SharePoint solution package installation fails when activating feature that updates fields

If you happen to get the following errors related to site columns, features activation and/or solution package installation:

Unable to locate the xml-definition for FieldName with FieldId ‘Your field GUID’, exception: Microsoft.SharePoint.SPException —> System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException: <nativehr>0x8000ffff</nativehr><nativestack></nativestack>
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Library.SPRequestInternalClass.GetGlobalContentTypeXml(String bstrUrl, Int32 type, UInt32 lcid, Object varIdBytes)
at Microsoft.SharePoint.Library.SPRequest.GetGlobalContentTypeXml(String bstrUrl, Int32 type, UInt32 lcid, Object varIdBytes)

Or Error message:

Field not found or invalid – ID: [your field GUID]

Then you have two options:

  1. Set the field attributes ‘Overwrite‘ and/or ‘OverwriteInChildScopes‘ to True =>
  2. Or if this does not help then what will kill your Microsoft support for you SharePoint installation is to modify the database directly(not recommended BUT if it is not a production environment and for some reason you need to do something quick and dirty to test something then this might be an option) =>



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