Install DotNet 2.0 on Windows 10

Windows 10 no longer ships with the Microsoft DotNet Framework version 2.0 installed.  There are still many popular IT tools like Bozteck VENM Remote Desktop Manager that rely upon .Net 2.0 in order to support older operating systems.  This article will show you how to install DotNet 2.0 on windows 10.

In order to get these programs to run properly in Windows 10 and Server 2012 r2, you will need to add the framework using the “Add features” control panel applet.

How to Install DotNet 2.0 – Step by Step

Step 1 – Open the Control Panel and click or tap on Programs

Install Microsoft DotNet 2.0

Step 2 – click or tap on “Turn Windows Features On or Off

Install Microsoft DotNet 2.0


Step 3 – Check the box for .Net Framework 3.5 (includes 2.0 and 3.0)


Step 4 – Choose Ok and wait for the feature to install.

Alternatively, you can install using the command line:

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All

Install DotNet DISM

  • Chris Holt

    We’ve tried this and got an error code: 0x800f081f any ideas?

    • Which method returned the error? (GUI or command line)

      • Chris Holt

        Command line.

  • Sounds like the sources are broken or stored someplace else. You could possibly fix it with:

    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:E:sourcesInstall.wim:1 /LimitAccess

    Make sure that your Windows 10 ISO is mounted on E before running.