New subscriber David Sievers wrote with an interesting question…
I have a couple of email verifying and sending programs, for my business, that have several different databases (new, unsubs, local, good, etc.) I have downloaded into them to use.
I cannot add, unsubscribe, or change any of the addresses in any way.
Could this be a .NET Microsoft Framework problem?
Also, while on the subject, I read in the Sunbelt News to uninstall all earlier JAVA programs — how about previous .NET Framework programs and their updates?
I have version 1, 1.1, 2, service pack 2, 3, service pack 3 and now service Pac 3.5.
Should I uninstall all previous programs and updates prior to service pack 3.5?
Microsoft wants $99.00 just to answer that question.
Unfortunately, I have no idea whether his inability to add, unsubscribe or change the addresses is a .Net problem. It could result from anything from a mis-entered database password to a programming problem or even a full hard drive. David might want to look to see if the program is creating any error logs.
The issue with earlier Java versions is that you should only need one version although they can co-exist also. I have yet to find a Java-based program that would not run with the “latest version,” no matter which version that was.
The problem with having older versions installed is that security flaws in earlier versions would still be available and vulnerable.
Regarding the multiple versions of .Net, multiple .Net Framework versions can co-exist. Does the same security issue apply to .Net? I would think so, unless MS continues to release fixes for the earlier versions — and unless he continues to do his updates as new .Net fixes are issued.
The real question is whether you require any programs that require the earlier versions of .Net. I’ve read that they’re not always backwards-compatible, so he may have a program that requires a specific version of .Net.
David wrote back to comment and ask:
THANKS FOR YOUR INCREDIBLY QUICK RESPONSE.
Is there any way you know of to figure out if a particular program is dependent upon .Net Framework 1.1?
I think that is the one I’m having a problem with.
The support techs for this company are few and far between and response to even a question takes forever.
They have gotten a little better in the last couple weeks but I though another opinion would be good, too.
P.S. Viper is great – been using it on 5 computers for almost a year now. Their support is A-one.
I wrote back to say that there was one sure method to test. He could uninstall version 1.1 and then try the programs he’s concerned about. I don’t know of any way to make sure BEFORE he uninstalls 1.1.
I also suggested that he check www.microsoft.com beforehand to make sure that he can reinstall version 1.1 if he needs to. I searched for
.net framework 1.1
and got this link
that he could use to download .Net 1.1 for re-installation if he really needs version 1.1.