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I have heard from a couple of customers who are trying to create a Windows Installer administrative install point that contains the .NET Framework with a service pack and the latest hotfix (MS05-004). I originally posted instructions about how to create an admin install point for the .NET Framework 1.0 or 1.1 and a service pack, but there are a couple of extra steps and tricks needed to also include a hotfix, so I wanted to post updated instructions. Here are a set of steps that I used to create an administrative install point on my machine and install the .NET Framework 1.0 or 1.1 and a service pack and a hotfix as a single package:
Following these steps will create a Windows Installer administrative install point in the folder c:\dotnet that can be used to install the .NET Framework plus a service pack and a hotfix as a single unit. Now you can share out the folder for network installations or install directly from there in order to install the .NET Framework, the service pack and the hotfix at the same time.
As future hotfixes are released for the .NET Framework 1.0 or 1.1, you can repeat steps 6-9 above to apply them to your administrative install point.
<update date="6/15/2010"> Fixed broken HTML causing numbering problems for the steps in this post. Also clarified that these steps work for the .NET Framework 1.0 and 1.1 but not 2.0 or higher. </update>
A while ago, I described a .NET Framework 1.0 and 1.1 installation failure that can be caused by the
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