The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 was released last fall along with Visual Studio 2008 SP1. The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 and the .NET Framework 3.0 SP2 behind the scenes as prerequisites.Â Initially, the only way to get the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 was to install the full .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 package.
Last week, a standalone installer package for the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 was posted on the Microsoft Download Center.Â There are x86, x64 and ia64 versions of this package, and the package allows you to install the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 without needing to install any .NET Framework 3.0 or 3.5 packages.
Note that there is not a standalone package for the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.Â In order to install the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on those operating systems, you will still have to install the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.
Here are links to download locations for the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2:
- .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 core package
- .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 language packs
For the language packs, you will need to go to the above link and change the language drop-down to the language that you want to download the language pack for, then download the files listed in the language-specific version of the download page.
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