.Net Updates

January 27, 2010

.NET (pronounced DOT NET) is a basically a library of routines that a program may use. Sorry if that’s too technical. In laymen’s terms, there are some functions that a lot of different software applications might want to use. Instead of each programmer reinventing the wheel, a framework like .NET provides a standard set of functions that a software programmer can use. If a software program uses any functions from .NET, then .NET must be installed on a computer where that software is installed or that software won’t work.

There are currently 5 different versions of .NET (1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5) with 4.0 on the way. Because each of these versions of .NET is different, a program written using a specific version of .NET must have that specific version of .NET installed on any computer that software is to run on. For example, if a particular software package was written using .NET 2.0, then .NET 2.0 must be installed on any computer that wants to use that software. If a different software package was written using .NET 1.1, then .NET 1.1 must be installed on any computer that wants to run that software. You can have several versions of .NET on your computer at the same time.

Microsoft regularly releases security updates for these .NET versions. As we have told you many times before, it’s a good idea to install all of the security updates from Microsoft in order to keep your computer secure. The problem here is that Microsoft has done a very poor job with .NET updates. Updates for .NET often fail to install. And it seems to be getting worse.

You may have an update for .NET that keeps trying to install on your system over and over and keeps failing. When this happens, you basically have two options. One option is to call us and have us fix it. However, it can take 30 minutes to an hour to fix .NET problems. So the question becomes, is it worth fixing? In most cases, the answer is no. If you have software that you need to run and it requires a certain version of .NET with certain updates, then you may have no choice.

If you decide it’s not worth it to fix this on your computer, the next question is, “How do I stop the .NET update from constantly trying to install?” The answer is to hide the update. The method for hiding an update varies depending on which version of Windows you have.

How to Hide an Update in Windows XP

  1. Double-click on the yellow shield in the lower right-hand corner of the screen near where the time is displayed.

  2. Choose Custom Install and click Next.

  3. Click on the box to remove the checkmark next to the update you want to hide and click Next.

  4. XP will give you the option not to be notified about this update again. Click to put a checkmark in the box and click the button to finish.

How to Hide an Update in Vista or Windows 7

  1. Click on Start and then click on Control Panel

  2. Type “update” and then click on “Windows Update”

  3. Click on “View Available Updates”

  4. Right-click on the update you want to hide and choose “Hide Update” from the pop-up menu.

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