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.



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: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22.

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