Solved .NET framework initialization error

August 26, 2015 at 04:43:29
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 Service Pack 3 SP3, Pentium 4 2.50GHz/504 MB RAM
I have a CompaqPresario S5300NX running Windows XP Service Pack 3 through AVG antivirus. Went to Compaq site to update drivers and applications etc and before HP Support Solutions would scan and download an application to check for updates to install I was hit with .NET framework initialization error. It stated,
"to run this application you must first install one of the following versions of the .NET framework
Contact your application publisher for instructions about obtaining the appropriate version of the .NET framework"
I went to Microsoft knowledge database but haven't a clue what version is appropriate for my computer. Can someone give me a clue?

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August 26, 2015 at 06:00:17
If you open Internet Explorer, click Tools, Windows Update and see the updates available, you should be able to install the .Net Framework from there.

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August 26, 2015 at 10:08:03
I should have mentioned that I am working with Mozilla. Internet Explorer does not work well with Windows XP if at all. I see more explanation is necessary.

I tried Windows Update but Microsft tries to find the latest version and considering I am using XP which they no longer support it isn't a surprise they state "the website has encountered a problem and cannot display the page you are trying to view.....

I am sure there are updates I am missing as I haven't used this desktop since 2008. My laptop died 3 months ago and I am trying to get this PC at it's optimum so I did a factory reset. I found a place to download SP3 which allowed me to get up and running with Mozilla, the old Outlook Express I made accessible and I was able to get almost all non-expired original software running again.

My only issue is the combination dvd/cd player. It won't play either one in the drive. I think in 2008 I downloaded a driver for a cd player and over road the dvd driver. I currently have run the PC doctor and the system stalls on this drive when trying to determine it's "health" and ejects whatever is in the drive. I tried to uninstall and reinstall a driver (let it search for the correct one) but that was a fail. Is the drive itself dead possibly but how does one know if the driver itself could be wrong.

I am hoping that by going to the source "Compaq" it will tell me which driver needs to be for that drive. Long shot I know but who would have thunk that I could get this old thing up and running but I did.

Any clues to the right .NET framework for this Compaq Presario S5300NX would be greatly appreciated.

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August 26, 2015 at 11:31:51
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It's not about which version is right for that computer, it's which version is needed for the software installed that needs version 4 of .Net Framework

Here is the installer for .Net Framework version 4. It will work on XP.

You don't need to install any drivers for CD/DVD drives, Windows has the correct drivers built in. If they don't work, than it's most likely a dead drive.

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August 26, 2015 at 15:57:49

Thanks THX 1138 for the link to the .Net Framework v.4. It downloaded fast and installed slow but seems to have worked on my XP. Unfortunately when I applied the HP Support Solutions Framework Set-up to access the updates it stated " this application is only supported on Windows 7 and later versions of OS. wah wah. (the site never said that or I wouldn't have started this.)

Oh well, I tried but the the NET Framework v.4 seems to have had the unintended effect on the speed of my internet access. No big hangs/ pauses are happening. Yippee.

And thanks for the additional info in your answer to explain things.

For all of the above I give you the best answer.

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August 27, 2015 at 15:52:15
You're welcome meHannah, glad it sort of worked out for you, and increased your Internet speed.

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