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Updated version of the .NET Framework cleanup tool that can remove the .NET Framework 3.5 RTM

Updated version of the .NET Framework cleanup tool that can remove the .NET Framework 3.5 RTM

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I've posted an updated version of the .NET Framework cleanup tool that contains the following changes:

  • It is now able to remove the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 beta and final release MSIs; it does not remove the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 OS hotfix package on Windows Vista however
  • It is now able to remove the .NET Framework 3.0 SP1 beta and final release MSIs; it does not remove the .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 OS hotfix package on Windows Vista however
  • It is now able to remove the .NET Framework 3.5 final release (previously it only removed the beta versions)
  • It includes some additional removal options to allow removing all versions of the .NET Framework that are not OS components on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008

In addition, thanks to a suggestion from a customer, I have added the readme and a change history text file to the zip file that contains the cleanup tool to make it easier to understand what the tool does, what changes were made, and whether or not you have the most recent version of the tool.

Please refer to the .NET Framework cleanup tool user's guide to find more information about the .NET Framework cleanup tool and download it if you need it on your system.

<update date="6/7/2010"> Fixed broken link to the cleanup tool. </update>

 

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  • The link to the Clean up tool is broken.  Can you update it so I can get my computer working again.

    Thanks!

  • Hi Spark N Arc - I've created a user's guide with up-to-date links that you can use to download the cleanup tool.  Can you please take a look at blogs.msdn.com/.../8904493.aspx and see if the download links there work correctly for you?

  • I tried this clean up tool, but nothing was removed. Used it for all versions...having major issues with an error showing up csc.exe - bad image. The error goes on to have a problem with v2.0.50727 and alink.dll. How can I get this to truly remove all the .net framework issues or do I need a clean restart. Also I find the error to be hilarious when it says the file was not meant to be run on windows when windows created it. :(

  • Hi James C - What version of Windows are you running when you see these errors?  The .NET Framework 2.0 is included as a part of the OS on Windows Vista and higher, and the cleanup tool will not allow you to attempt to remove it because it is a Windows component.

    Here are steps I usually recommend to try to repair the .NET Framework 2.0 on Windows Vista and higher:

    1.  Install the latest Windows service pack if you haven't yet.

    2.  Try to repair the files that are a part of your OS by using the steps listed at blogs.msdn.com/.../how-to-repair-the-net-framework-2-0-and-3-0-on-windows-vista.aspx.

    3.  Try to run the System Update Readiness Tool from support.microsoft.com/.../947821.

    If none of the above help, you might need to repair/re-install Windows to fix this type of error.  It might also help to post a question on one of the Windows forums to see if someone there has any additional suggestions for you to try before you resort to re-installing Windows.

  • I have windows 8. My computer is currently up to date. When I try to do the restore health command it gives an error number 87.

  • Hi James C - I don't have any expertise troubleshooting errors reported by the restore health command.  There might be some useful information in the file %windir%\logs\CBS\CBS.log after running this command.

    Did you run that tool because you were having problems with the .NET Framework?  If so, what exact problems are you having?

    For general support for Windows 8, including the restore health command, I'd suggest posting a question on the Windows 8 forums at social.technet.microsoft.com/.../w8itpro.

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