Windows 8, Install .NET Framework 2.0 - 3.5 Offline

Well, I’ve failed to install .NET Framework 2.0/3.5 in Windows 8 using Program and Features in Control Panel, which I need for an older project I’ve done long ago. But I came across an easy solution which did the trick.

In Windows Command Prompt (cmd.exe) or Run dialog, enter the following command and hit Enter:

> Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /All /Source:x:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

Replace x: with path of your Windows 8 installation DVD.

  • Note: You have to run cmd.exe as Administrator in order for this to work!