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Remote uninstall of .NET versions on Windows XP Pro?

Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Our organization is preparing to go-live with a web-based application that is incompatible with .NET version 3.0 or 3.5.  Approximately 60 of our Windows XP Pro machines have both .NET 3.0 SP2 and .NET 3.5 SP1 installed.  I would like to take the 'path of least resistance' and either automate the uninstall or perform the uninstall manually from cmd line (as opposed to Add/Remove Programs). I understand 3.5 will need to uninstall prior to uninstall of 3.0.   I need to ensure a seamless and thorough uninstall of BOTH, prior to 'go-live'.  I also want to make sure they don't 'come back' through Windows Updates.  The site at the link below has some good information on how to use the msiexec /x to perform uninstall via reg key.  What is the recommened strategy or 'best practice' to do so?  (Note: I have VNC access to all machines, if remote connectivity is needed)

Also, will  Automatic Updates, which are scheduled to run weekly, download and re-install these 'unneeded' .NET versions?  Thanks very much for your expert assistance!

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