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Wednesday, 15 January 2014 15:09

Tip to make a downgrade from SharePoint 2013 Enterprise to SharePoint 2013 Foundation

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today I'm working with a new project and the specification from the project is to develop a new application with SharePoint 2013 Foundation.

I've already a virtual machine but with SharePoint 2013 Enterprise.

I've two basic possibility:

  1. create a new virtual machine
  2. uninstall the Enterprise version of SharePoint and install the Foundation.

I've used the second approach. So I've uninstalled SharePoint 2013 Enterprise version and immediately after I've installed the Foundation version.

Just during the Wizard, I've received some errors: "dll not found", "files from feature not found", etc.

The problems stem from the fact that into the "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\" folder there are the definitions of both versions of SharePoint. Infact, when you uninstall SharePoint, the uninstaller does not remove the files and the folders into the path.

To make a clean installation, I've:

  • removed both versions
  • turned off the machine
  • mounted the vhd and removed the folder "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\" (It cannot be removed when the machine is turned on)
  • installed the SharePoint Foundation version
  • launched the wizar.

Finally, I've an installation and an usage without errors.

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