Microsoft.NET Framework 3.5 Offline Installer
Microsoft.NET Framework 3.5 Offline Installer was designed as an alternative to the standard online installer issued by Microsoft for Windows 8 systems.
The upper advantage that this package sports is that it does not require an Internet connection. However, the Windows 8 installation disk or the ‘sxs’ folder (if the installation media is placed on a storage device) are compulsory prerequisites.
The .NET Framework package is required often for the successful installation and runtime of many applications built on this particular platform and as such, should be present on any computer.
Windows 8 computers come with .NET Framework 4.0 / 4.5 installed by default, but if you need a different version of the framework, you will have to install it manually.
Microsoft provides download links for all of the frameworks, but an Internet connection is needed in order to deploy them. On the bright side, a special application has been developed for users who do not benefit from Internet, allowing them to install NET Framework 3.5 in offline mode.
The package comprising the application is very lightweight and easy-to-use. In order for it to achieve the purpose it was built for, you need to run it with administrative privileges and provide the Windows 8 installation disc.
Alternatively, if the Windows 8 installation files are located on a storage device, specifying the ‘sxs’ folder should suffice to facilitate the .NET Framework deployment. The installation process is recorded and logged by the application, so you can review it in detail if errors should occur.
Microsoft.NET Framework 3.5 Offline Installer is not an official Microsoft package, but it is a good alternative to the online deployment method. The fact that it runs in offline mode benefits users with slow connections or no Internet access altogether.