If you Visual Studio 2010 setup keeps failing when it tries to install the Visual C++ runtime, here’s a quick fix for you.
Try installing one of the Visual Studio 2010 Express Editions (I did the Web Edition: http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx) and then run the VS2010 installation.
I think it has something to do with mounting the ISO as a drive.
If you haven’t heard of Office Web Apps before it’s basically Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote running inside a browser. It lets you edit documents right within the browser.
A bit of history
You can be forgiven to think that this is all new. The truth is that a skunkworks team within Microsoft built a version of this (code-name NetDocs) way back in 2000 (even before .NET was launched). It is believed that Steven Sinofsky (now head of Windows 7, previously head of Microsoft Office) managed to get this project killed off. Many years down the line Google snagged a lot of the guys from that original team (including the guy who Ballmer threw a chair at).
Back to the Article
Right. Back to our installation. The key document that you need to follow is this Deploy Office Web Apps guide on TechNet.
– The SharePoint 2010 beta needs to be installed
– The documents must be created with the new Office 2010 beta application in order to be editable (you can view all documents but to edit them in the browser you need to at least open and save the .docx using the latest beta of Word/Excel)
1. Download Office Web Apps from the download centre (here is the direct link). If you couldn’t figure it out the English version is the one named WcServer_en-us.exe
2. Extract the installation and edit the config.xml in order to allow installing on Windows 7. To do this run the following command from the command prompt.
If you have installed SharePoint 2010 on your Windows 7 you will be familiar with what this does.
Now you need to edit the config.xml in extract location and add the following line to \Files\Setup\config.xml just like you did for the SharePoint 2010 install.
<Setting Id="AllowWindowsClientInstall" Value="True"/>
That is it. Run setup.exe and follow the rest of the guide in the Deploy Office Web Apps article and you will be able to edit Office documents from within the browser in no time.
NB: I did not have to run any of the PowerShell scripts as the features were all activated. I simply created a new Web Application and uploaded some documents and was able to edit in the browser.
Here’s a quick summary of how I installed the public beta of SharePoint Server 2010.
– Windows 7 64 bit: What this means is that your workstation needs to be 64 bit and you need to have the 64 bit version of Windows 7 installed.
The key document that you need to follow for installing on Windows 7 is this article: Setting Up the Development Environment for SharePoint Server
– This was installed on Windows 7 Build 7100
– I had UAC turned off
– I already had Visual Studio 2010 Beta before installing SharePoint
– You need to manually download and install the pre-requisites for SharePoint 2010
– You need to extract the setup (using /extract), change an xml file before being able to run setup on Windows 7.
The only part of the guide that I was forced to skip was #5 of ‘Step 3: Install SharePoint’
The reason was that the install for the SQL Server patch kept asking for the other files in the multi-part zip. (Remember to unzip the file even though it has a .exe extension)
Excluding the download times it took about 30 minutes to install SharePoint server on my Dell XPS laptop which has 4GB of RAM.
Although there is no guide published yet I was able to install Office Web Apps on my laptop as well, that guide will follow next.