Dot Net Framework 3.5 Not Installing on Windows 8? Fix it Now!

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.net 3.5


You may face a common problem while using Windows 8. Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 is not installed with Windows 8. And several programs may ask you install this. And you can't install this from your PC. It will ask you to connect to the net and use Windows Update. 


By default Windows 8 comes with .Net Framework 4.5 and it doesn't include 3.5. When you try to install .Net 3.5 that you previously downloaded from web the you will see the following message. 



App requires .net ramework 3.5


And you will get the same message while installing some some programs that is developed using .Net 3.5 platform. And you will not able to run those programs on your PC! This is a very bad job by Microsoft. A great trouble for Windows 8 users. 


But today you will get the solution. You've install this using command line. I mean you have to use Command Prompt. And surprisingly you Windows 8 DVD includes the .Net Framework 3.5! 



Method 1 (Offline Installation using cmd):
  1. Enter your Windows 8 Installation Disk on DVD Drive.
  2. Now run Command Prompt as Administrator. (Hint: Start > Type cmd > Now right click on Command Prompt and hit on Run as Administrator from the bottom)
  3. Now copy the following command and paste it in the command prompt window. Or type the following line in command prompt. Press Enter (To paste the command in command prompt, click the right button of mouse and select paste)
  4. Now .Net Framework will be installed within few minutes. 

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:h:\sources\sxs


Remember: h is the drive letter of DVD drive. Change it with your DVD drive letter. 


Method 2 (Online Method using Windows Update): 

If you follow all the instructions of method 1 you will be able to install .net 3.5 properly. But if there is any problem for example- you don't have DVD drive, or your Windows DVD doesn't contain it then you can install it directly from Windows Update option. More or less you've to download 200 MB data from internet. 


Follow the instruction below: 
Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on or off > Mark the option .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) > OK. 

Now you will see a window like the image above. Hit on Install This Feature. And make sure you're connected to the net. That's it.  


Secret Tips: If you upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7, then you get .Net Framework 3.5 automatically enabled !!


Installing a Windows language pack on Windows 8 before installing the .NET Framework 3.5 will cause the .NET Framework 3.5 installation to fail. Install the .NET Framework 3.5 before installing any Windows language packs.


Don't forget to share this troubleshooting tips with your friends. 




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53 comments :

  1. Thanks rahaman. Today you saved me 200mb.

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    1. You're most welcome! Happy to know that Marks PC Solution helped you to fix something.

      Thanks for your feedback.

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    2. Many many thanks Dear Mr Abdur Rahaman. I tried several times and failed, now I'll try your tips.

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    3. It's a big deal to solve your problems! But don't comment before we can solve your problems.

      Make comment when you get solution! So that we can understand whether it is useful for you or not. :)

      Thanx for the comment. Stay with us to get more . . .

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    4. Maybe .net 3.5 is missing in your DVD. Please try to install this using a Full Version DVD of Windows 8.

      And read the whole post again to make sure that you are not missing something. Still you face problem then you've to try the online method. It is written at the last comment. Check this.

      Thnx for contacting us.

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  2. severely appreciate the help brother

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    1. Definitely! This is the most popular post of this blog. Thanks for the comment.

      Stay in touch . . .

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  4. Subhanallah.. It was very very very very very very helpful to me, many thanks Abdur Rahaman may Allah bless you alwayss :D

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    1. Nobody praise me like you before!
      Thanks for the comment. Stay with Marks PC Solution . . . :)

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  5. Than You Buddy....Keep it up....;)

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  6. Caused me so much problems, thanks Abdur Rahaman. Keep it up dude.

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    1. I will keep it up for sure. But need your help!

      I want you people to keep this site live :)

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  7. Thanks for the post it helped me.

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  8. is net 3.5 preinstalled in WINDOWS 8 RELEASE PREVIEW

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    1. Not at all buddy :)

      You've to manually perform this process . . .

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  9. wht is the solution of this type of error..?

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  10. plz gave me windows 8.1 preview 64bit activation key plz send me my email j.rakesh9849@gmail.com

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    1. Here is the Key of 8.1

      NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F

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  11. Thanks a lot man! I couldn't find the solution even on microsoft support :D

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  12. Microsoft Windows [Version 6.2.9200]
    (c) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /Limit
    Access /Source:I:\sources\sxs

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Image Version: 6.2.9200.16384

    Enabling feature(s)
    [==========================100.0%==========================]
    The operation completed successfully.

    C:\Windows\system32>



    ->>>>>>>>>>>Above are the steps and it completed successfully

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    1. Excellent comment dude! Stay close . . .

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  13. thanks to Abdur Rahaman its awesome

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  14. Thank you so mach for your big help bro..........it,s working good.....thanks again...

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  15. Hi,

    I am not able to activate w8 Enterprise X64. When i click on the activator it opens cmd window and closes my explorer. Then there is no sign of activation.

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    1. Actually this is about .Net Framework. You should write this on Windows 8 Activator related post.

      By the way, some of the users reported problems like you. But we never experienced such problems in our test projects. Maybe you're using any third party antivirus. Remove it first. Then try again.

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  16. hey window features .net framewok3.5 is not installing plz help

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    1. What type of error message you're getting.

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  17. Boss pls locate the correct location path from pendrive
    eg:
    pendrive name:J

    then checkout it contains the source folder>>>( j:\sources\sxs)
    then proceed as instructed
    It will work

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  18. Abdur you are good at what you do!!! Just keep doing it

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  19. Hi bro ......i cant install net frameork 3.5
    windows tells me that i have a higher version so i dont need to install.....:(

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    1. If your programs are running fine, then you don't need to install this :)

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  20. excelent work bro. it working for me. tq!!!!

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  21. This is really fantastic! WOW! thank you so much Abdur Rahaman! It really works!!! I really appreciate and thank you for this tips! :D I am so glad you have shared this! :D God bless and more power..

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  22. thank u so much.....i can play fifa14 on my pc now...my lovings

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  23. Hmm I followed every step carefully and I'm still encountering a problem. It stops at 65.8% with the error 0x800f081f and tells me that the source files could not be found.

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  24. Hey, I followed your steps using a windows 8 disk and i'm getting a error 11. How do I fix this?

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    1. Make sure you've followed the steps properly. And also read the reasons for failure. Read the comments too.

      If you fail, then install Windows 8 from different disk, or try installing .net with a new disk.

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  25. thank you so much it worked for me...

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  26. Thankyou so much i will also share this on my blog and give credits to munnamark

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  27. A very big Help Mr. Abdur Rahaman, it works.. Thank you very much sir for sharing your ideas..

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  28. How to type h comnand from drive

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    1. Actually I can't understand your question. You can contact me personally. munnamark@gmail.com

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    1. Write in details. Or chat with me via Google +

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    2. I have tried every step of every thread there is and the only close clue I get is that some "Language Pack" intefers with the availability of installing .NET 2.0.... tried for countless hours...:
      The answer with the language stamement is far down..

      http://superuser.com/questions/614398/error-0x800f0922-installing-net-3-5-on-windows-8

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    3. Re install your Windows. Which version it is?

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    4. So I cant just find the file which is not working for me and input it somehow? I'm missing Microsoft.Build.Utilities v2.0.0.0 for a Telerik...it compiles through that...8.1 Pro

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    5. The best solution is re-installing windows. After installing the Windows, install .net 3.5 immediately. Make sure Windows Disk is inserted. And don't change your language settings before installing 3.5. 64 bit windows often have this problem.

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