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Setting Up the .NET Framework SDK

After you click the .NET Framework Full SDK link, a dialog box pops up with an end-user license agreement (see Figure 2).

As with any legal agreement, read it carefully, as there are restrictions on what you can and can't do with the code you're about to download. If you accept all the terms of the license agreement, click Yes to display a File Download dialog box (see Figure 3).

Figure 2 End-user license agreement.

Figure 3 File Download dialog box.

Select the radio button labeled Run this program from its current location, and click OK to begin the download. A progress dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4 Displaying the download progress.

Be prepared to wait a long time, even if you have a fast connection. We have a DSL connection, and it still took close to _ hour to download. If you have a modem, we suggest you start it before you go to bed and continue when you wake up the next morning. After all 127 megabytes are downloaded, a security warning dialog box pops up, identifying Microsoft as the owner of the software, and asking whether you want to install the software (see Figure 5).

To continue, click Yes. But you get another chance to change your mind: Redundantly, another dialog box asks whether you want to install the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK (see Figure 6). Click Yes again.

Figure 5 Security warning.

Figure 6 Install dialog box.

Once again, you'll have to wait a while as the setup program extracts the various files needed for the .NET Framework SDK. A progress dialog box keeps track of the extraction progress (see Figure 7).

Figure 7 Install progress dialog box.

Keep in mind that you're not installing the .NET Framework SDK at this point; you're simply extracting the files so that the installation process can proceed! After the setup program has extracted all the necessary files, yet another dialog box pops up (see Figure 8). If you're really really sure that you want to install the SDK—we did warn you, remember—click Yes, and off you go.

Figure 8 Yet another confirmation required.

Now the real installation begins. The setup dialog box for the .NET Framework SDK appears (see Figure 9). Click Next to start the installation. This brings up yet another license agreement (see Figure 10).

Figure 9 Starting the installation.

Figure 10 Here's the real SDK license agreement.

If you accept the terms of the agreement, click the radio button labeled I accept the agreement, and then click Next. The next dialog box gives you the option of installing two different components of the SDK, and both components are initially selected (see Figure 11).

Figure 11 Selecting the install options.

If you're short on space, you can deselect the SDK Samples check box. Otherwise, leave both check boxes selected and click Next to display the dialog box shown in Figure 12. Here you can specify where you want to store the SDK and sample files. Unless drive C: is full, leave the destination folder as is and click Next.

Figure 12 Specifying the destination folder.

Finally, the real installation begins! A dialog box charts the progress of the installation (see Figure 13). After a considerable amount of time, you should get a success message (see Figure 14).

Figure 13 Installing components.

Figure 14 Successful installation dialog box.

Click OK. In standard Microsoft fashion after production installation, a message tells you that you need to restart your computer to complete the installation (see Figure 15). Click Yes to proceed. After your system restarts (and you log on, if necessary), the Microsoft .NET Framework SDK will be installed.

Figure 15 Successful installation leads to this dialog box.

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