Wednesday, January 30, 2008

.NET (dotNET) Redistributables

I don't know why Microsoft insists that you need to download the .NET Framework individually on each and every computer install, instead of allowing you to *easily* locate the redistributables and install multiple machines with this file - like you used to be able to do back in the old days when common sense, it seems, was a little more common.

Anyway, for those unable to locate *all* of the redistributables, here's a list (no, .NET Framework 1.0 isn't there as it really shouldn't be deployed anywhere):

32-bit Installers
.NET Framework 1.1 x86
.NET Framework 1.1 SP1 x86
.NET Framework 2.0 x86
.NET Framework 2.0 SP1 x86
.NET Framework 2.0 SP2 x86
.NET Framework 3.0 x86
XPS Shared Components x86
.NET Framework 3.0 SP1 x86
.NET Framework 3.5 x86 (Windows 8 Users read this)
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 x86
.NET Framework 4.0 x86
.NET Framework 4.5 x86
.NET Framework 4.5.1 x86
.NET Framework 4.5.2 x86
.NET Framework 4.6 x86
.NET Framework 4.6.1 x86

64-bit Installers
.NET Framework 2.0 x64
.NET Framework 2.0 SP1 x64
.NET Framework 2.0 SP2 x64
.NET Framework 3.0 x64
XPS Shared Components x64
.NET Framework 3.0 SP1 x64
.NET Framework 3.5 x64 (Windows 8 users read this)
.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 x64
.NET Framework 4.0 x64
.NET Framework 4.5 x64
.NET Framework 4.5.1 x64
.NET Framework 4.5.2 x64
.NET Framework 4.6 x64
.NET Framework 4.6.1 x64


The Outspoken Wookie


Chris Knight said...

Hey, great list! Thanks for posting this - it's a good resource.

I tend to deploy the redistributables using WSUS - makes it fairly quick and painless to do.

Another useful resource for automated deployment is AppDeploy. AppDeploy has a community driven database of useful tips on automating the installation of various packages. Also useful if you want to leverage Group Policy Software Installation (GPSI) to deploy things like .NET Framework, which isn't GPSI friendly by default.

HiltonT said...

Hi Chris,

Yes, WSUS is very handy for machines on a domain, but for people who build machines for small businesses who are not running WSUS (or for home user machines) then these redistributables will help to save them a lot of downloads.

AppDeploy is a very handy website for information on deployment via GPSI.

RoaringGeek said...

Thank you so much for this list! The microsoft website was driving my crazy when I was trying to find these.

You've listed files for 3.5 x86 and for 3.5 x64 -- but they seem to be the same file.

Is that correct? I want only the x86 version and don't want to ruin my computer by attempting to install the x64 version.

Please clarify.
and thanks again for making this list.

Hilton Travis said...

G'day RoaringGeek,

The one executable for .NET 3.5 SP1contains both the x86 and x64 installers.

Be warned, however, that at this point in time, some people are seeing issues with .NET 3.5 SP1, however I've seen no ill effects on the various (about 15) machines I've installed it on.

Don't forget that .NET 2.0 SP2 is also released, and relatively new, too.