I don't want to get into too much technical debate with Geeks - but do I
need Microsoft .NET Framework?
I have been offered an update at 248 Mb. I wonder if I can strip it off as I
don't see what benefit I get from it.
If you're running a stripped down system, and you've got no software which
uses it, then no. OTOH it's the MS way of developing stuff, so more stuff
will be using it. 248M is quite a lot, but think of it as a big shared
component rather than a standalone thing.
Microsoft have some nice freebies that need .Net Framework installed before
you can use them - an example being "Image Composite Editor" which allows
you to stitch photos together to make panoramas.
Scrap that thought. Great way for someone to trash their computer if
done incorrectly. :-(
For example, I've got graphics drivers (ATI) which use it. Remove .NET,
and then it's a very involved mess to recover from.
Yes, it's for the pretty GUI. Whether the driver package remains stable
after yanking out .NET that supports the GUI, given ATI's known history
of writing good graphics driver packages (not!) is still something I
wouldn't like to recommend as a casual experiment.
Remove the ATI drivers. Remove .NET and maybe Microsoft has some generic
ATI accelerated drivers that might suffice.
Or glorious VGA 16-color mode ;-)
Better to bite the bullet because more and more Microsoft, and other
software houses, use it and if you don't you may find something you want
will stop. The problem can be that the error messages do not make it
apparent what the reason is. I know it can be a pain but better to have it
when you can choose than have to get it in a panic!
I succumbed and installed xp sp3 some months back, after which my puter
did'nt recognise my camera.
I've re-imaged back to sp2.
Presumably there will be no more updates for sp2 and virus's will wreak
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