Can you make a Visual Studio 2005 app that does not require .NET to be installed?

Is it possible to compile and link an app in Visual Studio 2005 that DOES NOT require .NET to be installed on the machine that will run the app?  In other words, can you link in the .NET stuff so the program is truly "stand alone" and users would not need .NET framework installed at all?  In other IDEs in the past you usually could create "slim" EXEs which used calls in common DLLs that were needed for the program to run OR you could link everything into a single, larger EXE that could run on its own.

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dlwynneAsked:
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sirbountyCommented:
I think the framework is a core dependency, so would suspect this is not possible...
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
hi,

  I agree with sirbounty.
  AFAIK, there is no way around that requirement.

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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
All .Net languages except for C++, and only when compiled in native code, need the .Net Framework. This is because when you compile a program in .Net you create a MSIL, Microsoft Intermediate Language, file with a exe extension. When the system runs the file it then compiles it into native code using the .Net Framework and all its files.

So yes you do need it installed.
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
It is ~technically~ possible to NOT have the ENTIRE framework installed for your app to run.

There are third party tools that basically take all the .Net runtime dependencies for your app and compile them all into a STANDALONE executable.

I've never used on myself but have seen posts here on EE of others who claim to have successfully used them.

See:
http://thinstall.com/solutions/net_virtual.php
http://www.xenocode.com/Products/Postbuild/Features.aspx

There may be more tools out there...I'm not sure!
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