Removing Programs RRS feed

  • Question

  • Good Morning!  I have Microsoft.NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 2 (208 MB), Microsoft.NET Framework 3.5 SP1(28.05 MB) and Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 (185 MB).  Would I be able to remove the 2.0 Service Pack without having problems with my system?

    Thank You!

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:45 PM


  • Hi,

    The .NET Framework versions 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 are built with the same version of the CLR (CLR 2.0).  These versions represent successive layers of a single installation.  Each version is built incrementally on top of the earlier versions.  It is not possible to run versions 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 side by side on a computer.  When you install version 3.5, you get the 2.0 and 3.0 layers automatically, and apps that were built for versions 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 can all run on version 3.5. 

    In general, you should not uninstall any versions of the .NET Framework that are installed on your computer, because an application you use may depend on a specific version and may break if that version is removed.  You can load multiple versions of the .NET Framework on a single computer at the same time.  This means that you can install the .NET Framework without having uninstall previous versions.

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    • Proposed as answer by pvdg42 Friday, December 13, 2013 1:58 PM
    • Marked as answer by Samson Sun - MSFT Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:44 AM
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:06 AM