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Monday, November 22, 2010

Bootstrapper Package | Visual Studio 2010 | Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable

After long searching & reading, I created Bootstrapper package for using prerequisites on my setup project for my dot.net 2.0 application.

First of all, there must exist the Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0 Redistributable packages installation files:
1. dotnetfx.exe - for x86 (download here)
2. NetFx64.exe - for x64 (download here)
3. NetFx64.exe - for IA64-Itanium (download here)

Let's rename the files (respectively) so they will be more readable:
1. dotnetfx_x86.exe (for x86)
2. NetFx64_x64.exe (for x64)
3. NetFx64_IA64.exe (for IA64-Itanium)

Now, we have to create new Bootstrapper Package for this cause Visual Studio 2010 not contains in its setup prerequisites the Microsoft .NET Framework Version 2.0.

First we create a folder on C:\ and then copy the finished folder to the Bootstrapper folder.

Step 1
Create a folder under C:\ and name it DotNetFx20
Inside DotNetFx20, create:
a. copy the 3 downloaded Redistributable files to it (dotnetfx_x86.exe, NetFx64_x64.exe, NetFx64_IA64.exe)
b. create an (empty) XML file named Product.xml (will be edited later)
c. create a folder named en (for english locale) and create an (empty) XML file named package.xml

Step 2
[Expand/Collapse] Edit file Product.xml:

Step 3
[Expand/Collapse] Edit file package.xml:

Step 4
Copy the folder DotNetFx20 to the Bootstrapper packages folder which is under:
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\Bootstrapper\Packages\

Step 5
That's it.. :)

Here is the whole Bootstrapper Package ready-to-use folder to download without (dotnetfx_x86.exe, NetFx64_x64.exe, NetFx64_IA64.exe) which can be downloaded from MSDN directly (links above):
download here (updated file)

Update (29.11.2010):
There was problem with the Product.xml file, so file updated and also zip file for downloading. The filenames did NOT match...



  1. thanks .... that was a good help!

  2. Awesome mi amigo. Great help!

  3. More helpfull than lots of pages of Microsoft' site. Lot of Thanks.

  4. Thank you! I adapted it do sp2 and worked like a charm!