Links to standalone .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 core and language pack installer packages

The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 was released last fall along with Visual Studio 2008 SP1.  The .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installs the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 and the .NET Framework 3.0 SP2 behind the scenes as prerequisites.  Initially, the only way to get the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 was to install the full .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 package.

Last week, a standalone installer package for the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 was posted on the Microsoft Download Center.  There are x86, x64 and ia64 versions of this package, and the package allows you to install the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 without needing to install any .NET Framework 3.0 or 3.5 packages.

There are a couple of important notes to keep in mind before downloading the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 using the links below:

  • There is not a standalone package for the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 for Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008.  In order to install the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 on those operating systems, you will still have to install the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1.

  • The .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 is a slipstream package.  This means it will install the .NET Framework 2.0 and the SP2 updates in a single package.  It will also automatically uninstall the .NET Framework 2.0 or 2.0 SP1 if you already have them installed.  If your system does not yet have the .NET Framework 2.0 at all, you can directly install the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 without installing any other .NET Framework 2.0 packages.

Here are links to download locations for the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2:

For the language packs, you will need to go to the above link and change the language drop-down to the language that you want to download the language pack for, then download the files listed in the language-specific version of the download page.

<update date="1/25/2009"> Added a note about the fact that the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 is a slipstream package and can be installed on a system even if it doesn't already have the .NET Framework 2.0 on it. </update>


Comments (5)
  1. donw146 says:

    Do you know how Windows Update would treat this standalone install? For example, I could manually download and install just the .Net 2.0 SP2 portion of the .NET Framework 3.5 Family Update at Will Windows Update even offer me this update if I only have .Net 2.0 SP2? Will it offer me all of .Net 3.5 SP1?

  2. Hi Donw146 – I don’t know for sure what Windows Update logic is authored for these packages.  Your best bet is to try installing on a clean system and then visit Windows Update to see what is offered.  I’m sorry I’m not able to be more helpful with that scenario.

  3. joselso says:

    In the download link to .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 core package, Microsoft list only Windows Server 2003 & Windows XP as Supported, but not Windows 2000 that you listed.

  4. Hi Joselso – This appears to be an oversight on the download page.  The .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 does support installing on Windows 2000 (but it does require that you install Windows 2000 SP4 before it will allow you to install 2.0 SP2).

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