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SharePoint 2010 “Sharepoint Designer encountered an error generating the task form. Server was unable to process request. —> Activation could not be completed because the InfoPath Forms Services support feature is not present.”

June 20, 2014 Leave a comment

Ran into the below error recently when trying to publish a SharePoint 2010 Workflow from within SPD 2010.  With me being able to publish workflows before I knew this had nothing to do with the InfoPath Form Services or the SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection features.  If you run into this error, please check these services first.  If both are activated then proceed to the steps below to fix this issue.

“Sharepoint Designer encountered an error generating the task form.

Server was unable to process request. —> Activation could not be completed because the InfoPath Forms Services support feature is not present.”

This error will sometimes pop up due to problems with a hidden InfoPath feature IPFSSiteFeatures.  This feature can only be deactivated/activated using powershell.

To fix the above error.

1.  Log into your Central Admin Server with Farm Admin Credentials
2.  Bring up SharePoint 2010 Management Shell with Admin rights
3.  Type:

Disable-SPFeature “IPFSSiteFeatures” -url http://portal

4.  Say yes when prompted if you are sure you want to deactivate
5.  Next Type:

Enable-SPFeature “IPFSSiteFeatures” -url http://portal

6.  Once enabled try to publish your workflow again via SPD, this time it should complete with success.