This is a 2 part question regarding installing and updating .NET on a server.

  1. I have a server with .NET 4.5 installed. I would like to update it to have .NET 4.5.2. If I install this package, will I also be able to run apps that target 4.5.1? Or do I have to install a separate package for .NET 4.5.1?
  2. The server does not have .NET 4.6 installed and I like to be able to target both .NET 4.6 and .NET 4.6.1. Can I simply install this package to get both versions, or do I have to install them separately? Or even better, will this package get me the latest 4.5.2 and 4.6.1 versions in 1 shot?

It just seems like there are a lot of options here :)


See here.

All of the .NET Framework versions listed in the following table are in-place updates to the .NET Framework 4. In other words, if you install a later version, such as the .NET Framework 4.6, you do not first have to install the previous versions, such as the .NET Framework 4.5, 4.5.1, or 4.5.2.

All post-4.0 releases are cumulative; you just need to install the latest one.

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