D'Arcy from Winnipeg
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VS 2008 Extensions for WSS 3.0 on XP

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 10:07 AM

Microsoft has tools available that add SharePoint templates for things like Web Parts, Site Definitions, and List Definitions. I tried to download and install them onto my Windows XP system but (cue the sad tuba), it complained that WSS 3.0 wasn’t installed on my machine.

Unfortunately WSS 3.0 won’t install on XP or Vista…its an OS supported install only. And if you look at the requirements for the VS WSS extensions, it clearly says:


In our situation, I don’t eve really want WSS 3.0 installed on my local anyway. We have a shared development SharePoint server that we use to model our changes on, so I just want the tools so I can develop locally but deploy/test remotely.

Luckily, there is a solution. I found Rus Ambler’s blog where, in addition to dropping a great quote from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels (“Guns for show, Knives for a pro”) he also tells how to make the installer *think* SharePoint is installed:

Simply fire up regedit (or your favorite Registry Editor) an create yourself a new set of keys under HKLM called SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0. Now create a REG_SZ value called SharePoint and set it to equal Installed.

So by doing this…


you can install the VS.NET WSS extensions and develop in all its SharePoint glory. Thanks Rus!



# re: VS 2008 Extensions for WSS 3.0 on XP

You can install WSS (and MSSX or MOSS) on Vista or Win7 with this installer hack:
http://community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/bambooteamblog/archive/2008/05/21/how-to-install-windows-sharepoint-services-3-0-sp1-on-vista-x64-x86.aspx 4/28/2009 10:42 AM | Keith Dahlby

# re: VS 2008 Extensions for WSS 3.0 on XP

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 5/14/2009 12:46 PM | Greg

# re: VS 2008 Extensions for WSS 3.0 on XP

This little hack only seems to work for VS 2008 extensions for SharePoint Services v 1.2, available for download at

I can't get it to work for version 1.3, downloadable at

Has anyone else encountered this?
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S 7/20/2009 10:42 AM | Steve F.

# re: VS 2008 Extensions for WSS 3.0 on XP

Thanks for tip, it helped me. I was able to Install v1.3 on XP without any issues 7/29/2009 12:53 PM | Kiran

# re: VS 2008 Extensions for WSS 3.0 on XP

I had completed to install v1.3 but error on SharePoint Solution Generator 2008.

Error meesgae: "The HTTP request is unauthorized with client authentication scheme 'Negotiate'. The authentication header received from the server was ''." 8/22/2009 4:23 AM | zhan

# re: VS 2008 Extensions for WSS 3.0 on XP

@Steve: I see same thing. 1.2 works, 1.3 still won't install. At least the 1.3 from your download link. Is there another one that does work? 9/15/2009 5:18 PM | Chip

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