I've created a Post XP SP3 Update Pack which includes all updates (to date) after Windows XP SP3 was released.
I have tested this on Windows XP Home and Professional SP3. You can either install XP SP3 from new using a slipstreamed method, or install SP3 on top of an existing installation.
Once you're running XP SP3, you can download and install my update pack which you can download here.
The pack includes:
Internet Explorer 7
Media Player 11
.NET Framework 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 (including service packs)
Adobe Flash 126.96.36.199
Adobe Shockwave 188.8.131.528
All post SP3 hotfixes (upto July 2008)
The download will extract all updates into the C:\Hotfixes directory. A command prompt window will appear informing you what's being installed. You'll be prompted to restart your computer once complete.
After you've restarted your computer, navigate to C:\Hotfixes\IE Update and run the update manually. Once complete, you can safely delete the C:\Hotfixes directory.
Any feedback would be much appreciated. Although I could of included .NET Framework 3.5, this itself is 200MB in size. And I don't know of any applications yet which require .NET Framework 3.5.
If you're wondering why I've included Adobe Flash and Adobe Shockwave, it's because XP SP3 comes complete with a vulnerable version of Flash. I included Shockwave because it's a commonly used Plugin too.
Last edited by Michael; 13th August 2008 at 12:58 PM.
I'll have a look at that cheers.
I was under the impression that .NET 3.5 includes 2.0 and 3.0 which is why it's so big.
I thought it only included .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 and 3.0 SP1, but you need .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 installed already.
You could be right i haven't installed it yet.
This is a really good idea, but how did you get Microsoft's permission to re-distribute their software? I thought that they always wanted people to download from their website?
Well I'm making no money from this, I created it myself and use it all the time, so thought you guys would find it useful
I did a bit of research on this, yet I still couldn't find a definite answer! I eventually downloaded .NET Framework 3.5 and extracted it using WinRAR. It only includes .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 msp and msi files, so it does appear to be .NET Framework 2.0 SP1 and .NET Framework 3.0 SP1.You could be right i haven't installed it yet.
The reason .NET Framework 3.5 is so massive, is because not only does it include the above service packs, but it includes both x64 and x86 files. Why Microsoft don't make these seperate like every other download I am unsure!? To add even more complication, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is on the horizon too. It also appears that Visual Studio 2008 makes use of .NET Framework 3.5, so there's no immediate rush to install it as I do not use it.
All I can say is, what a mess Microsoft! They should just keep each version seperate in my opinion.
I will create a pack that it includes .NET Framework 3.5 too, probably next month when the July hotfixes are released. It's easy enough to install silently:
Code:dotnetfx35.exe /quiet /passive /norestart
As you say it's not very clear and to make it even more difficult .net 2.0 SP1 is almost exactly the same size as the full version. I do remember reading on an MS blog that 3.5 contains the full versions of 2 and 3 if i find the blog i'll post it. 3.5 also contains lots of extra Vista specific jazz (Windows Presentation Foundation) to help it grow ever larger.
Last edited by cookie_monster; 29th June 2008 at 01:47 PM.
Yeah that'd be good if you could. In the package I've created .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 with service packs comes to 98MB. If .NET Framework 3.5 does include .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0 + SP1, then it would only add a measly 100MB extra to the overall size of the package.I do remember reading on an MS blog that 3.5 contains the full versions of 2 and 3 if i find the blog i'll post it.
This isn't the exact blog that i remember reading (the other one was technet) but i think it answers our question.
.NET 3.5 Framework Distribution Size - Rick Strahl's Web Log
Last edited by cookie_monster; 29th June 2008 at 02:08 PM.
Michael (29th June 2008)
I'm proabbly getting it confused, but wouldn't the .Net Framework 3.5 compact redistributable do the job.
It comes in msi format as well so its easy to deploy. My guess is that this is only for testing apps?
Brilliant, thanks for that. It is .NET Framework 2.0 with SP1 and .NET Framework 3.0 with SP1 after all.Found it
I think I'll strip out .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0, but leave 1.1. .NET Framework 3.5 should be all I need then.
I could use this in theory, but I'm put off by the fact it's compact. Only the essential components are there but not all. I'm not a .NET Framework expert, so I don't know what exactly the differences are between the two packages. All I can say is that there's a size difference for a reason!I'm proabbly getting it confused, but wouldn't the .Net Framework 3.5 compact redistributable do the job.
"Compact" is for mobile devices.
I found this too: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service pack 1 Beta
It includes .NET Framework 2.0 + SP2, .NET Framework 3.0 + SP2 as well as .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and weighs in at 230MB. I don't know whether to hold out for this, because as I mentioned before, there is no real urgency for .NET Framework 3.5. What do you think?
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