.Net Framework -- is this program necessary for my home computer?

I've been having troubles getting an update for .Net Framework 1.1 and was doing as an article suggested (uninstall all versions and then reinstall), which brought on new issues, etc...  But after doing some searching to find out what this program is, I'm wondering if I actually need it for Vista to function properly.  If anybody can tell me if I must have this program installed or not, I would appreciate the input!!

Thank You!
 

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Last updated March 26, 2018 Views 25,103 Applies to:
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.Net Framework is used in programming certain applications. If a program you have installed was built using a particular version of .Net Framework, such as 1.1, and you uninstall .Net Framework 1.1, that program will stop working. Printer software is commonly built using .Net Framework for example.

What is .Net Framework?
http://www.microsoft.com/NET/

So no, you don't need .Net Framework for Vista to function properly but you may need it for some of your programs to work. Since I don't know what problems you were having, I can't suggest any solutions for that.
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Hello TracieB,

 

Thank you for visiting the Microsoft Windows Vista Community site. The issue you posted is software related; and unfortunately there is no simple answer.  You will need the .Net Framework depending on the software that you are using or installing and often the software will install .Net for you and then windows will continue to update it.  So please contact the manufacturer of any software for further assistance.

I hope the information is useful.

Regards,


Anthony
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