How to install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools to XP or Vista
I got email from Philip Edney with a hint that how you can install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions (VSeWSS) for none-Windows 2003 server OS. Of course since that's not supported you'll have to do small registry hack (but that's what developers do :-):
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0]
I just tested it with Windows Vista and it works! Before the hack it gives me "This product can be installed if Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 has been installed first. " and after the hack it went fine. I think there're a lot of people who would like to try/use this option even if they fall for unsupported mode.
But thanks to Phil to let me know about that possibility! Update: Phil mentioned that he actually got the information from Raju Sakthivel so the credits chain just goes on and on :-)
Anyways... Happy hacking!