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Windows 7: .NET Framework Issues!

28 Jan 2010   #1

7 Ultimate x64 SP1
.NET Framework Issues!

Okay, I have a slight problem with .NET Frameworks. When I open %systemroot%\Microsoft.NET\Framework” in Windows Explorer (as per How to determine which versions of the .NET Framework are installed and whether service packs have been applied) it tells me that I have the following .NET Frameworks:



Is it really necessary for my system to have ALL five of those .NET Frameworks?

I wouldn’t care if they all stayed there, IF they all were not prohibiting me from playing Sims 3, specifically effecting the Game Launcher in that I cannot install game content.

So, if removing all but v3.5 is possible, and removing the previous .NET Frameworks WILL NOT cause system problems or else prohibit me from using other programs at all, then I would really like to know how exactly it is that I can remove the previous four versions.

I have already looked at “Turn Windows Features On or Off” and it only lists .NET Framework 3.5 (which is the precise version I need for Sims 3) and mentions nothing about the previous four .NET Frameworks.

So I would really appreciate some help/intel on this, with detailed instructions on how to go about removing these previous four .NET Frameworks and if doing so can cause potential problems, and if that is the case, how I can put them all back on there etc.

Thank you so much for your help in advance!

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28 Jan 2010   #2

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Build 7600

Hi EvilOzzmess.Welcome to SevenForums.

The following is from Microsoft:

The Microsoft® .NET Compact Framework 3.5 Redistributable contains the common language runtime and class libraries built for the .NET Compact Framework. In addition to version 3.5 support, it also supports applications developed for version 1.0 and 2.0. The .NET Compact Framework 3.5 provides new features such as Windows Communication Foundation, LINQ, SoundPlayer, new runtime tool support, and many other features.
and then :
In addition to version 3.5 support, it also supports applications developed for version 1.0 and 2.0.
That would seem, to me, to mean that 3.5 is backwardly compatible with the previous .NET releases.

Download details: .NET Framework 3.5

With regards to the uninstalling of .NET :

There should be no problem in uninstalling .NET Framework from your Windows system. Removing .NET Framework can be done simply through the Add/Remove Program or other uninstaller application you might have.

However, it is possible that you cannot completely uninstall .NET Framework due to some errors or issues you encounter during the installation. Corrupted or inclomplete installation of .NET Framework could cause it unable to be completely uninstalled.

Here is a link to an automatic cleanup utility to remove .NET versions that you wish to remove.

Completely Uninstall/Remove .Net Framework with .Net Framework Cleanup

I would imagine that one of the many talented forumites will be able to give you better and more detailed advice but thought I would provide this info for you to have a look over.

Hope this helps.

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30 Jan 2010   #3

7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Thank you for your help! Still don't know how to selectively uninstall the different versions. Thinking I might just leave it be, because apparently my game's issue is due to a buggy EA patch rather than the .NET, or so many Sims 3 players claim. Thank you again though!
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