Do I need Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0?

Full-of-beans - Sep 13, 2009 at 05:33 PM
 Jav - Feb 2, 2016 at 11:02 AM

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.

2 replies

Usman Pirzada
Apr 21, 2010 at 09:28 AM
DotNetFramework Isn NOT ususally required for basic computing ie word internet etc , but for advanced apps and some games it is essential.

Usman Pirzada
Word has required the .Net framework for sometime now.
closeup22 Posts 8924 Registration date Friday May 15, 2009 Status Member Last seen October 7, 2010 2,109
Sep 16, 2009 at 11:41 AM
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
Sep 16, 2009 at 03:31 PM
Dear closeup22,

I appreciate you taking the time to answer my question.

I may not be able to get expand the memory on this machine, so if I can get rid of any un-necessary programs, that would be great. You say that Microsoft.NET is "really useful".

Why is that? What will it help me, a non-computer specialist, to do? If it doesn't help me with Windows XP, MS Office, INternet Explorer, my printer etc., I can't see that it is earning its keep.

What does Microsoft.NET do?

Did you get a satisfactory answer to this question?
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?