Tips for an Easier Install of Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and Up

Are you ready to install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and up on Windows 10?  Use this quick hack guide to avoid headaches and problems! 

What is Microsoft .NET Framework? Microsoft .NET Framework is a set of libraries that are used in Windows applications.  Microsoft releases regular updates and service packs to provide fixes and security updates to the .NET framework.  

Why is it important? Without it, any .NET based applications that you have installed may stop working properly or altogether. 

What version is right for me? The latest major version is 4.7. This version builds incrementally on Microsoft features in Windows Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows CardSpace (InfoCard). In addition, .NET Framework 4.7 contains a number of new features in several technology areas which have been added as new assemblies to avoid breaking changes. 

What’s the catch when installing? The challenge becomes when you’re working on a newer computer with Windows 10 installed, but you want to install an older application that relies on .NET Framework 3.5.  Many applications still use the .NET Framework 3.5, and therefore this can cause error messages upon installation.  

How do I prepare for installation? By following a few simple steps here, anyone can install the .NET framework 3.5 on Windows 10. You will notice in the comments below the article several errors that can happen in installation.   

What’s the best way to bypass issues? The most common issue may be that the letter after “/Source:”  should be the drive letter where your media will install from (a windows 8 or 8.1 ISO). Also the commands are case sensitive and spacing is important. Open Notepad, copy & paste the command in, change drive letter to where the install file is currently, then copy and paste in an admin command prompt. 

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