Do I need Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0? [Solved/Closed]

 Jav -

I am NOT a computer programmer, but I have Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2 (185Mb), Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack Pack 2 (180 Mb) and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SPI (28Mb) taking up valuable hard-drive space.

Wikipedia says that these programs help computer-specialists.

Do I need these programs on my machine?

I'd appreciate any sensible advice that anyone can offer.

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DotNetFramework Isn NOT ususally required for basic computing ie word internet etc , but for advanced apps and some games it is essential.

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Word has required the .Net framework for sometime now.
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Hello Sir,

These programs are essentials for running certain programs which require Microsoft.NET framework!

So never uninstall it as it's really useful!

If you have more questions about programs please do not hesitate to ask on the forum

Thank you
The .NET Framework packs are needed for running any programmes that are built with them. So if you download any programme that requires .net versions 2.0, 3.0 or 3.5 and you don't have them installed then it won't run.

Most Commercial software produced by big companies in written in C++ so you probably don't need all the .NET frameworks but any 'smaller' apps, written by private programmers and even some big companies will makes programmes written in the lates VB.NET language and will need the appropriate framework installed.

For example, the ATi graphics software needs framework 2.0 installed to run.

In conclusion, I would leave them as it means you won't have issues if you do use software written for specific versions of .NET but if you're absolutely desperate for the space, and you're an average user then you should be able to remove versions 3.0 and 3.5 and not many apps will need them.
hey there, same here, and dunno much about compus, but the thing is on mine I got 2.0, 3.0 AND 3.5 SPI, the last one not taking so much, can I remove at least one of them, as it also tells me its rarely been used?
hello im having the same problem. which do I need more 2.0 or 3.0?
> thankyou!
.NET is from Microsoft and was installed by Vista and higher Windows versions during the setup of a new PC. It is a Framework that runs on Windows PCs and makes programming new software for Windows easier by using the Framework. It is NOT REQUIRED by Windows OS'es, but some software(programs) were written using the Framework and in order to use the software, you will need to have .NET Framework installed. It is usually safe to uninstall the .NET lower versions such as 2.0, 3, etc. and just use the most recent from Microsoft. Use Windows Update to get it.

If after uninstalling, a program doesn't run because it needs .NET Framework, then do the install of the latest version. Keep in mind that the latest version may not run on older Windows OS'es. Use the latest available version for your OS.
I have .net version 2.0 downloaded, and is required to run my printer, but how do I install it, as I have gone through all the folders, and there is nothing that resembles install.exe or setup.exe?

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