How to Enable .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8

Windows8LogoWindows 8 comes preinstalled with .Net Framework 4.5 which would mean that it should work for applications that are based upon .Net Framework 3.5. But that’s not the case. Tools that require the latter version sometimes fail to initialize the installation just because they can’t find the specific framework on your computer.

Moreover, you can’t install .Net Framework 3.5 manually as the installer will prompt you that a newer version is already installed on your system. So let’s see how you can resolve this deadlock and enable .Net Framework 3.5 on Windows 8 to install dependent software.

Step 1: On Windows 8 launch the Start Screen and search for uninstall under the settings tab. Click on the result Uninstall a program to open the Program and Features settings.

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Step 2: In Programs and Features window click on Turn Windows feature on or off  located on the left sidebar.

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Step 3: On the Windows Features popup window, expand .Net Framework 3.5 and put a check against both the included options.

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Step 4: Click the OK button and confirm the changes. Windows will connect to the internet and download the required files from the web. The download may take some time depending upon the speed of your connection.

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After the download is complete, restart your computer to complete the update process. You can now install applications that require .Net framework 3.5 to work on Windows 8.

Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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