possible to set up SharePoint 2010 on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.  I'm happy to report that it is, and that it's relatively easy.  🙂

What you need to do is install all of the prerequisites manually, turn UAC off and then follow these instructions for getting it set up on Windows 7:

You do need to be careful about the Windows Features though, as the package manager script listed on MSDN will not install the necessary .NET 3.5 features:


Before you can run up Central Administration, or any other SharePoint sites however, you will need to change the .NET Framework version to v2.0

Open up IIS Manager by hitting start and then typing inetmgr then hit enter.  You then need to expand application pools and right click on the app pool you want to change (all SharePoint App Pools will need to run under version 2.0.50727) and click basic settings:

IIS Manger

Once there, change the app pool from v4.0 to v2.0:

 After you've got it all up and running, you can then create SharePoint projects in Visual Studio, and use it for prototyping and playing around.  I still haven't managed to get the SharePoint PowerShell cmdlets to work as yet, since PowerShell runs against the v4 framework.  If anyone has any hints about this, then please let me know!

Comments (6)

  1. Brendan Law says:

    Ah, I just found out how to run PowerShell v2 which make it possible to run all the SharePoint cmdlets we know and love.  Start PowerShell up with the -Version switch set to 2.

    PowerShell.exe -Version 2

    Latest version of PowerGui still seemed to use PowerShell 3 with .Net 4.0…  Can you specify PowerShell start up parameters in PowerGui?

  2. Brendan Law says:

    Ooo, that sounds much easier than changing them every time…  And I just found this article showing where to do it:…/iis-7-tip-9-set-application-pool-defaults.aspx

    Thanks Simon!

  3. Simon says:

    I read something the other day that recommended using the "Set Application Pool defaults" to make sure all new AppPools are created using v2.  That way you don't have to come back and change them.

    Also the article recommended using PowerGUI for running SP Cmdlets as that product (albeit version targets v3.5.

  4. ace says:


    I am haven't problems on the installation.

    The links given for the files download are fine, but when I run it, it say "Installer encountered an error: 0x80096002" these following files:




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