The .NET Framework 4.6 Preview (Web Installer) for Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2

Applies to: Windows Vista Service Pack 2Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2Windows 7 Service Pack 1 More

This article describes the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 Preview (web installer) that is available for Windows. To obtain the .NET Framework 4.6 Preview and for more information, go to the More Information section.

About the .NET Framework 4.6 Preview


The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 Preview is a highly compatible, in-place update to the Microsoft .NET Framework 4, the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5, the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1, and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2. The web installer is a small package (less than 1 megabyte) that automatically determines and downloads only the components applicable for a particular platform. The web installer also installs the language pack that matches the language of the user’s operating system.

More Information


This update is available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

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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
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For more information about the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6 Preview, see What’s new in the .NET Framework 4.6 Preview?

Command-line options for this update

For more information about the various command-line options that are supported by this update, go to the "Command-Line Options" section of the .NET Framework Deployment Guide for Developers.

Restart requirement

You may have to restart the computer after you install this software if any affected files are being used. We recommend that you close all applications that are using the .NET Framework before you apply this update.