System Upgrade - ASP.Net
Microsoft's new way to "save the world" - ASP.Net
March 13, 2003
Just install ASP.Net and everything will be better.
ASP.Net is an IIS pulg-in (extension). You just need to go to the Microsoft web site
and download it for free.
What to Install
Problem 1 - How do you get ASP.Net
"ASP.NET for Dummies" suggest using
to download ASP.Net.
Click download and there were 2 options
Both links took me to the
.NET Framework Downloads page which provided several options.
- .NET Framework Redistributable (21 MB)
- "ASP.NET and the .NET Framework ... everything necessary to build and deploy ASP.NET applications"
- .NET Framework Software Development Kit (131 MB)
- "includes everything in the Redistributable, plus" a bunch of stuff
According to the fine print, you must manually install the Framework Redistributable
before installing the Beta SDK.
(Bascially, the instructions are not particularly clear.)
- Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Software Development Kit Final Beta
- Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Redistributable Final Beta
Obviously, one of the reasons for pushing the dotNet technology is to
force everyone to upgrade their systems.
Windows 95, 98, and NT4 are reasonably stable operating systems.
(At any rate, the new ones aren't any better.)
As a result, most people have no reason to upgrade to Windows 2000 or
However, by convincing application developers to only use dotNet technology,
and by not making dotNet available on Windows 95,
people MUST upgrade their operating systems (and this usually means
buying a new faster machine) just to buy a new program.
However, I want ASP.Net and that requires XP Professional, 2000, or .Net Server.
- Windows 95 is not supported by the dotNet framework.
- Windows 98, NT4, and XP Home can not run ASP.Net.
It was actually very easy, just run dotnetfx.exe.
Several new directories were added
Only 4 registry keys were changed - Explorer Cache amd AppData folders were changed
from the Windows directory to the user's profile directory.
- Only 3 files
- C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET - 35.6 MB
- C:\WINDOWS\Registration - 1.07 MB
- C:\WINDOWS\assembly - 26.9 MB
- There are many files and directories in this (92 files, 93 folders)
... but you can't see them using Windows Explorer.
At this point, ASP.Net works.
94.8 GB free after install of framework
18,381,778,944 bytes used
94.2 GB free after install of sdk
18,681,692,160 bytes used
Apparently, the samples are written in Visual J# (whatever that is)
So I'll also have to install "Visual J# .NET Redistributable Package 1.1"
available from msdn.microsoft.com/vjsharp
Don't get me wrong, dotNet is a significant step forward verses
writing code in VisualBasic or Visual C++ with MFC.
In fact, it brings those languages up to the level of Delphi -
except the Delphi programs work on all the Windows operating systems
and dotNet programs require that you buy a new computer.
Author: Robert Clemenzi -