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Why would i need .NET Framework ?

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i have received a windows update notification - for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack.

what i want to know is, should i download this heavy update (70MB)?
why do i need .NET framework? what does it do?

thank you.

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From Wikipedia:

The Microsoft .NET Framework is a software framework that can be installed on computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems. It includes a large library of coded solutions to prevent common programming problems and a virtual machine that manages the execution of programs written specifically for the framework. The .NET Framework is a key Microsoft offering and is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform.

In short, the .NET Framework is something that many applications depend on, and you should always update it, because Microsoft constantly fixes security holes in the framework. The .NET Framework is a core component for many applications, and some will require this update. I suggest you continue with the update, as it is important.
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