Peter Marcu has posted some detailed information about improvements that have been made to the setup and deployment process for the .NET Framework 4 starting with the recently released .NET Framework 4 beta 2 and Visual Studio 2010 beta 2. The improvements have been made to solve issues that exist in the .NET Framework 3.5 and 3.5 SP1 and to address customer feedback that has been received from previous releases. The improvements that Peter describes are focused on the following areas:
- Size – making the overall download and install size of the .NET Framework 4 smaller
- Robustness – making the download and installation process more reliable
- Performance – making the download and install time faster
I encourage you to read Peter’s blog post at http://blogs.msdn.com/pmarcu/archive/2009/09/30/net-framework-4-0-beta-2-deployment.aspx to learn more about the specific improvements being made to the .NET Framework setup and deployment process in the .NET Framework 4 product.