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How to use MOSS 2007 list template in SharePoint 2013?

How to use MOSS 2007 list template in SharePoint 2013?

In this post, we will discuss how we can use MOSS 2007 list template in SharePoint 2013. Recently we got few requirements to have few lists from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013. It is very difficult to create those lists manually and insert an item to that lists. But directly you can not use the list templates from MOSS 2007 in SharePoint 2013.

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If you will try to use MOSS 2007 templates in SharePoint 2013 directly, you will get the error something like below:

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation version 3 templates are not supported in this version of the product.

But you can follow below steps to achieve the result.

First Save the list as a template in MOSS 2007 which will give you a .stp file.

Now download the .stp file from the List Template Gallery from the site collection.

After this just rename the .stp file to .cab file. So if your template file is MyTestListTemplate.stp, after renaming it should be MyTestListTemplate.cab. While renaming it will show a dialog box which will say “If you change a file name extension, the file might become unusable. Are you sure you want to change it?” Click on Yes.

Then you can unzip using 7-zip and you will find a file name as manifest.xml file. Open it using notepad and search for ProductVersion.

You will see something like below:

There change the product version to 4 which will look like below:


See fig below:

How to use MOSS 2007 list template in SharePoint 2013?
How to use MOSS 2007 list template in SharePoint 2013?

In the next step, use the makecab.exe to convert the file to cab file.

makecab.exe c:\manifest.xml c:\template.cab

makecab.exe F:\Users\Administrator\Desktop\MyTestListTemplate\manifest.xml F:\Users\Administrator\Desktop\MyTestListTemplate.cab

The above command will make the .cab file.

In the next step, rename the file to .stp from .cab.

Now you can upload the template file to the list template gallery. And aftet that you will be able to create a list using that list template.

Hope this will be helpful.

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I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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