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.NET Installation - Only 3.5 SP1 or 2.0 SP2 as well?


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Hi guys,

I've been reading on a lot of threads and sites that AS WELL as the .NET 3.5 SP1 package, you should also first install the .NET 2.0 SP2 as well.

I was under the impression that the 3.5 SP1 package contained all the up to date 2.x - 3.x CLRs. Is this not so?

(BTW, I am creating installs for both XP x86 and x64 - don't know if that makes a difference. Just thought I'd mention it!)

Many thanks,


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Yes. You are right.

The "Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1" is the full updated package for v2.0 SP2, v3.0 SP2 and v3.5 SP1.

You don't need to install " .NET 2.0 SP2" first.

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

Full Package

To download the full package, rather than the bootstrapper, click on the link below:

.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (Full Package)

IMPORTANT: After installing the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 package (either the bootstrapper or the full package) you should immediately install the update KB959209 to address a set of known application compatibility issues.

If you still have problems with these .NET versions you can try also the updates below (post v2.0 SP2, v3.0 SP2 and v3.5 SP1):

01-) KB961118

02-) KB946411

03-) KB961073

04-) KB962231

05-) KB959362

06-) KB962878

07-) KB958252

08-) KB957661

09-) KB967339

10-) KB960754

11-) KB961901

12-) KB968561

13-) KB968760

14-) KB958722

15-) KB969612

16-) KB956484

17-) KB968556

The best thing to do is to wait for a new update rollup package with the above mentioned patchs.


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