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.NET 2.0 SP2 from 3.5 SP1


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The latest version of .NET Framework 2.0 is SP2, but there is no standalone installer for it. It is just included in the .NET 3.5 SP1 offline installation package. Running the .msi doesn't work, it's saying that I have to run Setup. Anyone know how to install it?


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You can minimize the size of .NET 3.5 SP1 by keeping only the folder and files meant for x86 or x64 depending on your case. Just be sure to don't delete something else.

Then you can run dotNetFx35setup.exe /qb /norestart

This way i got the size down to ~120 mb

However, i don't know of any way to just install a given SP for a previous framework.

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I already have .NET 3.5 SP1 for x86 which is 86 MB big, but it installs too slow for my taste. And the apps I use are built only on .NET 2.0 so I don't need to install newer versions.

I have found a quicker solution for installing .NET 2.0 with SP2: there is a .NET Framework Client Profile which is lighter, designed for runtime only.

It can be found here. It's very large, but inside there is a small .NET 2.0 SP2 installation package. It's size is 13 MB and it installs pretty fast.

I installed it on a VM and checked to see if apps are working OK. So far, no problems, checked CDBurnerXP and my own apps.

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  • 2 months later...

Here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/vs2008/bb898654.aspx

Download Installer (Download Size: 325 MB)

Extract it with the /x switch, there is a cab file called adtbs_sp2oob.cab, inside it is a file called FL_FL_NetFx20SP2_x86.exe.3643236F_FC70_11D3_A536_0090278A1BB8, you can rename it to NetFx20SP2_x86.exe if you like, If you need 64-bit, it's probably FL_NetFx20SP2_x64.3643236F_FC70_11D3_A536_0090278A1BB8. It should be completely independent, works OK for me so far.

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2.0 SP2? It's included in 3.5 SP1, but the question was for without 3.5 SP1. A standalone 2.0 SP2 can be found in that 325MB packages_setup.exe, but not in the Download Center. NDP20SP2-KB958481-x86.exe can be used to update it. Extracting the .NET 3.5 SP1 full download and trying to install the 2.0 SP2 files only produces a "Run setup.exe" error.

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