Windows systems require the .NET framework to run applications. If an app requires the .NET framework, and it is not installed on your system you need to install it before the app can be installed. Some applications may install the .NET framework for you. Apps usually use the latest version of the .NET framework but if you are installing an older app that has not been updated, you may need to install an older version of the framework.
.NET Framework 3.5
The .NET framework has many different versions and the great thing is that you can install multiple versions of it on your system. You can install the latest version, with older versions next to it. Apps will be able to use whatever version they have built.
Download .NET 3.5 framework
The .NET framework comes pre-installed on Windows 10. If you installed it or it is unavailable for any reason, you can download it from Microsoft. To download .NET frame 3.5;
- Visit the official download page for .NET 3.5 frame.
- Select the language you use.
- Click on the Download button.
- Run the EXE file to install the frame.
Install .NET frame 3.5 with NET 2.0 and 3.0
The .NET 3.5 framework is an optional feature on Windows 1o that comes with 2.0 and 3.0 service packs.
- Open Control Panel.
- go to Programs.
- Choose Turn Windows features On or off.
- Choose .NET 3.5 frame and click OK.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to install.
What .NET framework version do I need?
It is usually safe to install the latest version of the .NET framework. That said, if you don’t have the latest version that an app requires, check the app’s requirements. It will tell you, in particular, which version of the .NET framework you need to install in order for the app to work.
Should I uninstall other versions of the .NET framework?
The .NET framework does not take up much disk space and several versions of it can be installed on a system. The older version has not been updated to the new version and the new version has not been downgraded. Apps use the version for which they are built. That said, unless you need to use a specific version of .NET framework, uninstalling it is harmless.
How do I update the .NET framework version?
Windows 10 will automatically install a newer version of the .NET framework when you need it ie, if you install an app that requires it, Windows 10 will install it for you. You can also install the latest versions manually. They are all available as downloadable EXEs from Microsoft.
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