Basic Facts about .NET Framework and Vista


Vista Guru
There are two basic facts about Microsoft .NET Framework that those who are still running Vista should be aware of:

(1) Microsoft did not end support for any version of .NET Framework in April 2017. They only stopped pushing .NET rollups to Vista systems via Windows Update after April 2017. Not surprisingly, the same .NET versions that supported Vista continue to support Server 2008 SP2, meaning that you could and should install newer .NET rollups.

(2) .NET Framework 4.5.2 is not the highest .NET version that can be used on Vista. It was only the highest .NET version that was pushed to Vista systems via Windows Update. .NET 4.6.0 officially supported Vista, while .NET 4.6.1 and even the preview version of 4.6.2 could readily be installed on Vista despite their lack of official support. There has been considerable discussion at MSFN concerning hackish methods of installing even higher .NET versions on Vista. However, for average users, there is no real reason to install a higher .NET 4.x version. There is only one program on my Vista system that requires 4.6.0, otherwise I would still be content with 4.5.2. Once a software developer breaks compatibility with Vista in one way, e.g. by requiring a .NET version that does not support Vista, there is no incentive to avoid breaking compatibility in other ways. Furthermore, installing a higher 4.x version would uninstall the 4.x version you have now, including all of its updates (but would not affect your .NET 3.5 SP2).

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