I have a content type that references a built-in site column like this:

<Elements ...>
    <ContentType ...>
            <!-- a reference to the built-in field called "Email2" -->
            <FieldRef ID="{e232d6c8-9f49-4be2-bb28-b90570bcf167}"
                      DisplayName="Urgent Email"/>
            <!-- other fields -->

This content type will deploy just fine. In visual studio, I created a list template and instance from this content type. Here is the first part of the Schema.xml:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<List xmlns:ows="Microsoft SharePoint" Title="Station List" FolderCreation="FALSE" Direction="$Resources:Direction;" Url="Lists/MyContentTypeName" BaseType="0" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/">
      <ContentType ID="0x01009e5b439643e048d6a83e8431f4322f0500e0e09a4c1ccb443f97a9dc228fe0b9f8" Name="MyContentTypeName" Group="MyGroup" Description="" Inherits="TRUE" Version="0">
                  <!-- other fieldrefs -->
          <FieldRef ID="{e232d6c8-9f49-4be2-bb28-b90570bcf167}" Name="EmailUrgent" DisplayName="Urgent Email" />
      <Field ID="{E232D6C8-9F49-4be2-BB28-B90570BCF167}" Name="Email2" StaticName="Email2" SourceID="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/v3" DisplayName="$Resources:core,E-mail_2_OL;" Group="$Resources:core,Person_Event_Columns;" Type="Text" Sealed="TRUE" AllowDeletion="TRUE" />
      <!-- other fields -->
           <!-- blah blah -->
           <!-- blah blah -->

And finally, the list instance xml:

<Elements xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/">
  <ListInstance Title="MyContentType"
                Description="My List Instance">
                  <Field Name="EmailUrgent">[email protected]</Field>
                  <!-- other fields -->

It's the list instance that causes a problem, ending ultimately in an error like this:

Error occurred in deployment step 'Activate Features': Column 'EmailUrgent' does not exist. It may have been deleted by another user.

The only thing I see that seems questionable is that I try to change the internal names of the fields in the content type definition. Is that where I'm going wrong, or is it somewhere else?

1 Answer 1


AFAIK you cannot change internal name once the site column is created. The name must be same as internal name which is guaranteed to be unique once a site column is created.

  • I think you're right. I changed the internal name in the content type and re-generated the list template and it seems to work. I'm still having problems with the list instance, but that's a separate issue. Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 16:19
  • thanks. you may create a separate issue related to list instance that you are facing. Commented Nov 15, 2011 at 16:49

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