How To install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 8

Installing .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 :

Many of you have experienced this problem while installing some applications in the Windows 8 machine i.e. it will ask for .NET Framework 3.5 for installing a particular program. Here in Windows 8 Operating system, by default it comes with the built-in .NET Framework 4.5 so we need to manually install the .NET Framework 3.5, if we are going to use particular programs which was built using the .NET Framework 3.5.

There are two ways for installing .NET Framework 3.5 in your Windows 8 machine. One is through Online and the other one is through offline. Online installation of the .NET Framework 3.5 is really easy and it takes only less time if you have high bandwidth internet connectivity.

.NET Framework 3.5 Online Installation :

Method 1 :

While Installing the application which was developed by .NET Framework 3.5, it will ask for the installation of .NET Framework 3.5 so at that time if you have internet connectivity then you can install .NET Framework 3.5 through Internet.

Method 2 :

If you want to manually install .NET Framework 3.5 then proceed to the following steps.


Goto Control panel -> Add or Remove Programs -> Turn Windows features on or off, here you can see the above window. In this you need to Click and enable .NET Framework 3.5, then it will guide you to the Online installation of the .NET Framework 3.5.

.NET Framework 3.5 Offline Installation :

Here if you wasn’t to perform a offline installation of .NET Framework 3.5, then you need to have your Windows 8 installation DVD or ISO file. Having this follow the below steps to install .NET Framework 3.5

  • As the first step Create a folder on your C Drive named NT35 (example: C:NT35)
  • Then Mount your Windows 8 ISO file or DVD in your system (you can use PowerISO or MagicISO Software)
  • Now copy the contents from folder sourcessxs (you can find this folder in Windows 8 Image file) from the Windows 8 ISO into the newly created NT35 folder.

[note]Note : Don’t copy the whole folder, only copy the contents from sxs folder[/note]

  • After copying all the file now open your command prompt with elevated privileges ( use Runas Administrator to open CMD) and then enter the below commands in the command prompt.

[box title=”Command to Run”]DISM.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:c:net35 /LimitAccess[/box]

After running this command you can see in the command prompt for the .NET Framework 3.5 to get finish in installation. After that you can use all the programs which ever is made by .NET Framework 3.5.

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