Download Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 Offline Installer

.NET Framework 4.6.1 was released by Microsoft recently and is available for download and installation. The release includes more than 150 bug fixes and some new features have also been included in the update. The core of this framework remains the same as of .NET Framework 4.6 release.

Let’s go through some of the new features and enhancements included in this release of .NET Framework and then head towards the direct download links to 4.6.1 offline installers .


Windows Presentation Foundation improvements

The WPF has improved with enhancements in spell check, support for per user custom dictionaries and improved touch performance as it becomes more and more integrated into Windows 10. You can read more about WPF improvements on the WPF team blog.

Cryptography security updates

Enhanced support for Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) X509 certificates. ECDSA certificates are smaller than the traditional RSA keys resulting in better performance.

Better SQL connectivity

There has been some improvement to how SQL connectivity works. Support for AlwaysOn and AlwaysEncrypted functionality for SQL connectivity has been added. You can read more about this from MSDN library here and here.

More fixes and improvements

Other fixes and improvements include the following:

  • Profiling improvements related to IcorProfilerInfo interface and introduction of Ngen PDBs
  • System.Transactions APIs now support distributed transactions with a non-MSDTC coordinator
  • Many other performance, stability, and reliability related fixes in RyuJIT, GC, WPF and WCF.

Download Links

Meanwhile, Microsoft recommends that its users install .NET Framework using the web installer, it can be installed using the full standalone installer. Both installers are free and work fine. I’m giving the download links of both the installers.

Download .NET Framework 4.6.1 full offline installer

This package is compatible with Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 SP2 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2.

There are separate installers for Windows RT.

You can also go through the .NET Framework 4.6.1 readme file for more details about the issues still present in this release.

.NET Framework 4.6.1 installation

If you are using Windows 10 with fast updates enabled, then there is no need to install this update as most probably, this update has already been installed in your system automatically by Windows Update.

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Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.


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