Installing .NET 3.5 on Windows Server 2023: A Step-by-Step Guide

In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of installing .NET Framework 3.5 on a Windows Server in the year 2023. Although newer versions of the .NET Framework have been released, there may still be scenarios where you need to install this specific version. We’ll provide step-by-step instructions to help you get .NET 3.5 up and running on your Windows Server.


Step 1: Accessing Server Manager

  1. Log in to your Windows Server using an account with administrative privileges.
  2. Open the “Server Manager” by clicking on the Start button and typing “Server Manager” in the search bar. Click on the appropriate search result to launch the application.

Step 2: Adding .NET Framework 3.5 Feature

  1. In the Server Manager, click on “Manage” located in the top-right corner of the window and select “Add Roles and Features.”
  2. The “Add Roles and Features Wizard” will open. Click “Next” to proceed.
  3. Select “Role-based or feature-based installation” and click “Next.”
  4. Choose the appropriate server from the server pool and click “Next.”
  5. Scroll down and locate the “Features” section. Expand “.NET Framework 3.5 Features” by clicking on the arrow next to it.
  6. Check the box next to “.NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)” and click “Next.”

Step 3: Confirming Installation

  1. On the “Features” screen, review the summary of the selected features and click “Install.”
  2. The installation process will begin. Wait for it to complete. This process may take a few minutes.
  3. Once the installation is finished, you will see a confirmation screen. Click “Close” to exit the wizard.

Step 4: Verifying Installation

  1. To verify that .NET Framework 3.5 has been successfully installed, open the Command Prompt as an administrator.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter:

    dism /online /get-features /format:table | find "NetFx3"

    This command will display the status of the .NET Framework 3.5 feature. If the installation was successful, you should see “Enabled” in the output.

In this blog post, we covered the process of installing .NET Framework 3.5 on a Windows Server in 2023. By following the step-by-step instructions, you should be able to add this specific version of the framework to your server. Keep in mind that .NET Framework 3.5 is an older version, and it’s recommended to use the latest versions whenever possible. However, in certain scenarios, such as legacy applications, this version might still be required. If you have any issues or questions, feel free to refer to the official Microsoft documentation or seek assistance from the Microsoft support team.


Installing .NET 3.5 (F.A.Q)

Why would I need to install .NET 3.5 on Windows Server in 2023?

While newer versions of .NET Framework have been released, there might be specific applications or legacy systems that require .NET 3.5 for compatibility reasons. Installing it allows you to run these applications smoothly on your Windows Server.

Can I install .NET 3.5 alongside newer versions of .NET Framework?

Yes, you can have multiple versions of .NET Framework installed on the same server. Installing .NET 3.5 does not interfere with existing versions, and you can continue to use them side by side.

Are there any prerequisites for installing .NET 3.5 on Windows Server?

Generally, the installation process for .NET 3.5 on Windows Server does not require additional prerequisites. However, ensure that you have administrative privileges and a stable internet connection, as the installation may download additional files if needed.

How can I verify if .NET 3.5 is installed correctly on my Windows Server?

To confirm the successful installation of .NET 3.5, you can open the Command Prompt as an administrator and use the command “dism /online /get-features /format:table | find “NetFx3″.” If the output displays “Enabled,” it means that .NET 3.5 is installed and enabled on your server.