Published On: Tue, May 8th, 2012

How to install missing .Net framework 3.5 in Windows 8

By default Microsoft’s next generation of windows operating system came up with .Net Framework 4. However, in order to run the some of the installed windows application along with some portable applications as well, windows 8 need to have enabled and run the .Net Framework 3.5.1 option. This is shown by “turning windows features on or off window” with the options to accept or you can cancel the changes.

As there some application programs for which you need to have installed .Net Framework 3.5.1 or you can say in order to run some application programs, you need to install .Net Framework version 3.5.1. So, can you download and install .Net Framework 3.5.1 externally which is missing in Windows 8 because the by default version that is pre-installed in windows 8 is .Net framework version 4.0. But in some cases you required to have .net Framework 3.5 in order to run some applications programs smoothly in Windows 8. So, if you are facing a slow internet connection, then you do not download this program internally because it requires maximum downloading speed.

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You will definitely encounter some problems in windows 8 every time when you are trying to run any application which requires .Net Framework 3.5. You would be annoyed in this type of situation.  However, as per above screenshot, if you have accepted the changes, then you will be diverted to windows updated and at there the required files will be downloaded on your computer. But somehow, this process never succeeded in many cases, as we have continued to observe the situation. And if you wish to cancel the option, then no changes will be made and the desired application won’t be run on your computer.  But don’t worry, here you can find the permanent and authentic solution for your problem, how to download and install .Net Framework 3.5 version on windows 8 which is missing in it.

Installing .Net Framework on Windows 8

The permanent fix to this problem is as under:-

  1. At the first stage you need to open up the control panel, and then move on to the programs and features, and then click on turn windows features on or off.
  2. At the second step, you need to select .Net Framework 3.5.1 feature and then click on the Ok. Windows 8 will download the required files by simply connecting windows update. It is shown in the below screen shot, which is highlighted red in the circle.

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3.  After your download is completed, you will be prompt with the message “Windows successfully completed the request      changes”. The same has been shown in the below screen shot.

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That is the solution of permanent fix to your problem, as you can now easily run any windows related installed application even the portable applications as well without facing any problem.

But how can you enable .net Framework 3.5.1 on offline computers. What you need to have windows 8 DP installation media. First of all you need to create “net35” folder in the C drive on your computer HDD partition. Now just open command prompt by simply using Win + R shortcut key. Then execute the following command in the command line.

xcopy H:\sources\sxs\*.* c:\net35 /s

where H is DVD drive, it takes some time for all files to copied you need to be patient.

After having all files copied, open command prompt with administrator rights or privileges. Then type and execute the following into the command line. Same has been shown in the screenshot.  After that you will be prompt with the message “The operation completed successfully”

Dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:c:\net35 /LimitAccess

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  1. Gnome says:

    Thank you very much guys, your offline procedure saved my day!
    I wonder when Microsoft will learn to move to users’ side! They should learn that copying Linux GUIs is not enough!

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