Microsoft .net Framework 3.5 on Windows XP Embedded

At work, I’m deploying Software to Windows XP embedded Clients. The Past days, i was analyzing a problem with Microsoft “Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1 (KB929300)”. The Installation Log said:

DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0a is not installed.

This Error is kind of confusing, since .NET Framework 3.0 was already installed, and there’s actually no version 3.0a which you can download. I then decided (after a lot of other ideas, which didn’t work out) to extract the 3.5 (yes, 3.5) Redist Package using winrar, and found the following MSI:

dotnetfx35\wcu\dotNetFramework\dotNetFX30\Netfx30a_x86.msi

This MSI tells you to use setup.exe, and quits installing, so it has to be edited (I’ve used ORCA to do so). After I installed it, i was finally able to install .NET Framework 3.5

4 Comments

  1. Mr Confused says:

    Well done, you just left out the most crucial part of the fix though… How do you use ORCA? we dont all have esp you know

  2. Nico says:

    What’s ESP?
    Orca, you download it from Microsoft, it’s free, and hard to find (you’ll need to download and install the platform SDK). You should be able to do it with the info from my blog. There must be some setting within the msi that tells you tu run setup.exe, you just delete it and test. Sorry I don’t remember exactly, as this is quite a while ago.

  3. Willie says:

    I could not fine the net framework.3.5 to download and install. Where do I find it and how do I install it. Thank you so much for your reply.

  4. Nico says:

    Sorry, this is Ages ago.. I really don’t remember more than written in the article.. I don’t work for that company any more, so I don’t have access to the software sources.

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