Missing ?.NET? file in a C:\winnt\assembly "subdirectory"

  1.    06 Aug 2008 #1
    mrpetegroups Guest

    Missing ?.NET? file in a C:\winnt\assembly "subdirectory"

    Hi -

    Problem: The file below has become zero length

    Details follow ...

    I've been programming computers for a long, long time, but VB/.NET/
    etc. is not my specialty.

    I suspect that the folks who read this .NET forum are the ones who
    have a clue about what is in the GAC_MSIL "directory." That's why I've
    asked this question here.

    The file below has been wiped out (made into a zero length file). It
    happened when power went out while I was defragmenting my hard drive.
    I have backups for the other files lost, but not for this file.


    The question is what should I do to try to recover from this
    situation? I believe that the file system.deployment.dll is a .NET v2
    file, is that correct?

    The PC is running the software below:

    Windows 2000 __________ fully patched
    Microsoft Office 2000 _ fully patched
    VB6 version _ VB5 not installed
    ..NET Framework v2.0 ___ (see below, 7 "paragraphs" down)

    When I look in Windows Explorer I see the C:\WINNT\assembly directory
    and the "file" "System.Deployment" .

    When I right click on that file and look at properties I see ...
    Name: ___________________ System.Deployment
    Processor Architecture: _ MSIL
    Last Modified: __________ 4/1/2008 1:47:18 AM
    Culture: ________________ Neutral
    Version: ________________
    Public Key Token: _______ b03f5f7f11d50a3a

    When I peek in via a DOS command line I see ...

    C:\>dir \WINNT\assembly\GAC_MSIL\System.Deployment
    Volume in drive C is WD120
    Volume Serial Number is CE41-D396

    Directory of C:\WINNT\assembly\GAC_MSIL\System.Deployment

    04/01/2008 01:47a ____ <DIR> ________ .
    04/01/2008 01:47a ____ <DIR> ________ ..
    04/01/2008 01:47a _________________ 0 System.Deployment.dll
    ______________ 1 File(s) ___________ 0 bytes
    ______________ 2 Dir(s) 24,007,331,840 bytes free

    When I run ngen from the command line I get ...

    C:\>\WINNT\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\ngen /?
    Microsoft (R) CLR Native Image Generator - Version 2.0.50727.1433

    Can I get the System.Deployment.dll file from some CAB in my
    installation media? I suspect not. I believe that the file came from
    windows update.

    I notice that when I do an internet search for "System.Deployment.dll"
    that one or more different versions are available. I'm clueless about
    which one to download and then how to "appropriately" put the new file
    in place.

    Should I uninstall and then reinstall office/VB/something-else ?

    Should I install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 or 3.5
    Redistributable Package? Maybe that's a way around this sticky

    I would appreciate any suggestions that the folks here might have.

    Thank You!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2.    06 Aug 2008 #2
    mrpetegroups Guest

    Re: Missing ?.NET? file in a C:\winnt\assembly "subdirectory"

    WINDOWS 2000.

    It turns out that the Windows 2000 file below is indeed a .NET v2
    file. My main problem was figuring that out. One blog entry from a
    well known .NET Microsoftian made me think that the file might be an
    MS-SQL or MS Jet file, but that is not so.


    In short, the solution was to uninstall .NET 2 SP1, install .NET 2,
    install .NET 2 SP1.

    The not short version of the solution follows ...

    FIRST, uninstall "Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1" (that's
    the way it is listed) by using add/remove programs in control panel.
    "Because .NET 2.0 SP1 is a major upgrade which uninstalls previous
    versions of .NET 2.0, toward the end of the installation it
    [uninstalls] .NET 2.0 which is a maintenance installation." (see
    bottom for link to this web page) This means that you don't, at this
    point, have to uninstall .NET 2.0 . Don't be fooled by the fact that
    all the files are still there in the file system. The registry will
    have been cleaned of the important keys. You can check if you wish
    and you will see (if all has gone well) that the key below is gone
    from the registry.


    If, for some reason, you never installed .NET 2.0 SP1 then instead
    uninstall "Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0" via add/remove programs.

    After the uninstall completes reboot your PC.

    SECOND, install .NET Framework 2.0 ... you can get it from the URL
    below. The file name is dotnetfx.exe and it is 23 MB.


    You could probably skip this step and go right to step 3. I didn't. If
    you don't skip this step then reboot your PC at this point.

    THIRD, install .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1. The file is named
    NetFx20SP1_x86.exe. It is 24 MB and can be gotten from the URL below.
    Afterwards, I now realize that this is really .NET Framework 2.0 with
    SP1 and that step 2 probably could have been skipped.


    Reboot your PC at this point.

    I ran a windows update afterwards, but no updates were called for.

    If you have any problems with uninstalling/installing .NET see the
    URLs below. They provide some useful insights/suggestions/etc. for
    dealing with problems that arise during .NET installs/uninstalls.




      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Missing ?.NET? file in a C:\winnt\assembly "subdirectory"

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