Hi all

Today I installed Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on Windows 7, everything went fine but when I opened SharePoint Central Administration I was surprised to see that “Create/Extend Web Application link was not visible and even “OK” button of “Create new Site Collection” was also disabled, after goggling I found following solution, this helped me and I hope this will help you as well. Let me know your comments on this.

Even if I was logged in as administrator of my machine and the account was showing system account, hence I should get an option for that, however that was not there.

Well, this is the first time I have faced such problem.

Well, time to find some information in internet. And guess what I found 5 different solutions for that. For most of the people second trick (mentioned below) out of five solutions did the magic.

Well let me tell you all solutions that I found, so that you can try each one of them one by one.

Tell you what I wasted my 3 hours to figure out and installing service packs and all. Well in my case it was not needed.

My suggestion, go one by one in order that I have mentioned here. Chances are more that problem will be resolved.

1) Open the central administrator from Start menu with run as administrator option.

2) Your central administration site should be on intranet mode not on internet mode. This is the key area and most likely problem will be solved with this. Go to Tools-Internet option-Local intranet-Sites-Advanced and then add your central administration URL.
3) If first two combined step cannot solve this problem, then open IE as administrator from start menu to open central administration.

4) Download WSS service pack 2 and SharePoint service pack 2 and then check.