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.NET Framework 1.1 hotfixes are not yet offered via Windows Update on Vista

.NET Framework 1.1 hotfixes are not yet offered via Windows Update on Vista

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I have heard from a couple of customers who noticed this issue, and I also experienced it on one of my systems yesterday, so I wanted to post an item to give anyone else reading my blog a heads up as well.  If you are running Windows Vista and install the .NET Framework 1.1, you will not currently see hotfixes or service packs for the .NET Framework 1.1 offered to your system if you visit Windows Update.

I asked around and this is a known issue related to the Windows Update package authoring for .NET Framework 1.1 hotfixes and service packs.  Hopefully, we will be able to refresh the authoring for .NET Framework 1.1 items soon, but in the meantime, if you have the .NET Framework 1.1 installed on Windows Vista, please make sure to manually install service pack 1 and post-SP1 hotfixes.

Here are a couple of links to make this easier for you:

  • The second update you mention does not list Windows Vista as supported. When I have been contacting Web feedback support about Vista not being listed for various downloads, they have been saying it is not supported. If that is intended for Windows Vista as well, the appropriate person should update the download to list Windows Vista.

    The non-supported OS/base-application issue also comes up for things that don't make sense. Office 2007 has a feedback with sounds option. Enabling that option asks the user to download the Office sounds add-in. Guess what? That add-in is not supported on Office 2007. That makes absolutely no sense.

  • Hi Brantgurga - That hotfix is not supported on Windows Server 2003 (because the .NET Framework 1.1 is a part of the OS and requires a different type of hotfix), but it is supported on Windows Vista.  I'll see if I can find someone to update that text as well.  Thanks for pointing this out.

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