Install .Net 2.0 on Windows 8.1

A great way to enable the .net 2.0 framework within Windows 8.1 without downloading the files from Windows Update but instead installing from local media (hard drive/DVD).

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:installationMediaDrive:\sources\sxs

Where:

  • /Online targets the operating system you’re running (instead of an offline Windows image).
  • /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 specifies that you want to enable the .NET Framework 3.5.
  • /All enables all parent features of the .NET Framework 3.5.
  • /LimitAccess prevents DISM from contacting Windows Update (this mean you do not need Internet access).
  • /Source specifies the location of the files needed to restore the feature (for example, the D:\sources\sxs directory).

Taken from this Microsoft site.

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BBC Radio 5 commentary on Bose SoundTouch

Our kitchen radio gave up just before Christmas so we decided to treat ourselves and splash out on a Bose SoundTouch 20 wireless speaker which includes Internet radio.  We preferred the Bose over the Sonos offering because the Bose has six preset buttons on the unit so you don’t have to use the app to change stations.

Don’t get me wrong this is a great unit with fantastic sound quality but there is one major downside for sports fans who listen to match commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sports Extra.  During most live commentary you receive a recorded message stating that due to licensing restrictions the programme cannot be broadcast which is highly disappointing.

Upon contacting Bose support we were told that this was due to their internet radio provider (vTuner) and “a licensing issue”.  I replied to Bose but have had nothing in reply.

I haven’t looked into the licensing further to know whether the BBC, vTuner or Bose are causing the issue but it does put a black mark against internet radio over DAB for listening to live sporting events in the UK and wish I’d known about this before spending £350 on a new sound system.