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Exchange Connector FAQ: What is the .NET Framework?

The .NET Framework is a platform which runs on top of Windows 2000 SP3 and above, as well as Windows Mobile. The .NET Framework makes it easier for software developers to create secure, reliable applications and which are easy to deploy. Among other things it solves the "DLL hell" deployment problem of traditional Windows applications.

Downloading & Installing the .NET Framework

All of our applications are built for the .NET Framework 2.0 and require it to be installed in order to operate. Windows Vista and above come with the .NET Framework pre-installed by default. Most users of older versions of Windows will also have it installed, either via a service pack or Windows Update.

If you do not have the .NET Framework installed, our installation packages will display an error message preventing you from continuing until it is installed. The easiest way is to download it from Windows Update, or through the "Windows Update" icon in Control Panel if you are using Windows Vista or above.

If you prefer to download the .NET Framework without other updates (not recommended), you can download the standalone installer. For more information about the .NET Framework, see the Microsoft website.