If you need to run or install an older program on Windows 8.1, you might discover that those programs run a tad wonky because they require previous versions of Microsoft’s .NET Framework. While Windows 8.1 doesn’t enable the .NET Framework by default in 8.1, it’s easy to install both versions. That way, you’ll continue to rock your favorite software on the latest version of Windows. Here’s how.
Windows 8.1 includes .NET Framework 4.5 development platform, but you’ll need to install 3.5 or 2.0 if an older program requires a specific version.
Now you’re ready to enable MS .NET Framework 2.0 or 3.5 in Windows 8.1. Select Turn Windows features on or off.
The Windows Features screen will come up on the desktop. Tick the box next to .NET Framework 3.5 (same goes for .NET 2.0 and 3.0). Click OK.
It should only take a few seconds for .NET Framework to be installed on your system. When complete, the system will prompt you to download updates for it, as you see below.
That’s it! Now you’ll be able to install and run your older programs. Keep coming back for more Windows 8.1 tips and tricks. For aNewDomain.net and TechPageOne.com, I’m Brian Burgess.