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Having trouble installing a .NET framework

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#1 MattSLY


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Posted 09 November 2009 - 08:44 AM

I'm trying to install a .NET frame work so that I can use a new piece of software, but my computer keeps telling me that the files can't be downloaded. I don't know how to fix the problem. Any suggestions?

I'm running Windows XP Home Edition SP3 on a Dell Dimension 8110.

Also, I'm wondering if the problem may be that I don't have a prior version of the .NET framework installed, so that a later version (2.0 or 3.5 - I was trying to install both) can't be installed since the older version wasn't installed.

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#2 Ken-in-West-Seattle


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Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:07 AM

This post may have some clues and links to more info.

.net Framework Updates Fail To Install

But there are specific error messages in failed .net installs that might point to more pertinent info and fixes.
The above links should give you a general understanding (as far as that is possible) of the .net framework.

One thing that I found bizarre was that the versions are pretty much stand alone for software from some developers. If .net 2 is required for a program, that does not always mean that .net 1.1 has to be installed first or even at all. And installing .net 3 may not install the version needed by programs made with the earlier versions.

If you have an error number post it. Are you doing this via windows update? or downloading from the developer site:

#3 hamluis



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Posted 09 November 2009 - 11:03 AM

I would suggest just downloading/installing the current version...3.5, SP1. It will (in turn) install some features of previous versions.

The current version is not reliant on any prior install, nor or any of the others...IME. The only items which are reliant on previous versions would be the security updates (makes sense).



#4 Romeo29


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Posted 09 November 2009 - 11:12 AM

If you are having trouble downloading files when using the bootstrapper installer (3.5 MB), then download the full package (350 MB) :


This is .NET 3.5 SP1 Full package, it installs .NET 2.0 SP1, 3.0, 3.5 SP1

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