Enable .NetFramework 3.5 in Windows 8 without using Windows Update

Microsoft has already released Windows 8 Release Preview some time ago. It’s got some really good new stuff like the metro UI and ribbon explorer and some more…
but there was one little thing bothering me with it. .Net Framework 3.5 wasn’t installed by default. If you want it, you have to get it from windows update.

I noticed that when i was checking the new windows features dialog which can be accessed from Control panel>Programs>turn windows features on or off

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Turn Features in Windows 8

or if you’re using the metro screen, just typing the letters fea which are the first letters in windows features>settings>turn Windows features on or off as you can see in the screenshot below.

Programs and Features in Windows 8

If you tried to use that windows features dialog, it will download it from windows update. If you already have an offline installer, it won’t work. I’ve already tried that which made me look for another method to do so and finally i found one.

All you’ll need to do is to copy some files from the windows DVD and run a command and it’s done.

1 – Insert you DVD ( or mount your ISO file), go to sourcessxs inside the DVD.

Browse Windows Install Media

2 – Copy all files inside sourcessxs directory to a new folder called net35  in C: directory.

Copy .NET Files

3 – Now you need to run the command prompt as Administrator. One of my favorite tricks in windows 8. From My Computer>C: or any open folder. go to file>open command prompt>open command prompt as administrator.

Open .NET Files

4 – Now you have Command Prompt running as administrator, copy and paste the following inside the command prompt.

Dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:c:net35 /LimitAccess

hit the Enter key and make sure you get that screen when it’s done

5 – now to make sure everything is working fine, go back to the windows features dialog and .NetFramework 3.5 should be enabled by now

dot NET Framework in Windows 8
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  • fraol

    thanks men.

  • Piyush Sharma

    thanks dude worked perfectly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shaun Petzer

    Worked like a charm. Thanx

  • Rishovraj

    thanxxx for working 100%

  • Priyanka Bora

    Hi friend MY PC not working plz you slow to image http://i.imgur.com/xHcx4.png plz help me……………


    Thanks for This. This is work 100%

  • ITC

    NO >>> THERE ARE INSTALLATIONS ONLINE THAT DO NOT HAVE AN SXS FOLDER …… can anyone upload it somewhere please …

  • yet

    You are very welcome… Thanks for giving time to drop a message. We really appreciated it. Cheers 😉

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  • janailson leite

    I still have the same problem http://i.imgur.com/xHcx4.png

  • meop

    Many thanks!!!

  • Muhammed Jafaruddin Jafaruddin

    i having a problem
    error code: 87
    the sources option is not recognized in this context

  • yet

    😀 there is mate….
    Open or Extract your Windows 8 .ISO file..
    in extracted iso, there is “sources” and inside this folder there is “sxs” ….

  • Sergiu Cosciug

    There is no sxs folder on my installation DVD image 🙁 Can I find it somewhere online ?

  • yet

    We are glad it helps you and others..
    Thanks to our friend Meena 😉

  • yet

    We are glad it helps u… Thank u…

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