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.NET Framework cleanup tool now supports .NET Framework 4.5 and Windows 8

.NET Framework cleanup tool now supports .NET Framework 4.5 and Windows 8

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I have posted an updated version of the .NET Framework cleanup tool that supports cleaning up the .NET Framework 4.5. It has also been updated to correctly recognize when it is running on Windows 8. There is more information about how to download and use the .NET Framework cleanup tool in the user’s guide at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2008/08/28/8904493.aspx.

As always, if you run into any issues or have any feedback about the .NET Framework cleanup tool, please let me know by posting a comment on one of my blog posts or using the contact form.

  • I need to install the RTM version of .Net Framework on Windows 8 Release Preview, but the setup says that "Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is already a part of this operating system.  You do not need to install the .NET Framework 4.5 redistributable.".

    Can I work around this error?

  • Hi Fduch - Windows 8 includes the .NET Framework 4.5 as a part of the OS, and it cannot be removed or installed separately from Windows.  In pre-release versions of Windows 8, there is a pre-release version of the .NET Framework 4.5 as well.  If you need to install the RTM version of the .NET Framework 4.5, you will need to install the RTM version of Windows 8.

  • When i setup Visual Studio 2012, it notification so!

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is already a part of this operating system.  You do not need to install the .NET Framework 4.5 redistributable

  • Hi Steve Gate - That is correct - if you install VS 2012 on Windows 8, it will skip the .NET Framework 4.5 because the .NET Framework 4.5 is included as a part of the OS on Windows 8.  Are you able to successfully install VS 2012, or are you getting setup errors?

  • Hi Aaron, I'm also facing same problem while installing VS2012. I'm getting an notification like ...

    Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is already a part of this operating system.  You do not need to install the .NET Framework 4.5 redistributable.

    I'm unable to install VS2012. Could you please help me

  • Hi Bkd - The .NET Framework 4.5 is a part of Windows 8, so Visual Studio 2012 setup will skip trying to install it.  That shouldn't cause VS 2012 setup to fail though.  What exact error are you seeing when you try to install VS 2012?  Also, can you please use the tool described at blogs.msdn.com/.../6458047.aspx to collect all of your setup log files, upload the file named %temp%\vslogs.cab that this tool will create to a file server (such as http://skydrive.live.com), and then reply back here and provide a link that I can use to download your log files and take a closer look?

  • am trying to install VS2012 but i got this error "The .Net Framework installed on this machine does not meet the minimum required version: 4.5.50709." then i tried installing .NETFramework 4.5 but i couldnt install cos is already a part of window 8. so what is the way out please?

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is already a part of this operating system.  You do not need to install the .NET Framework 4.5 redistributable.

  • Hi Sam - Windows 8 includes the .NET Framework 4.5 as a part of the OS, and it cannot be removed or installed separately from Windows.

    Version 4.5.50709 is the RTM version of the .NET Framework 4.5, and if Visual Studio 2012 setup doesn't detect that it is installed, then it most likely means you have a pre-release version of Windows 8 (which includes a pre-release version of the .NET Framework 4.5).  You can only install Visual Studio 2012 RTM on the RTM version of Windows 8.

  • Can 1.1 be uninstalled from Server 2003 even though it is an OS component?  1.1 goes out of extended support this year and won't receive security patches after that point, but Server 2003 is in extended support for 2 more years.  I am wondering what the best course of action is for my Server 2003 boxes (other than migration to Server 2008/12).

  • Hi mkean21 - No, the .NET Framework 1.1 cannot be uninstalled from Windows Server 2003.  If the OS is in extended support, I think that means that Microsoft will continue to provide support for all OS components, including the .NET Framework 1.1, even if there is no longer any extended support for the redistributable version of the .NET Framework 1.1.  I don't know for sure though, so I'm trying to track down any additional information about this scenario from some people I know on the .NET Framework team.  I'll post back here if I am able to learn anything more.

  • Hi Mkean21 - The people I talked to suggested that you talk to your account manager to get an official statement about the extended support lifecycle for Windows Server 2003 and the version of the .NET Framework that ships in it.

  • i have installed VB 2008 but .net framework is not downloading

  • Hi MOhit - Can you please use the tool described at blogs.msdn.com/.../6458047.aspx to collect all of your setup log files, upload the file named %temp%\vslogs.cab that this tool will create to a file server (such as http://skydrive.live.com), and then reply back here and provide a link that I can use to download your log files and take a closer look?

  • Hello,

    After using the tool clenaup, could not reinstall any version of dotnet, displays the following message:

    Event Type: Information

    Event Source: MsiInstaller

    Event Category: None

    Event ID: 1040

    Date: 2/18/2013

    Time: 4:44:05 PM

    Description:

    The description for Event ID ( 1040 ) in Source ( MsiInstaller ) cannot be found. The local computer may not have the necessary registry information or message DLL files to display messages from a remote computer. You may be able to use the /AUXSOURCE= flag to retrieve this description; see Help and Support for details. The following information is part of the event: c:\90bd99a74c2ce9b42c\wcu\dotnetframework\dotnetfx20\netfx20a_x64.msi, 7868, (NULL), (NULL), (NULL), , .

    Anyone experienced this?

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