Have you tried to install certain programs on Windows 8 and you get an error saying it needs .NET Framework 2.0? Here’s how to enable previous version of .NET so you can install and use those programs.
While using Windows 8 or Windows 10, I’ve found that many older programs won’t install or run correctly because they require previous versions of the .NET Framework. Here’s how to enable support for those versions of the .NET Framework.
Some programs will want to download an older version of the .NET Framework, but this doesn’t work. You still need to enable it.
From the Windows 8 desktop, open the power user menu and select Control Panel.
On Windows 10, hit the Windows key, type: control panel, and choose the top result.
From the Control Panel, click Programs and Features.
When the Programs and Features window comes up, click Turn Windows Features On or Off.
Then check .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) and click OK.
Next, you’ll need to download files from Windows Update.
Wait while the previous versions of the .NET Framework are downloaded and installed.
A restart might be required. I enabled previous versions of .NET on three different Windows 8 systems, and my 32-bit version needed to be restarted.
Now you can start using the programs that require the old versions of the .NET Framework.