It is recommended that when the Framework removal fails from the Add/Remove programs then only this tool should be used or we can say when the Framework is corrupted and not able to remove. Also this tool will not remove the framework which is a inbuilt component of operating system. Windows XP Media Center Edition or Tablet PC Edition will not give the option to clean up the .NET Framework 1.0, running it on Windows Server 2003 will not offer the option to clean up the .NET Framework 1.1 and running it on Windows Vista will not remove the .NET Framework 2.0 or the .NET Framework 3.0.
I have used this tool with several cases and the result is really good. But I will always recommend before you use this tool it’s always better to know what exactly its doing.
The most important thing about the Microsoft .Net Framework Cleanup Tool:
1. .Net Framework cleanup tool removes all the files which are shared and registry keys used by other versions of the .NET Framework
2. Also after running the cleanup tool you might have to repair any other version of Framework installed
Download Links Microsoft .Net Framework
Microsoft .Net Framework 1.1
· Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 for Itanium-based Systems; Windows Server 2003 x64 editions; Windows Server 2008 Datacenter; Windows Server 2008 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems; Windows Server 2008 Standard; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Enterprise; Windows Vista Home Basic; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Starter; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows XP; Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 32 Bit
Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 64 Bit
Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0
· Supported Operating Systems: Longhorn (Windows Code Name) ; Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2 For customers that already have the .NET Framework 2.0 installed, this .NET Framework 3.0 redistributable package installs only the new Windows Vista components. This ensures that any .NET Framework 2.0-based applications work seamlessly when the .NET Framework 3.0 is installed, with no application migration or updates of any kind required.
The Link I am providing is the full redistributable package for 32 Bit and 64 Bit:
.Net Framework 3.0 32 Bit
.Net Framework 3.0 64 Bit
Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5
· Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista; Windows XP
· Processor: 400 MHz Pentium processor or equivalent (Minimum); 1GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (Recommended)
· RAM:96 MB (Minimum); 256 MB (Recommended)
· Hard Disk: Up to 500 MB of available space may be required
· CD or DVD Drive: Not required
· Display: 800 x 600, 256 colors (Minimum); 1024 x 768 high color, 32-bit (Recommended)
The Link I am providing is the full redistributable package
In case there is any question on the above post please feel free to contact me as sometimes it depends what exactly the issue is and how we approach the troubleshooting or the exact root cause of the issue is determined.
How to use Microsoft .Net Framework Cleanup utility
1. Download the Framework cleanup utility
2. Extract it and you will get a cleanup_tool.exe
3. Double click on that
4. Read and Accept the agreement before you proceed
5. In the Product Cleanup Tab you will have the list of products available in the UI will depend on what OS you are running on – the tool doesn’t allow removing any versions of the .NET Framework that are installed as OS components (such as 2.0 or 3.0 on Vista for example)
6. Click “Cleanup Now” once you are confirmed which version to remove, you also have a option removing all but it depends on the various scenarios
7. In the Current Status it will show you the status of the cleaning and in successful cleanup it will show “Product Cleanup Succeeded”
8. This tool will only prompt for restart if it finds some files is being used.