Unable to install .NET Framework 4.x on Windows Server Core OS


Issue:

Unable to install .NET Framework 4.x on Windows Server Core OS

 

Cause:

.NET Framework 4.6.2 installers attempt to use GUI functionality which is not available on Server Core and crash.

Here is the snippet from the event viewer:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: VSSetup
Problem Signature 01:   Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 Setup
Problem Signature 02:   4.6.01590
Problem Signature 03:   14.6.1590.0
Problem Signature 04:   1
Problem Signature 05:   unknown
Problem Signature 06:   None_UI_Interactive_Crash
Problem Signature 07:   0xc000008c
Problem Signature 08:   0
Problem Signature 09:   unknown
OS Version: 6.3.9600.2.0.0.272.7
Locale ID:  1033

 

Solution:

Pass /q parameter to the .NET Framework 4.x installer

.NET Framework 4.7    : NDP462-KB3186497-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe /q /norestart

.NET Framework 4.6.2 : NDP462-KB3151800-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe /q /norestart

.NET Framework 4.6.1 : NDP461-KB3102436-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe /q /norestart

.NET Framework 4.6    : NDP46-KB3045557-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe /q /norestart

.NET Framework 4.5.2 : NDP452-KB2901907-x86-x64-AllOS-ENU.exe /q /norestart

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