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    Do I need to install .NET on XPsp3

    I have just done a new installation of Win XP Pro sp3 and all the Windows updates.
    .NET framework has not been installed nor even offered from Microsoft Update.
    Should I install it? And, if yes, do I need to install all of them and in what order?
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    Hello Eddie, and welcome to the Lounge!

    You do not have to install any version of .NET framework. If you install any application that requires a version of .NET, then .NET will be installed with that application. Applications that require .NET framework need a specific version to work correctly; in other words, .NET 4 does nothing for an app that requires .NET 2. That is why users often end up with several versions of .NET over time.

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    Some versions of .NET are built on top of others - .NET 3.5 requires .NET 2.0 & .NET 3.0 (plus service packs for each). If you have multiple versions of .NET installed it is best to just leave them be.

    Joe

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    I tried to install dot net 3.51 on my Windows 8 test machine, but it would not install till I'd installed .net 2.0. Go figure!

    As has been said, each version is built upon a previous version.
    One program on your PC may require .net 2.0 while another one needs 3.0 or 3.5.1.
    So it's counter productive to ever delete any version of the Dot Net Framework.

    If you really need some space, leave the dot nets alone and delete all the unused Themes, Wallpapers, Screen savers and sound effects.
    Then just clean out all the JUNK!

    Cheers Mates and Happy Holidays!

    Experience is truly the best teacher.

    Backup! Backup! Backup! GHOST Rocks!

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    Thank you all very much for the advice.
    I'll do nothing then, until an application requires it at a later time.

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