When I try to download .NET Framework 3.0 GOLD my computer says that this isn't a Windows 32 application.

Commonly this is caused by the installation program you’ve downloaded to become corrupted in the download. By redownloading to either a different location you should be able to fix this issue.  Another common remedy for this issue is to download the redistributable package corresponding to your architecture: To download the full redistributable package, rather than…

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Downloading and installing .NET Framework 2.0 results in a not a windows application error

Most of the time this issue points back to a corrupted download.  Redowndownloading the package to a different directory will normally do the trick. The place to download the framework from: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/netframework/aa731542.aspx You will need to make sure that you download the right architecture that matches your machine.

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How do I get that annoying Visual Studio compatiblity dialog to go away when running on Vista

When using whidbey you might see a compatibility dialog.  This dialog can be remedied by installing the Visual Studio’s Vista Patch: http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=6366078 For more information: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa948853.aspx After installing the patch, you will then be able check the box in the right way to not see that compatibility dialog again. 🙂

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