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How To Install Dot Net Framework 3.5 On Windows 8

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How To Install Dot Net Framework 3.5 On Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

There are times when you install an app and the app requires a specific dot Net Framework version for the program to function properly. You might be wondering why the program you are trying to install or run requires dot net framework 3.5 even you know that you already have the latest version of dot Net Framework such as version 4. Some app requires different version of dot Net Framework this is because they are designed on that specific version. This is also the reason why you should not uninstall your older or newer version of dot Net Framework on your computer.

Installing the .Net Framework on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

If you install or run an app on your computer for the first time and requires the dot Net Framework 3.5 but not enabled on your computer a message box appears telling you that an app on your PC need the dot Net Framework 3.5 feature on your PC.

To install the dot Net Framework 3.5 on your PC click on the Download and install this feature, this option requires an internet connection to continue. Click on Skip this installation to install dot Net Framework 3.5 later.

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To Enable dot Net Framework in Control Panel

You can also enable the dot Net Framework in Control Panel, this option require an internet connection to continue. To enable the dot Net Framework 3.5 in Control Panel, click on the Program and Features, on the left pane of the Program and Features window click on “Turn Windows features on or off” link, and then select the .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) check box, no need to select the child item.

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To Install the dot Net Framework in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 using Installation DVD

If you don’t have internet connection or your internet connection is too slow and you have your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 installation DVD then this offline installation method is the best option you have.

To install using your Windows 8 installation DVD, first you must be logged in with administrative privilege.

Right click Start menu and then click on Command Prompt (Admin) to run Command Prompt in elevated mode.

On the Command Prompt type DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:D:\sources\sxsand press the Enter key on the keyboard. Be sure that your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 installation DVD is inserted on the optical drive or mounted on a virtual optical drive using your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 installation DVD .iso image file.

Where:

  1. D : is the optical drive or virtual drive your Windows 8 installer is inserted.
  2. /Online :Targets the operating system your running
  3. /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 : specifies that you want to enable the .Net Framework on your system.
  4. /LimitAccess : prevents DISM from contacting Windows Update

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Wait for the process to complete then your done, dot Net Framework 3.5 is already installed on your PC