.Net 3.5 stuck in searching for updates, alternate method won't work

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  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       #1

    .Net 3.5 stuck in searching for updates, alternate method won't work


    Hi everyone! I have browsed the corners of the internet trying to find someone with my problem, but have yet to see something exactly the same as what I am seeing.

    I am trying to install the .net 3.5 update for my Windows 10 Pro rig. I tried the usual way (enabling) with no luck: the system sits on searching for file and never goes anywhere. (I let it search overnight with no luck).

    I tried the method suggested HERE with no luck either (it sits there telling me the image version but never starts the "Enabling Features" process. I've let it sit there for 30 minutes with no success.

    I am trying to do the second step via a Windows 10 USB install, not a DVD. I didn't bother trying to create an ISO since I didn't think that would matter. In either case, I feel really stuck. Anyone have ANY ideas? I am unable to run a few legacy games because of this stupid .net 3.5 issue. It's really frustrating.
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  2. Posts : 26,338
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #2

    From Kyhi:
    Insert your setup media and run this cmd.

    Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /Source:X:\sources\sxs /all /LimitAccess

    replace x with the drive letter of your setup media
    Are you putting the drive letter where X is? cut & paste the command into notepad make the necessary change, re-cut&paste into an Admin command prompt. do not type yourself as spacing is important. I have used this method on many installs during the preview on many many installs, and it never failed.

    Just to be sure here is the command from my USB that I use(spacing and letter case is perfect):

    DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:E:\sources\sxs


    In my case E was the USB drive.
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  3. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Cliff S said:
    From Kyhi:
    Are you putting the drive letter where X is? cut & paste the command into notepad make the necessary change, re-cut&paste into an Admin command prompt. do not type yourself as spacing is important. I have used this method on many installs during the preview on many many installs, and it never failed.

    Just to be sure here is the command from my USB that I use(spacing and letter case is perfect):

    DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:E:\sources\sxs


    In my case E was the USB drive.
    Yes indeed. I did make sure the correct letter of my USB drive was entered with no space, case sensitive. No luck.
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  4. Posts : 26,338
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #4

    jeremiahburt said:
    Yes indeed. I did make sure the correct letter of my USB drive was entered with no space, case sensitive. No luck.
    Try my command.
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  5. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Cliff S said:
    Try my command.
    I did. Nothing still. I'm baffled.
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  6. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Also tried ISO


    I've also tried this method by mounting the Windows 10 Pro ISO. Same problem. Sits there telling me the image version...nothing after that.
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  7. Posts : 26,338
    Win11 Pro, Win10 Pro N, Win10 Home, Windows 8.1 Pro, Ubuntu
       #7

    jeremiahburt said:
    I did. Nothing still. I'm baffled.
    Sorry it has constantly worked for me.

    Here is a link to a thread in the Microsoft Community on the subject(where I got the command). There are different ways of activating :Net 3.5, perhaps one of the others might help you. How to instal .Net Framework 3.5 on Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #8

    You can try:
    1. Delete everything under: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
      Those are left over from Windows Updates and no longer needed.
    2. From Admin Command prompt, run:
      Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
    3. Turn on Net Framework 3.5 from programs & Features again to see if it helps.


    FYI, This problem has been going on in the previous versions of Windows. That's why I mentioned this in Windows 8 Forums that you should turn on Net Framework 3.5 right after Windows Installation to avoid conflict with third party softwares. It works every single time for me.
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  9. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Cliff S said:
    Sorry it has constantly worked for me.

    Here is a link to a thread in the Microsoft Community on the subject(where I got the command). There are different ways of activating :Net 3.5, perhaps one of the others might help you. How to instal .Net Framework 3.5 on Windows 10
    Thanks. Anyone else have any ideas? Suggestions?
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  10. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Fixed!!!


    topgundcp said:
    You can try:
    1. Delete everything under: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
      Those are left over from Windows Updates and no longer needed.
    2. From Admin Command prompt, run:
      Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
    3. Turn on Net Framework 3.5 from programs & Features again to see if it helps.


    FYI, This problem has been going on in the previous versions of Windows. That's why I mentioned this in Windows 8 Forums that you should turn on Net Framework 3.5 right after Windows Installation to avoid conflict with third party softwares. It works every single time for me.

    Okay. I got it working. Here is what I did (holds breath): I restarted windows. Yup.

    I restarted and everything finally worked. Odd.
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