How to install the hotfix for SharePoint 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7
If you are trying to install SharePoint 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7, you may encounter an error message that says "Setup is unable to proceed due to the following error(s): This product requires Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 or above". This is because SharePoint 2010 requires a hotfix that is not included in the original installation media of Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7.
The hotfix that you need is KB976462, which can be downloaded from here. This hotfix contains several updates that improve the compatibility and performance of SharePoint 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7.
To install the hotfix, follow these steps:
Download the hotfix from the link above and save it to a local folder.
Run the hotfix installer as an administrator and follow the instructions.
Restart your computer when prompted.
Run the SharePoint 2010 setup again and complete the installation.
You should now be able to install SharePoint 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 without any errors. For more information about SharePoint 2010 installation requirements, see here.
After you have installed SharePoint 2010 on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7, you may want to configure some settings and features to suit your needs. Here are some common tasks that you can perform:
Create a web application and a site collection. A web application is a container for one or more site collections, which are groups of websites that share common features and settings. To create a web application and a site collection, see here and here.
Activate or deactivate features. Features are optional components that provide specific functionality to your SharePoint sites. You can activate or deactivate features at different levels, such as the farm, the web application, the site collection, or the site. To activate or deactivate features, see here.
Manage user permissions and groups. You can control who can access and perform actions on your SharePoint sites by assigning permissions and groups. Permissions are the level of access that users have to a site or an item, such as read, edit, or delete. Groups are collections of users who share the same permissions. To manage user permissions and groups, see here.
For more information about how to use and administer SharePoint 2010, see here. aa16f39245