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How to install Microsoft .Net platform on computers not connected to the Internet

More and more Windows (and sadly even Linux) applications are being developed on the .NET platform nowadays. To run these applications, a client machine needs to have an appropriate version of the .NET platform installed. Since web installers for all the .NET platforms (for Windows) are freely available on the official Microsoft site, this shouldn’t be a problem for anyone with a decent internet connection. However, Microsoft seems to be hell-bent on pushing the web installer over the offline installer, because all links (AFAIK) point to the web installer. A web installer is fine – even great – but there are situations where you absolutely need an offline installer – for computers not connected to the internet (6.9 percent of the Indian population have access to the Internet. Which is still a huge improvement from this), or in situations where you need to install the platform on many computers simultaneously (like I did. Will  post about it later 🙂 )

So I searched. No luck at first, but after some heavy googling, I found a blog post that had links to these official offline installers. In the spirit of the blog, I’m sharing the information with you. Since the versions are backward compatible, downloading the latest version will suffice in most conditions, but it is possible that older programs may occasionally misbehave. So download the appropriate version wherever needed.

.NET Framework 4.0

32-bit and 64-bit versions: Download

.NET Framework 3.5 SP1

32-bit and 64-bit versions: Download

.NET Framework 3.5

32-bit and 64-bit versions: Download

.NET Framework 3.0

32-bit version: Download
64-bit version: Download

.NET Framework 2.0

32-bit version: Download
64-bit version: Download

.NET Framework 1.1 SP1

32-bit version: Download

One problem you might encounter on older systems is that the Windows Installer too is older than required. So before beginning the installation, install the latest Windows Installer for your platform from the Official Microsoft site

Windows Installer 4.5:

Download Page

Some computers didn’t allow me to install the Windows Installer because they had a component called Windows Imaging Component missing. So install the below patch

Windows Imaging Component (English):


For those of you who are using a language other than English, download the correct component from the list below

Download Page

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