Unattended .NET Installation

We needed to do unattended .NET 3.5 SP1 installation for our project, and at the same time we wanted to reduce the hard disk image size, so, after some Internet “crawling”, we found Silent .NET Maker synthesized[a] script [that] builds custom .NET unattended, switchless, multimode installers/nLite addons, supporting all latest .NET framework versions, all its hotfixes and langpacks for win 2K/XP/2K3 x86 up to date. The thing really works, and we managed to get the size of full .NET 3.5 SP1 installer with all hotfixes down to something like 43MB (packed with 7-Zip) for 32-bit Windows XP. Not bad reduction! Aaron Stebner has also something to say about this topic.

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