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Can I delete old versions of Microsoft .NET Framework ?
Asked by Digidove13
Posted Aug 14 2012 09:46 PM
I have an old computer with a small primary hard drive. i'm getting rid of stuff i don't use or need. I see these versions of the .NET Framework: v2.0 SP2, v3.0 SP2 and v3.5 SP1. the 3.5 version is by far the smallest. Can i delete the 2.0 ? it's about identical in size to the 3.0.
Answered by JoergKrause
Posted Aug 19 2012 04:31 AM
No, you can't. Several parts of 3.0/3.5 are not being replaced by new stuff but pulled from 2.0. Removing 2.0 can broke up 3.X installations as well. Moreover, the 3.X does not come with its very own runtime but uses the 2.0 runtime.
Additionally, several applications may make use of any of the framework versions. That's fine, as the versions peacefully coexist with each other. It means, on the other hand, that an app that requires 2.0 only may not run if 4.0 is installed only.
I would try to save space elsewhere and stay with all .NET versions.