Updated sample .NET Framework detection code that works with the .NET Framework 4.5 and 4.5.1

Someone recently asked me about the availability of an updated version of my sample .NET Framework detection code that supports the .NET Framework 4.5.  I could’ve sworn I had already updated that sample code to detect the .NET Framework 4.5, but when I looked back in my archive, it turns out I only updated the…

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Mailbag: Does my application need to install the .NET Framework 4 on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012?

Question: I have an application that requires the .NET Framework 4. The application supports running on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, which both include the .NET Framework 4.5 as a part of the operating system. Does my application installer still need to install the .NET Framework 4 on these operating systems even though the…

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System Update Readiness Tool is included as a part of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

Recently, while investigating an issue related to a .NET Framework hotfix installation problem, I reviewed the contents of the System Update Readiness Tool knowledge base article.  I noticed that the contents have been updated since the release of Windows 8.  Instead of needing to download and run a separate tool, the diagnostic and repair functionality…

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More information about the versions of the .NET Framework that ship with Windows 8

Since the release of Windows 8 last fall, I’ve gotten a few questions about what versions of the .NET Framework ship with Windows 8 and how to install, uninstall and repair them.  Most of this information is documented in other places, but I wanted to put together a brief summary and post some links to…

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Windows Phone SDK 8.0 now available for download

As announced earlier today on the Windows Phone Developer Blog and the Visual Studio Blog, the Windows Phone SDK 8.0 is now available for download. Here is some information to help you get started installing and using the Windows Phone SDK 8.0. Download links Web download page – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35471 Full ISO image – http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=257234 Windows…

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The XNA Framework can be used to create games that run on the Windows 8 desktop

With the release of Windows 8 and the new development platform for Windows Store applications, there has been some confusion about the level of support for games on Windows 8 that use the XNA Framework and that are built with XNA Game Studio.  I wanted to post something here to help clarify what is and…

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Updated .NET Framework setup verification tool that addresses application compatibility issues

A little while ago, I posted an updated version of the .NET Framework setup verification tool that enabled support for the .NET Framework 4.5 and Windows 8.  I used the Windows 8 Release Preview to test that version of the tool, and an application compatibility shim was added to the final version of Windows 8…

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Final versions of Windows 8, .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012 now available for download

As announced on the Windows 8 app developer blog, Somasegar’s blog and Jason Zander’s blog, the final versions of Windows 8, the .NET Framework 4.5 and Visual Studio 2012 are now available for developers to download. Here is some information to help you get started installing and using these releases. Download links Here are links…

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