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  • im trying to free up some space on my computer thru add/remove programs...if i have microsoft .net framework 3.0 service pack 2 do i need microsoft .net framework 2.0 service pack 2.  what are these and do I need them at all?  this computer is used by my child for itunes basically, thats it.
    Friday, July 9, 2010 7:33 PM

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  • This article describes the interrelationships between .NET 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5. In a nutshell, .NET 3.0 and 3.5 are *extensions* of 2.0, so all three must be installed if 3.5 is needed. 2.0 is required if 3.0 is needed.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb822049.aspx

    The .NET Framework provides a secure, managed environment and class library support for software execution. Whether your child's computer needs them depends on what software is used. You should also know that removal of .NET versions depends on what version of Windows is installed. You cannot remove .NET versions that are embedded in Windows. Read here for more information.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2007/03/14/mailbag-what-version-of-the-net-framework-is-included-in-what-version-of-the-os.aspx

    I suspect that because Itunes requires:

    "Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, 32-bit editions of Windows Vista, or 32-bit editions of Windows 7" (From the ITunes download page)

    and All cited versions of Windows include *some* version of .NET, that what you have is probably needed.

    As you seem to be using Windows XP, I'd suggest that you ask in the Windows XP forums about safer ways to regain disc space:

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsxp

    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Friday, July 16, 2010 5:02 AM
    Saturday, July 10, 2010 2:34 PM
  • Hi Conniees911,

    Thank you for your post.

    In general, we need to install .NET Framework to support .NET applications. For example, .NET 2.0 supports .NET 2.0 applications while .NET 4.0 supports .NET 4.0 applications.
    This means that we should need to install the related .NET Framework on the target machine to support the application.

    If you're not quite sure whether there is any application based on .NET 2.0 or 3.0, it would be better that you can leave them on your machine.

    Hope this helps! If you have any concern, please feel free to let me know.

    Best regards,
    Yichun Chen

    (This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites; therefore, Microsoft cannot make any representations regarding the quality, safety, or suitability of any software or information found there. There are inherent dangers in the use of any software found on the Internet, and Microsoft cautions you to make sure that you completely understand the risk before retrieving any software from the Internet.)
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    • Edited by YiChun Chen Friday, July 16, 2010 4:59 AM typo
    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Friday, July 16, 2010 5:02 AM
    Monday, July 12, 2010 12:22 PM

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  • This article describes the interrelationships between .NET 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5. In a nutshell, .NET 3.0 and 3.5 are *extensions* of 2.0, so all three must be installed if 3.5 is needed. 2.0 is required if 3.0 is needed.

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb822049.aspx

    The .NET Framework provides a secure, managed environment and class library support for software execution. Whether your child's computer needs them depends on what software is used. You should also know that removal of .NET versions depends on what version of Windows is installed. You cannot remove .NET versions that are embedded in Windows. Read here for more information.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/astebner/archive/2007/03/14/mailbag-what-version-of-the-net-framework-is-included-in-what-version-of-the-os.aspx

    I suspect that because Itunes requires:

    "Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later, 32-bit editions of Windows Vista, or 32-bit editions of Windows 7" (From the ITunes download page)

    and All cited versions of Windows include *some* version of .NET, that what you have is probably needed.

    As you seem to be using Windows XP, I'd suggest that you ask in the Windows XP forums about safer ways to regain disc space:

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/windowsxp

    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Friday, July 16, 2010 5:02 AM
    Saturday, July 10, 2010 2:34 PM
  • Hi Conniees911,

    Thank you for your post.

    In general, we need to install .NET Framework to support .NET applications. For example, .NET 2.0 supports .NET 2.0 applications while .NET 4.0 supports .NET 4.0 applications.
    This means that we should need to install the related .NET Framework on the target machine to support the application.

    If you're not quite sure whether there is any application based on .NET 2.0 or 3.0, it would be better that you can leave them on your machine.

    Hope this helps! If you have any concern, please feel free to let me know.

    Best regards,
    Yichun Chen

    (This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on these sites; therefore, Microsoft cannot make any representations regarding the quality, safety, or suitability of any software or information found there. There are inherent dangers in the use of any software found on the Internet, and Microsoft cautions you to make sure that you completely understand the risk before retrieving any software from the Internet.)
    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.
    Welcome to the All-In-One Code Framework! If you have any feedback, please tell us.
    • Edited by YiChun Chen Friday, July 16, 2010 4:59 AM typo
    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Friday, July 16, 2010 5:02 AM
    Monday, July 12, 2010 12:22 PM