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How to install the vSphere 5.5 Client on Windows 8

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If you’ve tried installing the vSphere 5.5 client on Windows 8 you may have received the following error message

Error 28173.Setup failed to enable Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. Enable this feature in Windows Server Manager before installing vCenter Server.

This is because Windows 8 doesn’t enable the .NET Framework 3.5 by default and vSphere 5.5 is dependant on it.

To correct this you simply need to enable .Net 3.5 in your Windows settings. There are two ways of doing this depending on whether you have an internet connection or not.

Internet method

Offline method

Once you’ve done one of these methods you’ll then be able to run the vSphere 5.5 install as normal.

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