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.NET Framework Repair Tool now supports diagnosing and repairing .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 setup issues

.NET Framework Repair Tool now supports diagnosing and repairing .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 setup issues

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A little while ago, I posted an introduction to a new .NET Framework Repair Tool that can be used to diagnose and repair .NET Framework 4 setup issues.  An updated version of the repair tool has been released today to add support for diagnosing and repairing issues with .NET Framework 2.0 SP2, 3.0 SP2 and 3.5 SP1 setup.  The repair tool can identify and fix issues with the installation of MSI-based versions of the .NET Framework, but it cannot fix issues related to versions of the .NET Framework that are installed as a part of Windows.

If you run into installation issues with the MSI-based versions of the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2, 3.0 SP2, 3.5 SP1 or 4, I strongly encourage you to download the .NET Framework Repair Tool and run it to see if it resolves your issue before resorting to trying the .NET Framework cleanup tool. Here are links that you can use to find additional information about the .NET Framework Repair Tool:

  • Is download link  - go.microsoft.com/fwlink - correct? "Default site" of Download center loads for me...

  • Hi Aaron,

    thank you very much. Unfortunately today the .NET Framework Repair Tool download link go.microsoft.com/fwlink does NOT work anymore.

  • sadly the download doesnt work. Can you attach the file here if you already have it? Thanks.

  • Hi Ada, Axel and Jan - I've confirmed that the fwlink isn't working for me either, and I can't seem to find the link to allow you to directly download the tool either.  I'll track down what is going on with the download page for this tool and post an update when I know more.

  • Hi Aaron - Yes, there are some people at the new Microsoft Community forums that would highly appreciate your helping on the download link issue. Thanks in advance.

  • Hi all - The tool was taken down last night to make an update, and it should be available again later today.  When it is available, the fwlink should also start working again.

  • Hi all - The tool is once again available for download.  I apologize for any inconvenience that this caused in the meantime.

  • Aaron plz help when i open the downloader of net framework 3.5

    it download so fast and install so fast and tell me setup error

    because in the first i download net framework 3.5 standalone installer and onpened it

    it setuped some but didnt complete , and its in the c,windows,microsoft net,v3.5 and i cant remove

    it , plz help i want play league of legends

  • Hi Mostafa - I'm sorry for the hassles that this is causing for you.  What version of Windows do you have on your computer?  Windows 7 and Windows 8 include the .NET Framework 3.5 as a part of the OS, so the standalone installer will not work correctly.  If you're using one of those versions of Windows, you'll need to go to the Windows Features control panel to enable the .NET Framework 3.5.

    If you're not using one of those versions of Windows, then I'd suggest trying the tools and steps listed at blogs.msdn.com/.../8108332.aspx to see if they help solve this problem.

  • Hello,

    I just installed .net framework 4. Someone was saying that I would need to install 1.1 2.0 and 3.5 1st but 1.1 wouldn't install. I thought I had read that the other versions would install automatically if you install the most recent one. Is that correct?


  • Hi Cisz - It normally should be possible to install these versions of the .NET Framework in any order.  If the .NET Framework 1.1 is failing to install, can you please use steps like the ones at blogs.msdn.com/.../help-me-help-you-if-you-have-setup-bugs.aspx to enable verbose logging and send me a log file from the failure so I can take a closer look?

    The .NET Framework 3.5 installs the .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 behind the scenes.  Those are the only versions that are installed automatically by other versions of the .NET Framework.

  • Hi,

    Just used the cleanup tool and it worked a treat after DotNetInstaller 2.0 would not work. Thanks

  • I've tried .net framework repairing, clean-up but nothing works! Brand new Win 7 home edition system, very little installed (MS Office). It wont upgrade either (win7 sp1). I just get x8000247 of x8000fff or x8E5e0247 errors. Windows troubleshooter wont run either. Just wasted 12 hours straight. I do not have installation disks as it is a Toshiba laptop, just back from Toshiba.

  • Hi Lockie Cresswell - The errors that you describe sound like problems installing Windows Updates on your computer.  I'd suggest trying to use the steps in the knowledge base article at support.microsoft.com/.../971058 to reset the Windows Update components on your computer to see if that helps resolve this issue.

    If that doesn't help, then I'd also suggest trying to run the System Update Readiness Tool from support.microsoft.com/.../947821.

  • I'm on Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium. I've installed an application that required SQL Server be installed. It wouldn't install until after removing the SQL version that was already there. After installation, the application errors after start-up (splash screen) with "The type initializer for 'Spring.Concept.Support.AbstractXmlApplicationContext' threw an exception." It's a HP laptop, and a number of HP specific applications (HP Support Assistant, HP Setup, etc.) won't run either. Is this a problem with .NET? I've already tried 'sfc /scannow', which will replace files and directories of .NET, but doesn't fix the registry.

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