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I need to install .NET Framework 3.5 on a Windows 2003 Server. This is server has 'just been running' for several years with no updates. It appears it is not even on SP1. I have Googled, but found no good steps on how to get this old beast updated for this version of .NET


Over 50 GB free Hard drive space Xeon 2.80GHz Processor 2 GB RAM

Is there a simple download to make this happen? We are an Apple shop and not Windows Server specialists.


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Just running Windows Update should bring you up to .NET 3.5. You can tell by visiting C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework. Do you have a v3.5 folder?

As long as it's installed then in terms of selecting the version by IIS, just select v2.0 and it will really be v3.5 too. v3.5 is just a set of extensions on top of v2.0, so the parent framework is v2.0 (confusing, I know).

If for some reason it's not installed with Windows Update, then you can obtain it here:

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Thanks.. Going to try tomorrow. – mozzer Nov 9 '12 at 15:53

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