Aaron Stebner’s WebLog : Automated cleanup tool to remove the .NET Framework 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5

A big thank you goes out Aaron for his automated cleanup tool to remove the .NET Framework 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5. Yesterday I found myself in “No Man’s Land”. My PC was trying to install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1(KB110806). It did not work and complained about not finding 2.0a.  The .NET Framework 2.0 that worked the day before was now toast. Live Writer and QuickBooks 2008 no longer worked since they depend on .NET. I get a little antsy when I have to resort to my backup plan to run payroll. Uninstalling .NET via the control panel did not work. It could not find the source!? Running the dotnet.exe I originally used to install .NET Framework 2.0 did not work either. So I ran Aaron’s tool to uninstall .NET Framework 2.0. After I rebooted I let Microsoft Update install a new version of .NET Framework 2.0. Live Writer and QuickBooks 2008 are working again! Yea, Aaron!

For those who are still trying to figure out what I am talking about Aaron describes his tool as:

This tool automates the manual cleanup steps for the .NET Framework 2.0 that I posted a while ago.  These steps have helped solve most of the known .NET Framework 2.0 beta uninstall issues that I know of.  In addition, the tool can be useful to return your system to a known (relatively clean) state in case you run into any .NET Framework 2.0 installation failures so that you can try to install again.