Subscriber, friend and fellow computer club member Ralph Campbell wrote to ask for help with Microsoft’s .Net updates:
Terry, no one picked up on my question on ATE, so I’m going to the guru.
I plead total ignorance on this subject, and even after reading Wikipedia, I still don’t know anything.
I’m still using Windows XP Home Edition (SP3), and I plan on continuing to do so. I’ll probably expire before it does.
So, what is Windows .NET framework? I’m getting automatic downloads for it, but don’t know why. Many of my last security patches failed to install, and tend to blame that on the .net downloads.
Wiki indicated it was NOT for Wxp.
I’d just like to know what it is?
Can you ‘splain?
Can I safely uninstall all the .net files?
I wrote to Ralph to tell him that he was getting the wrong information from that Wiki article — .Net has nothing to do with which version of Windows you’re running.
It has everything to do with whether the programmer who wrote a program used a .Net Framework, and which version. So far, I think all versions can co-exist.
It is a set of pre-written program routines/steps, that Microsoft wrote to apply to Windows and to make it easier on programmers — who no longer had to write many of the common functions themselves.
The biggest difference is that these routines are installed on the users’ computers and used by the programs, rather than being compiled into the program files.
Yes, you can delete the .Net Framework files. The problem, if you do, is that any programs that you have installed that use the .Net Framework for their functions will no longer run correctly.
Had to a do a lot of reading, and off-site, but I determined that I don’t need it; I don’t create programs.
At this point, I wrote back, again, to Ralph to clarify the issue.
It’s not whether you create programs or not. It’s whether the program you install uses the .Net Framework (and which version they use).
Most programs that need .Net will install it automatically if you don’t already have it installed. Then, of course, once you have it, Windows Updates will offer you any available updates for it.
I would (and do) install the .Net Framework updates. Many of the issues fixed in the updates are security problems.