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Upgrading KWizCom products from SharePoint 2010 to 2013


Will my KWizCom products continue to work if I upgrade to SharePoint 2013? 

KWizCom is upgrading its SharePoint add-ons to SharePoint 2013 to enable our customers to keep using our add-ons after they upgrade their SharePoint environment. 

If you have an annual support plan, you can download the new product version for SharePoint 2013 from our web site and install it on your SharePoint 2013 server. Please make sure you have renewed your product's annual support plan so you'll be able to install the new product version for SharePoint 2013. 

If you haven’t already, be sure to contact our sales department at or 905-370-0333 ext 104 to renew your support plan.   

1      Introduction

This article will help you understand how the process of upgrading KWizCom products from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 works. The recommended approach by Microsoft for upgrading a SharePointsite collection is the database-attach method. The entire upgrade process is clearly outlined by the following article on TechNet:

But the section most pertinent to KWizCom products doesn’t come until later in the process in the Upgrade Databases section:

This article assumes that you have already performed these initial steps:



2      Upgrade your KWizCom products on SharePoint 2010

On your SharePoint 2010 environment, upgrade all KWizCom products and Foundation to the latest SharePoint 2010 version.  The versions must match the product versions in the “SharePoint 2010 – backward compatibility” catalog.  This will ensure all product features and fixes are up to date with the latest versions.  It also ensures that all the product versions for SharePoint 2010, 2013 and backward compatibility versions match.

NOTE: When matching the product versions in the “SharePoint 2010” and  “SharePoint 2010 – backward compatibility” catalog; if the backward compatible version is newer than the SharePoint 2010 version, please:

- contact KWizCom support at to request the product version you need. 
- Or you can also visit the KWizCom Product Catalog website, find your productand click on the “Download SP2010 latest beta files...” link.

Ex: If the backward compatible version of List aggregator is “
KWizComSharePoint List Aggregator web part 2010 v14.4.03 bc.wsp” and the latest production version is “KWizCom SharePoint List Aggregator web part 2013 v14.4.00.wsp” for SharePoint 2013, you will need to get version 14.4.03 for SharePoint 2010 from KWizCom support or the KWizCom Product Catalog website.


Instructions to install/upgrade KWizCom products and foundation versions is outline in thisKB article:

2.1 Verify that all products work correctly

Once you have finished upgrading, please verify that all KWizCom products work correctly.  If the products do not work correctly, please contact KWizCom Support at  to help resolve your issue.

3      Install your KWizCom products on SharePoint 2013

On your SharePoint 2013 environment, Install all KWizCom products and Foundation to the latest 2013 version.   The product version numbers should match the ones you installed on SharePoint 2010 in section 2.  
Ex: If you Installed “
KWizCom SharePoint List Aggregator web part v14.4.03.wsp” on SharePoint 2010,  then you need to install KWizCom SharePoint List Aggregator web part 2013 v14.4.03.wsp” on SharePoint 2013.

4.1 Download the backwardcompatibility packages

On your SharePoint 2013 environment, download all the KWizCom 2010 backward compatible packages (WSP files) for the products you installed in step 3.  It is recommended that you use the KWizCom web installer to download the backward compatible packages only.  To install the packages, please refer to the next section 4.2.  

Ex: Select the “SharePoint 2010 - backward compatibility” catalog in the KWizCom web installer.

On SharePoint 2013, if a KWizCom 2010 backward compatibility version is higher than the available 2013 production version, please check for the matching version in:

- The  “SharePoint 2013- beta” catalog in the web installer
- Or the “KWizCom product catalog” website:
o Find your product
o Click on the “Download SP2013 latest beta files...” link

NOTE: For products that are not available on this catalog or that are available in a different version than the 2013 package you installed, please contact KWizCom support at to request the product you need.

If you encounter any error messages which display “Please install 2013 version first”, please ignore the error message and proceed with downloading the packages.

Once the packages are downloaded, the Finish screen will be displayed.  The download files are in an offline folder.You can access it by clicking on the “Open local data folder….” Link.

4.2 Install the backwardcompatibility packages

Once you have downloaded all the KWizCom 2010 backward compatible packages you are now ready to install them using PowerShell.  Open the offline folder and run the “SP-WSPsInstallerv1.0.01.ps1” PowerShell script. 

You can run the script by:


  1.  Opening the SharePoint management console and running the script from the folder offline folder location
  2.    You can right click on the script and choose “Run with PowerShell”


Once you have installed the KWizCom 2010 backward compatible packages you are now ready to upgrade your content databaseto SharePoint 2013.

5      Upgrade Content Databases

This section outlines what has to be doneat each step in the Upgrade Content Databases to 2013 section:

5.1 Create Web Application

There are no KWizCom specific instructions for this step other than to make sure that when you create the web application it uses the same URL as the source SharePoint2010 web application. Some KWizCom products use the existing web application URL to find resources that are critical to the product functionality.

5.2 Reapply Customizations

You will now have to deploy the 2010 backward compatible and 2013 version of KWizCom Foundation and all KWizCom products to the target web application that were installed in the source SharePoint 2010 web application. The 2010 backward compatible version must remain deployed to the target web application as long as there are sites in that web application that have not been updated to use the UI of SharePoint 2013(Deferredsite collection upgrade) and are using KWizCom products.

5.3 Verify Custom Components

In this step you are responsible for determining which KWizCom products have not been deployed to the target web application but are present in the content database. The PowerShell “Test-SPContentDatabase” command will enumerate all files, features and web parts that are present in the content database but not deployed to the target.

If any KWizCom files, features or web parts are missing, please make sure that pertinent KWizCom product is deployed to the target web application. At this point in the upgrade it is the 2010 version of the KWizCom product that must be deployed to the target web application or the “Test-SPContentDatabase”command will report errors.

5.4 Attach a content database to aweb application and upgrade the database

There are no KWizCom specific instructions for this step. As long as all the previously deployed KWizCom products are installed you should now be able to use KWizCom products in 2010 compatibility mode inside the target web application.

6      Visually Upgrade Site Collections

Once you have verified that your site collections are working correctly in 2010 computability mode you can begin to follow this guideline to upgrade your site collections to SharePoint 2013 visual UI:

At this point you should be able to use theKWizCom products on site collections with the SharePoint 2013 UI.

6.1 Uninstall SharePoint2010 - backward compatible files

At this pointy you will have no need for the “SharePoint 2010 - backward compatible” files and can remove them on your SharePoint 2013 environment.

The only supported way to remove the files is to use PoSH script, with compatibility flag.

Note: If you attempt to retract the files without that flag, or through central administration or any other method, this will remove the 2013 files  as well and you will have to retract and re-deploy all 2013 packages again.

Here is a sample command on retracting the“SharePoint 2010 - backward compatible” WSP files:

PS C:\Users\Administrator.KWIZLAB>Uninstall-SPSolution -Identity testupgradebc2010.wsp -CompatibilityLevel 14

    Update product license

After you've done an attach database upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013, follow these steps to get your KWizCom product activation codes for SharePoint 2013:

1.    Deactivate your KWizCom product activation key on your SharePoint 2010 environment by using the deactivation page: /support/product-deactivation/

2.    Get your activation key for your SharePoint 2013 product from KWizCom, by using the activation page: /support/product-activation

3.    Use your new activation key to activate your KWizCom product on SharePoint 2013

If you need assistance with your activation, please contact our activation department

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