.NET Framework cumulative?

If you use unattended deployment of operating systems and applications you notice that there are a lot of versions available of the same product.
The .NET framework is not different. There is version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0 and last 4.5.

Is it all necessary to install those when deploying, for example, Windows 7?

I did a test and installed a clean Windows 7 SP1 operating system. It comes default with version 3.5 and previous versions of the .NET framework.

But is the .NET framework 4.0 and 4.5 necessary?
Let install the .NET framework 4.5 and see what happens;





Now it is time to check if the .NET framework 4.0 is also available. I use the “.NET Framework Setup Verification Utility” for this. You can download it here.

Start the utility:




Choose the .NET framework to test:


Click Verify Now


And it has successfully found the .NET framework 4.0!



Conclusion; the .NET framework 4.5 is cumulative for 4.0.

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