How to Download .NET Framework for Windows 10

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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You may not know, but Windows 10 comes with .NET 4.5 framework available, but most of the apps require .NET 3.5 framework to run, so today we’re going to show you how to download .NET framework for Windows 10.
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You probably have some applications on your PC that require an older version of .NET framework, and here’s how can you enable it on Windows 10.

How do I download .NET framework?

  1. Use Control Panel
  2. Use Command Prompt
  3. Use the Windows installation media

Method 1 – Enable Windows .NET 3.5 from Control Panel

  1. Press Windows Key + R to start the Run window and type appwiz.cpl, then press Enter.
  2. When Programs and Features window opens, you need to press Turn Windows features on or off and search for .NET
  3. Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) on the list.
  4. If .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) is available, enable it and click OK.
  5. Follow the instructions to complete the installation, and if the installation requires to restart your computer.

An additional way to install .NET 3.5 Framework is to install an app that requires .NET 3.5 Framework. If the app doesn’t detect .NET 3.5 Framework enabled, it will ask you to download the Framework.

In addition, you can download .NET 3.5 Framework on Windows 10 directly from Microsoft’s website.

Method 2 – Install .NET 3.5 Framework offline using Command Prompt

  1. Press Windows key + R to open Run window.
  2. Type cmd and press Enter.
  3. Command Prompt window will open.
  4. Type Dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /source:F:sourcessxs /LimitAccess. Remember to change F: to match your installation media for Windows 10. In most cases this is your DVD or USB drive used to install Windows 10, so make sure that your Windows 10 DVD or USB is connected to your PC.

Method 3 – Install .NET 3.5 Framework using the Windows installation media

If using Command Prompt seems too complicated for you, there’s no need to worry, there’s a simpler solution more suitable for new users.

All you need to do is to download this tool, connect your Windows 10 DVD or USB drive to your computer and follow the instructions. This files does the same thing as the previous solution, but if the previous solution seems too complicated for you, feel free to try this one.

Installing .NET 3.5 framework on Windows 10 isn’t that hard, and we hope that these steps were helpful to you.

Update

If you’re running a recent version of Windows 10 you should know that .NET Framework 4.7.2 is included with Windows 10 October 2018 Update. However, you can install .NET Framework 4.7.2 on:

  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (version 1709)
  • Windows 10 Creators Update (version 1703)
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607)
  • Windows Server, version 1709
  • Windows Server 2016

Sadly, there’s no support if you are using Windows 10 1507 or Windows 1511. At the time of this article was written, the latest version of .NET Framework was 4.7.2.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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