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Saturday, September 8, 2012

.Net Framework 3.5 requires alternate source path when installing on Windows Server 2012 !!

Recently , I was working on installing a new Windows Server 2012 and as soon as I tried to do .Net framework 3.5 installation with Server manager ( as below ) , I got a notification for .Net framework 3.5 installation asking for specifying alternate source path for installation package(s).

I noticed a link at the bottom “Specify an alternate source path” , upon clicking a window opened explaining the situation and allow giving of the alternate source path .

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Once the alternate source path was specified ( SxS folder at my Windows 2012 media )  installation was successfully completed . After a little bit of search for this behavior , I found that for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 .NET Framework 4.5 is default and .NET Framework 3.5 is optional which  you can read more about on MSDN .