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Create a .NET application independent of .NET framework

Posted on 2006-06-09
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I have a basic VB.NET application that needs to be used by our networks users. As of now, not every user has the .NET framework installed on their machines and most users do not have permissions to install the .NET framework do to our current security policies.

Is there anyway simple or complex to compile my application further so that it is a standalone win32 app that no longer requires the .NET framework. In other works, can I bypass my application's reliance on the JIT compiler and compile into my exe the necessary components of the .NET framework.
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Technically, yes, it;s possible, and there are some products that will do that, like Remotesift's Linker (http://www.remotesoft.com/linker/), Thinstall(http://thinstall.com/solutions/net_virtual.php), and Xenocode (http://www.xenocode.com/).  

However, I seem to remember that this was strongly discouraged by Microsoft as the application would not benefit from any framework updates.  I don't know if they have an official position, though.

Here's a discussion about it:

http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?dotnet.12.226432.5
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