I have installed SharePoint Foundation server 2010 (Standalone) on a windows 7 machine for learning SharePoint development. I have created a workflow, but it is not getting started automatically when the item in the list is created/edited.

I searched on the Goggle and found that Workflows do not run automatically with system account login. The Workflow works fine when started manually.

I want to know if there are any workarounds for this situation. Is there any setting that can be turned On/Off to allow this to work.

Thanks for your time. Please comment if any other information is required.


You should login with different account other than System Account. System Account is not allowed to run workflows for security purposes.

Read more about why it is blocked. http://blogs.technet.com/b/victorbutuza/archive/2009/03/14/workflows-do-not-start.aspx

  • Does this mean that I have to create a separate administrative account on my machine, set it as the site owner and then publish and run the workflow from that user? Jan 15 '15 at 5:10
  • 1
    Yee.that is right way
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jan 15 '15 at 13:31

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