.NET Framework Cleanup Tool 2015.12.18
Software Product Description
There are a couple of very important caveats that you should review before using this tool to remove any version of the .NET Framework from your system:
- This tool is designed as a last resort for cases where install, uninstall, repair or patch installation did not succeed for unusual reasons. It is not a substitute for the standard uninstall procedure. You should try the steps listed in this blog post before using this cleanup tool.
- This cleanup tool will delete shared files and registry keys used by other versions of the .NET Framework. If you run the cleanup tool, you will need to perform a repair/re-install for all other versions of the .NET Framework that are on your computer or they will not work correctly afterwards.
The .NET Framework cleanup tool supports removing the following products:
- .NET Framework - All Versions
- .NET Framework - All Versions (Tablet PC and Media Center)
- .NET Framework - All Versions (Windows Server 2003)
- .NET Framework - All Versions (Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008)
- .NET Framework 1.0
- .NET Framework 1.1
- .NET Framework 2.0
- .NET Framework 3.0
- .NET Framework 3.5
- .NET Framework 4
- .NET Framework 4.5
- .NET Framework 4.5.1
- .NET Framework 4.5.2
- .NET Framework 4.6
- .NET Framework 4.6.1
Not all of the above products will appear in the UI for the .NET Framework cleanup tool on every operating system. The cleanup tool contains logic so that if it is run on an OS version that includes the .NET Framework as an OS component, it will not offer the option to clean it up. This means that running the cleanup tool on Windows XP Media Center Edition or Tablet PC Edition will not offer the option to clean up the .NET Framework 1.0, running it on Windows Server 2003 will not offer the option to clean up the .NET Framework 1.1 and running it on Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 will not offer the option to clean up the .NET Framework 2.0 or the .NET Framework 3.0.
When choosing to remove any of the above versions of the .NET Framework, the cleanup tool will also remove any associated hotfixes and service packs. You do not need to run any separate steps to remove the service pack(s) for a version of the .NET Framework.
Review Date: 2011-10-24
Pros: None. Should be needed if Microsoft had a clue about their own installers and un-installers!
Cons: Does not work in all situations. Most situations actually.
Other Thoughts: Written by Microsoft...
Why do we need it in the first place?
Because Microsoft has no clue how their software works (or doesn't) anymore! They have a lot of water over their head! A bad platform can never get better. It can olny get worse!