Problems Using NET Framework

Apr 3, 2018 11:45PM PDT

I was running MS NET Framework 3.5 smoothly under Windows 7. For no good reason, I decided to update to a more recent version. That’s when all my problems began. I now can’t open some key programs that use NET Frmk to work.

I’ve removed NET Framework a number of times with an uninstaller. As far as I can tell, I purged all files and registry entries. I’ve done this in Safe Mode and Normal Mode.

I tried installing older and newer versions. Always problems. I now have v4.5 installed.

- When I start some programs, I get a message that NET Framework will not load. Other times, I get a .NET Framework Initialization Error [Please
set registry key - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\.NETFramework\InstallRoot to the .NET Framework install location]. I have entered this into the registry manually, but no luck.

- I have tried turning on the feature in Control Panel. I get a message that “An error has occurred. Not all the features were successfully changed.”
- If I check ‘Services’ in MSCONFIG, it shows the 64 & 86 versions are both Stopped.
- I have tried “NetFxRepairTool’, but it “is unable to resolve the installation issues”.
- I ran “NetFxSetupVerifier” and it was also unsuccessful.

Any suggestions as to how I get back on track?


Windows 7 SP1 (64 bit)

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Clarification Request
I did run into this on a client a few years back.
Apr 6, 2018 4:39PM PDT

They were under the misimpression that Net 4.0 was a newer version of Net 3.5. Sorry no. I'm not going to reproduce the web here.

If you need 3.5, then you install 3.5.

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Also getting same problem
Apr 4, 2018 6:00AM PDT

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Post was last edited on April 4, 2018 6:51 AM PDT

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Have You Seen This?
Apr 4, 2018 10:02AM PDT

See the fix in the link below. Although your computer is Win7 and the other is Win8, the install location should be the same. I don't have a Window 7 machine to check right now but Windows 10 shows the same registry entry as mentioned in the article.:

If this doesn't get it done, then your best bet is to perform a reinstall of Windows 7.

Hope this helps.


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Problems Using NET Framework
Apr 5, 2018 10:34PM PDT

Thanks for replying. As I said in my initial post, I already tried the suggested registry fix that the article recommends.

I know that the best option is to wipe my drive and start fresh, but that's painful.

Does anyone have any other ideas?

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Apr 6, 2018 9:29AM PDT

What happens if you start these services?

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Problems Using NET Framework
Apr 6, 2018 4:36PM PDT

Please check my original post.

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