Description of Windows Identity Foundation

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INTRODUCTION

Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) is a new extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework that makes it easy for developers to enable advanced identity capabilities in the .NET Framework applications. Based on interoperable, standard protocols, Windows Identity Foundation and the claims-based identity model can be used to enable single sign on, personalization, federation, strong authentication, identity delegation, and other identity capabilities in ASP.NET and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) applications that run on-premises or in the cloud.

System requirements

Windows Identity Foundation requires that one of the following operating systems be installed:
  • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 together with Service Pack 2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Vista together with Service Pack 2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 together with Service Pack 2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows Identity Foundation requires the following to be installed:
  • The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 together with Service Pack 1

Supported languages

Windows Identity Foundation is supported in the following languages:
  • English
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Download information

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
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Package nameSupported operating systemPlatformDownload file size
Windows6.1-KB974405-x64.msuWindows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2x64 965 KB
Windows6.1-KB974405-x86.msuWindows 7x86858 KB
Windows6.0-KB974405-x64.msuWindows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2x64 969 KB
Windows6.0-KB974405-x86.msuWindows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2x86861 KB
Windows5.2-KB974405-x64.exeWindows Server 2003 SP2x641.2 MB
Windows5.2-KB974405-x86.exeWindows Server 2003 SP2x861.2 MB

Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

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Release Date: November 16, 2009

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

Windows Server 2003 SP2

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Download the Windows Identity Foundation package for Windows Server 2003 SP2 package now.

Release Date: December 18, 2009

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about technical details and white papers, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/security/aa570351.aspx

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee748484.aspx

Windows operating system upgrade information

If you have Windows Identity Foundation installed on Windows Server 2008 or on Windows Server 2003, Windows Identity Foundation will be automatically uninstalled when you upgrade your Windows operating system to Windows Server 2008 R2. You have to install the Windows Identity Foundation installation package for Windows Server 2008 R2 after your Windows operating system upgrade.

If you have Windows Identity Foundation installed on Windows Server 2003, Windows Identity Foundation will remain on the upgraded operating system when you upgrade your Windows operating system to Windows Server 2008. We recommend that you uninstall the Windows Identity Foundation before you upgrade your Windows operating system and then reinstall Windows Identity Foundation for Windows Server 2008. You can use the following command to silently uninstall Windows Identity Foundation on Windows Server 2003:
%windir%\\$NtUninstallKB974405$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe /quiet
If an error occurs when you run this command, we recommend that you uninstall Windows Identity Foundation by using Add or Remove Programs in Control Panel.

Privacy statement information

Windows Identity Foundation is covered by the following Windows Server privacy statements:

TECHNICAL REVISIONS

The following table lists significant technical revisions to this article.
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DateRevisions
November 18, 2009Original publication date
December 18, 2009Add Windows Server 2003 support

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Article ID: 974405 - Last Review: April 19, 2010 - Revision: 3.0
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  • Windows 7 Enterprise N
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Premium N
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Professional N
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Starter N
  • Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Windows 7 Ultimate N
  • Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, when used with:
    • Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V
    • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V
    • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems
    • Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V
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  • Windows Vista Service Pack 2, when used with:
    • Windows Vista Business
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    • Windows Vista Home Basic N
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  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition for Itanium-Based Systems
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard x64 Edition
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition (32-Bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition (32-Bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
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