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Windows 7: .NET Framework 4 - Important or Optional?

20 Sep 2010   #1
TVeblen

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 
.NET Framework 4 - Important or Optional?

Does anyone know why the "MS .NET Framework 4 Client Profile for W7 x64 Based Systems - KB982670" shows up as an optional update on my desktop computer, but shows up as an important update on my wife's laptop?

I was under the impression that this is something you don't need till you need it.


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20 Sep 2010   #2
osholt

Windows 7 Profesional x86, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
 
 

Better be safe than sorry, an updates an update. It maybe that it's optional on yours because you have a fairly recent version of it on your PC whereas she doesn't have a version at all.

Besides it's worth having installed as long as you've got the space to spare.

Oli
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20 Sep 2010   #3
JDobbsy1987

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by osholt View Post
Better be safe than sorry, an updates an update. It maybe that it's optional on yours because you have a fairly recent version of it on your PC whereas she doesn't have a version at all.

Besides it's worth having installed as long as you've got the space to spare.

Oli
I agree with this...

I always install all critical and recommended/optional updates and on the very rare occasion that an update has turned out to be a bad idea then i turn to 'System Restore' and wait for the vulnerability to be fixed
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24 Sep 2010   #4
Behrad

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

u need it , trust me
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24 Sep 2010   #5
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Behrad View Post
u need it , trust me
.NET Framework is by no means a required PC component.

OP: My guess is that your wife's laptop already has .NET 4, and thus the update is important.
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24 Sep 2010   #6
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

I'd say to anyone to install it as any applications developed in .NET Framework 4 will require it, otherwise the application would not work.
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25 Sep 2010   #7
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Thanks everyone.

I've got it installed it on all the puters now. That was never the question, sorry. I was just curious about the Important Update- Optional Update aspect.

I think the ideas that it was dependent on previously installed versions of .NET is plausible. I wish I had checked that more closely before I installed the updates.
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