How to Install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Offline On Windows 8

Quite anumber of applications require Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installed on your computer but Windows 8 only came with .NET Framework 4.5. This means programs that require earlier versions of this package won’t working and it’s one of the first problems I encountered with Windows 8.

An app on your PC needs the following Windows feature:

.NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)

I already have the file on my hard drive but I couldn’t install it like I used to do it on Windows 7, there’s need to connect to the internet and I wasn’t ready to burn almost 200MB installing the framework.

microsoft .net framework 3.5 offline installation on windows 8

However, you can install this feature offline so far you still have your Windows 8 DVD intact. Microsoft .NET framework is already included in Windows 8 but it needs to be added as a feature.

Must Read: Install .NET Framwork on Windows Server 2008 R2

As I said earlier, this will only work if you still have the installation disc with you. You can follow this steps:

1. Insert your Windows 8 DVD

2. Move the cursor to the bottom-left where the start menu is located and right-click

3. Select Command Prompt (Admin)

.NET framework offline installation

4. Now, copy this:

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

Be sure to change the D written in red to your DVD drive letter.

5. Go back to CMD, paste this command and hit Enter

.net framework 5.5 on windows 8

6. This may take a while but you should be a little patient till the whole installation is complete.

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When the installation is complete, you can now trying installing those applications require .NET Framework 3.5 and they should work without that previous warning popping up.

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  • Obasi Miracle

    I once faced this about two months ago when I first started using windows 8 customer preview

  • Edi – The A.J Geek

    Hi Bro,
    I’m having problems installing some Apps on my PC. So I wanted to ask if .NET Framework version 4. and above can run on Pentium 3.
    I use Windows XP, it’s my own Desktop :)

    • Don Caprio

      I really dunno but I think there should be a version for your OS. The highest I ever used on WIn XP was 3.5

    • Ani

      winXP does not support .net4 & above.

  • Jay

    This will be handy…
    I have a requirement before but with no internet I have to go online and download it.

  • http://** Leonardo

    You’re the best,,

    Easy and direct..

    Very Tnx and Very nice Tuto..