Archive for February, 2009

Dot Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Full Download

February 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Just try and find this anywhere on Google!!!  What a mess.

Anyway, I’ve found the correct download.  btw, dotnet35.exe is NOT the correct download.  You can install it, but then when you do a Windows Update, yet another .Net 3.5 SP 1 update will be there, just as big.

The correct full install can be found in the “Microsoft Update Catalog“.   Do a search for 951847 and all the 3.5 SP1 downloads will show up.  It’s a bit confusing because there appear to be two identical XP x86 installs.  I think they’re the same.

When you download it, you get a folder with the following files:


The largest is the full install.  The others are merely updates if you already have 2.0 or 3.5 installed.  More confusion here with the filename including “IA64_AMD64” which makes it look like a 64-bit install.  But the file names begin with “X86” so they’re not for x64.

Here’s a direct link to the catalog page:

Update: This update doesn’t seem to work either. I still get the .net 3.5 SP1 220+MB patch required w/Windows Update after installing this one. I have no idea how to properly install this patch without going through WU. 😦

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Vista – no IP from Cisco router

February 2, 2009 Leave a comment

What if your Vista computer can’t get an IP address from a non-Microsoft DHCP server?

At my client’s sites, I’ve run into an issue twice now with a Cisco T-1 line router; Vista refuses to acquire an IP address from the router’s DHCP server.

It turns out to be a modification in the operating system’s DHCP Broadcast flag setting.  It changed from XP to Vista, from being disabled to being required.

The fix is pretty simple, once you find it:

In the registry,

  • Locate and then click the following registry subkey:


    In this registry path, click the (GUID) subkey that corresponds to the network adapter that is connected to the network.

  • On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  • In the New Value #1 box, type DhcpConnEnableBcastFlagToggle, and then press ENTER.
  • Right-click DhcpConnEnableBcastFlagToggle, and then click Modify.
  • In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK.

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