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Working with a .Net 2.0 windows forms application. Under Redistributables have the  Installshield "Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 SP2" prerequisite checked. My questions is: under what OS conditions should this merge module (prereqisite be installed? Currently have two OS listed under Conditions tab as depicted in attached picture. This doesn't seem right and have a couple of users that, although installer installs w/o error when program starts it crashes.Installshield Prerequisite: .NET 2.0 Framework Installation Conditions
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It's right, because starting from Vista, Net framework has become part of the system, so it does not need to be installed separately.

One possible reason for your problem may be if your application expects very specific version of .Net framework and does not work with later versions. I suggest that you check article Version Compatibility in the .NET Framework
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Thank you for your reply. OK so the 2 default OS conditions are correct? This application uses .Net 2.0 Framework. I understand that .Net Framework 3.5 sp1 includes .Net Framework 2.0. Would it be better to simply include .Net Framework 3.5 sp1 and install that on all OS where needed? This would provide 2.0 clr. Are later versions of .Net Framework also including compatibility with 2.0 (for example Framework 4.0-4.5, etc.)?
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> OK so the 2 default OS conditions are correct?

Yes, because in later OS the framework is already in place.

For other questions, you will find the answer in the article I mentioned, including what to do if your application is really incompatible with later framework. If you really need only 2.0, you can install it by modifying the conditions of the prerequisite, using prerequisite editor that comes with Installshield.
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According ro the documentation for Framework 3.5, it includes 2.0 SP1, while your setup requires 2.0 SP2.

There is an article in the Knowledge Base that seems to address your situation.
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