Sorry for the late reply, I've been busy today.
I found something new, well new to me at least. Apparently the .net framework is integrated into Vista and as such it will not show in add/delete programs. (or so I read). The only way it would show is if you had done one of the upgrades to it. It's too late for me to check on my computer as I have upgraded it a couple of times, and those upgrades show in add/delete programs. But...... the original doesn't so it sounds right.
Go to Start>Programs and features. In the left hand pane, at the bottom, you will see "Turn Windows features on or off." Click that and after it populates, see if it show the stupid .Net there.
Crap, I was just re checking some info and saw where you tried to go there and the list wouldn't populate and so you went to the MS solution page for that and IT didn't work either. Ok.......... hmmm.........
You said "I was then suggested to download THIS" with "THIS" being a link. I get a page load error from that link, when I right click "THIS" and hit properties it says: dotnetfx3setup.exe. Is THIS
the same place? If so then I found the following info:
"2.6 Installation error when installing .NET Framework 3.0 packages on Vista
Windows Vista comes with .NET Framework 3.0. There is no separate installation package required. The standalone .NET Framework 3.0 packages are not supported on Vista." That came from HERE.
Also you should NEVER attempt to install any X64 software on youre computer as you have the 32 bit Vista (which confusingly enough, is referred to as X86).
Alright, let me get some background here. Since you have NO updates at all, is this:
A: A new retail computer that came with Vista (less than a month old).
B: A computer that you built and did a clean install of Vista on.
C: An old computer that you put Vista on recently (less than a month).
D: A computer (new or old doesn't matter) that Vista has been on a while but you never did any updates.
Has Sp1 been installed? Versions of Vista for about the last 14 months or so come with SP1 so you wouldn't see it in the updates. If you don't know, you can check by doing the Start>Control Panel>System thing. It will show "Service Package 1" as the last entry in the "Windows Edition" which is the first sub heading at the top of the page. If there is no SP1, then the first thing to do is to install Service Package 1. Vista ran poorly before SP1 so it is imperative that you install it.
Do the following as it aplies to your condition:
A: Have you activated Windows? If you haven't then do so. You will find the activation code on a sticker, usually on the back of the computer but in any account, somewhere on the case. The activation Link is in the Start>Control Panel> System window at the bottom of the page. If you've done it, it will say: "Windows is Activated Product ID: XXXXXXXXXXXXXX" After activating (if it's not activated), UPDATE YOUR WINDOWS.
B: Same as above, except that the activation code is in the packaging. For the retail version it's on the tape you had to take off to open the case, on the OEM version, it's on a label in the package they say to put on the computer. (I never did lol).
C: Did you use the upgrade version (upgrading to Vista from a lower version of Windows) or did you do a re-format/Clean install.
D: Update your damn computer lol.
I would suggest installing SP2 and then seeing if there are any other updates. SP2 includes all the updates from the time SP1 was released up until the time SP2 came out.
Oh, I almost forgot. If your Office 2007 did not install, then why were you trying to install SP1 for it? Also, since you got the message that it is (Office SP1) already installed, are you seeing the Office in your add/remove programs?
Edited by DeathStalker, 11 June 2009 - 10:29 PM.