If you go to Microsoft download center, then by default you will get live installer of approximately 2-3 MB’s while complete .NET framework requires 50-200 MB. Actually on the same page there are links to complete setup but they are placed in a way that anyone can hardly notice them. Seems like Microsoft wants you to download live installer but there are problems with live installer…
- It may hang forever if you have slow internet connection like dial-up, GPRS, etc.
- You can not use it at all if your computer is not connected to internet 🙁
- Also if you are running pirated Windows better not to use any software/installer from Microsoft which connects to Internet.
# Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Setup
- 32-bit version (Size: ~200MB)
# Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Setup
Do not worry about authenticity of above links as they are from Microsoft’s server! 🙂
Update: If you are looking for offline installer for Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 then click here.