Recovering .NET after 2.0SP1 Install Hangs

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Daiwa

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I kept having problems with the .NET 2.0 SP1 update hanging immediately after the install initialized (using Windows Update) - would sit there for an hour or more & do nothing. I repeatedly rebooted & attempted the install, each time with the same result, it would just hang immediately after initialization. This was over a number of days, BTW. On XPP.

I decided to try to uninstall 2.0 and reinstall it, but got a message saying that the SP1 install was currently 'suspended', do I want to uninstall anyway? I said 'Yes' & let it uninstall. Now I can't get the 2.0 distributable to install - I get a message saying that 2.0 is incompatible with a previously installed version. The MSKB article on this error (support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q312/5/00.asp) says to simply uninstall 2.0 SP1 before attempting to install 2.0. Problem is, Windows doesn't see SP1 as installed, just 'suspended' and SP1 does not appear in Add/Remove Programs so no obvious way to uninstall SP1 I can see.

I have the same problem with the .NET 2.0 SP1 update hanging using Windows Update on another XP MCE rig but have not resorted to uninstalling anything there.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 
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