“Server Error: Feature {GUID} is not installed in this farm and cannot be added to this scope”

Sometimes, you may get the above error while trying to activate the installed custom feature in your SharePoint server.

Error message says you are trying to install a feature with an invalid scope; there are certain elements that can’t be added to some scopes (Farm, Site, Web, and WebApplication). To get the installed feature, browse to


c:\program files\common files\ Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\12\templates\Features.


To get rid of this error message, try to change the ‘Scope’ attribute to either ‘Farm’ or ‘Site’ or ‘Web’ or ‘WebApplication’.


Also, try to do that through STSADM.EXE.


· stsadm -o installfeature -filename MyCustomFeature\feature.xml

· stsadm -o activatefeature -filename MyCustomFeature\feature.xml –url https://Server/Site/

· iisreset

Eg: I am giving a sample feature.xml file which configured for Site level.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>

<Feature Id="GUID"

Title="sample title"

Description="sample description"





<ElementManifest Location="Lightup.xml" />