.NET Framework 2.0a

I’d never heard of the .NET Framework version 2.0a until the .NET Framework 3.5 installer bombed out (after 30 minutes – slow machine) with the error saying it couldn’t install because I didn’t have .NET version 2.0a installed.  Yes, there is an “a” there at the end.

WTF is this?  Must be a hotfix or something.  Googling fails me.  Interestingly, googling for the quoted phrase “.net framework 2.0a” returns results with the following punctuation embedded in it:

  • .net framework 2.0: a
  • .net framework 2.0. a



3 Responses to “.NET Framework 2.0a”

  1. 1 Brian February 21, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I received the same error and also said WTF. I do know I had a (pre-release of .net framework 3.5 installed) I tried to uninstall it and all hell broke loose. I tried those .Net uninstallers with no luck.

    Error Log is as follows:

    [02/21/08,11:13:26] Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0a: [2] Error: Installation failed for component Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0a. MSI returned error code 2
    [02/21/08,11:13:53] WapUI: [2] DepCheck indicates Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0a is not installed.

  2. 2 Nitin Jagga June 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Same issue here. It has even screwed up the .NET 2.0 installation big time as well. Now I am not able to repair/Uninstall .NET Framework 2.0 and none of the applications on my system that require .NET Framework 2.0 work.

  3. 3 Dantz July 12, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Checkout this on Aaron Stebner’s Article.
    It’s solved.


    Download the removal tools on his another article.

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