SharePoint 2013 Windows server AppFabric installation Error

SharePoint 2013 Setup AppFabric installation Error
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As part of the SharePoint 2013 setup, we need to install all the prerequisites by executing “prerequisiteinstaller.exe” before we run the FARM configuration wizard. AppFabric is one of the prerequisite to be installed. While I am executing the prerequisites setup file I got an error as “Windows Server AppFabric: Installation Error”.

SharePoint 2013 Setup AppFabric installation Error
SharePoint 2013 Setup AppFabric installation Error

SharePoint 2013 Windows server AppFabric installation Error

As we all know without installing the prerequisites we can’t execute the SharePoint configuration wizard.
Below are the various solutions to cross the roadblock.

Solution 1:
You can install all the prerequisites either by executing “prerequisiteinstaller.exe” or you can download all the setup files and install one by one.

Prerequisite Direct Link
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

(Full Standalone package)


Download tFx45_Full_x86_x64.exe from stand alone section from

Windows Management Framework 3.0
Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Native Client Download 1033\x64\sqlncli.msi from

Windows Identity Foundation (KB974405)
Windows Identity Extensions
Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 SP1 (x64)
Windows Server AppFabric

(Note: don’t install WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64_6.1 this is not the correct version that SharePoint installer seeks)

Execute all the prerequisites in this article (except this one), let the prerequisite installer to install AppFabric and configure it manually for you by running the following command from command prompt:

prerequisiteInstaller.exe /appfabric:[Full AppFabric Installer path]

Ex: prerequisiteInstaller.exe /appfabric:”c:\ WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64_6.1.exe”

Microsoft Information Protection and Control Client
Microsoft WCF Data Services 5.0
Cumulative Update Package 1 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server (KB2671763 Download AppFabric1.1-RTM-KB2671763-x64-ENU.exe from

You need to Install AppFabric from above first then run this update,

Don’t run this update if AppFabric above is not installed yet

Solution 2:
Sometimes even you install prerequisites offline you might see this error. So ensure the below 2 points:
1. Multiple attempts to install AppFabric may have corrupted the PSModulePath environment variable. Check that PSModulePath in the Environment Variables looks like:
Files\AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server\PowershellModules
My Computer -> properties -> Advanced system settings ->Environment Variable -> System Variable -> PSModulePath
2. Delete “Customer Experience Improvement Program” folder under
Once you delete the folder run the AppFabric setup.

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Hope this 2 solutions will helps. Enjoy Administration in SharePoint 2013!!!

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About Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 13+ years, I worked in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I have extensive hands on experience in customizing SharePoint sites from end to end. Expertise in SharePoint migration tools like Sharegate, Doc Ave and Metalogix. Migrated SharePoint sites from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013 several times seamlessly. Implementing CSOM with Microsoft best practices. Spent quality time in configuring SharePoint application services like User Profile, Search, Managed Meta data services etc. Now exploring SharePoint Framework and SharePoint 2019

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