How to Install Net Framework 3.x or 4.x on Windows Server 2016 / 2019

Throughout this tutorial, you'll learn how to install the Net Framework Packages on a Windows Server running the 2016 edition for your Windows VPS or Dedicated Server

The process differs from a desktop Windows Edition where you are prompted to download the Net Framework Package from Microsoft. Such process wouldn't work on your Windows Edition.

To proceed, you would need to proceed with the following steps: 



1) Login to your Remote Desktop Server


2) Open or Search the Server Manager 


How to Install Net Framework on a windows server



3) Once Opened Click the Top Bar on 'Manage' and Select 'Add Role and Features'


How to Install Net Framework on a windows server



4) On the next Stage click on Next 


5) Then Leave the default Selected Option 'Role-Base or Feature Based Installation' and click on Next


6) At the next step,  you may leave the selected options default 'Select a server from the server pool' and your VPS will be highlighted by default being the localhost.


7) At the Server Role Stage, you may also click on Next. 


8) At the Features Stage Select The Net Framework 3.5 or / and Net Framework 4.6 and click on Next 


How to Install Net Framework on a windows server



9) At the next stage, you may select 'Restart the Destination server automatically if required' which will prompt the Windows server to restart upon completion in which case, you would need to save your running application data and click on Install 



That's it you have now installed Net Framework on your Windows Server. 


In order to benefit from any others version (4.7, .4.8), you would need to run the Windows updates which will prompt you to install the newest versions.

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