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05 Jan 2011  
cluberti

Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

It's important to note that 3.0 and 3.5 are NOT technically full versions of a framework - for these to work correctly, you MUST have 2.0 installed. 3.0 and 3.5x provide additional functionality, but they do NOT work without the base 2.0 package (which is why you see the 3.5 redistributable on the web installing 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 components!!!). The simple answer is, please don't do that. You'll break the entire framework. If you really need 3.5 installed on machines, get the 3.5 SP1 full network installation package, and use that installer to install 3.5 SP1 - it will update the 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 .NET runtime components on the machine, although there are still security updates for those versions that you will need to also install manually or via windows update after installing 3.5 SP1 on XP. If you need 3.5 for Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2, simply enable the .NET feature in the "Turn Windows features on or off" control panel applet within the Programs section (or if you're a CLI guy, use dism.exe to add or remove the feature from a cmd prompt).
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