[wix-devs] v4 - which .NET Framework?

Bob Arnson bob at firegiant.com
Tue Aug 2 08:23:26 PDT 2016

My thinking was that installing any .NET Framework is so disruptive (likely requiring a reboot) that we should target as low as possible to minimize the chances we need to be disruptive and install .NET. But, when it's necessary, we should install something supported; or, from a different angle, we should never ever knowingly install an unsupported anything. 

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From: wix-devs [mailto:wix-devs-bounces at lists.wixtoolset.org] On Behalf Of Sean Hall
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Subject: [wix-devs] v4 - which .NET Framework?

This is continuing the discussion started at https://github.com/wixtoolset/wix4/pull/209.

In order to avoid upgrading someone's NETFX just for WiX, we will need to setup an InstallCondition for the .NET package.  This is because those packages have no InstallCondition by default, so even if the BA can run without going through the prereq bundle, the bundle is still going to install the package we include.

Bob said we should avoid installing anything below v4.5.2 because that's the oldest supported version.  If we're caring about what Microsoft supports, then why are we still targeting an unsupported framework?  It seems like we're basically trying to get into the position where our bundle never installs NETFX.  I think if we keep targeting .NET 4 and only include .NET 4 in our bundle, we would almost never install NETFX anyway.
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