Solved configure .NET Framework 3.51 on Windows 8 Customer Preview

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June 7, 2012 at 11:01:05
Specs: Windows 8, 2.4GHz /8Gb

i installed the new customer preview. Very strange to get used to. i have a great deal of difficulty of say, getting to control panel. i have to go via some other route.

anyway i will get used to it, that isn't the reason i am writing. i want to install a program that requires .Net framework 3.51

i have the full install package but when i try to run it on windows 8 only, A message pops up saying it wants to connect to windows update to download some files. Windows 8 only.

i then looked in the turn windows features on or off in control panel and tried to install .NET 3.51 and for that mattter 4 when i saw it as an option. In both cases it was saying it wanted to connect to windows update to download osme files

Now i only have a little 3G card with a download limit of 1gig /month. i use it a lot to play games, search the internet. So whilst i don't download programs, music or videos, i cannot afford to download large files using windows update. i turned the automatic updates off. Same reason.

Is there a way to get hold of the files windows 8 is after without connecting to windows update?

I tried putting in the installation disk and pointing windows to the DVD, the problem was the same, it couldn't find the files it was looking for.

So i have tried installing from a full download package and i have tried by using control panel and in both cases it wants more files from windows update. i can't afford to use windows update because it will kill my download limit.

Can someone let me know what i need to do please?

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June 7, 2012 at 14:34:21
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.net Framework can only be downloaded from Microsoft (except for the version which is built in to your version of Windows (if any).

What you'll have to do is ask a friend to download the versions you need using his broadband internet connection. Save to a pen-drive or CD, then you can install it on your PC from the pen-drive or CD.

Your friend will of course need to download the "offline"standalone installer, not the web-installer. The .net Framework 4.0 standalone installer is here:

Full package for .net Framework 3.5 SP1 is here:

Be aware that the system requirements for all .net Framework versions do not mention Windows 8, so don't be surprised if the installation fails.

The preview version of Windows 8 is not yet ready for all the add-ons and support files that may be required for your specific needs. That's why it's just a preview version.

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