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Posted on 2002-05-21
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I am going to develop a program by using VB. After the program is built up, it will be distributed through the Internet. Therefore, I want to keep the size of the whole installation program as SMALL as possible.

As I know, programs developed by VB.NET need .NET Framework installed on the users' computer.

Do you know that how many percentage of normal users have already installed .NET framework now ? Any statistics ?

Any comment for my situation ?


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by:Éric Moreau
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I would not distribute the framework as part of my setup. The framework already appeared into Windows Update so I supposed that many already have it. Also, if you want to keep your package small, why would you add a 20 meg file into it?

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yes, I know that. but I think that not so many users got .NET framework installed till now.
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by:Éric Moreau
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As a user I would prefer having a procedure that tells me how to download and install the framework than having to download it if I already have it.

Another suggestion is to build to package: one with and another one without the Framework.
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so Do you know that how many percentage of normal users have already installed .NET framework now ?
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Éric Moreau earned 400 total points
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I haven't seen any statistics on this. In a near future, the Framework will be part of the OS (I heard that maybe the next SP of XP will have it).

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The overall percentage is probably pretty small at this point.  It isn't included with Windows yet and not that many users keep up with the updates.

The actual percentage probably depends a lot on your target users.  If they are software developers then the percentage might be pretty high.  If they are insurance agents the percentage is probably near zero.
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Thanks for returning and finalizing this.
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