How can I prohibit windows updates from installing Microsoft .NET 3.0 and 3.5? (I am assuming they were automatically installed since all PC's curently show in Add/REmoce Programs. Although I did not think it was part of the 'critical' automatic updates. I have managed the network for quite a while and have not manually installed either of these versions)
History: Our organization does not currently use a tool such as Microsoft SMS to manage PC updates. All are Windows XP Pro workstations configured to run windows updates at the default weekly interval.
Dilemma: A new application set to 'go-live' in two weeks does NOT work with .NET 3.0 or 3.5. I have scripted the uninstall of the application and, in testing, appears to remove both .NET's listed above. I am concerned that when Windows Updates runs next, it will automatically install the 3.0 and 3.5 versions again.
What is the best approach to keep these .NET versions off the Windows XP PRO workstations?
Thanks for your insight!