.NET on Windows Update in Windows XP

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Here is a screenshot of Windows Update from a fully-patched Windows XP machine with a typical array of software installed (Microsoft Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, Picasa, DVD player, CD burner, photo editor, antivirus, antispyware, file-sharing, etc). Note that while the .NET Framework versions 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 are all available, they're within the "Optional Updates" section which are not automatically downloaded and installed by Windows. Once installed, service packs and security updates for a given version of .NET will appear as high priority/critical updates and be automatically installed.

.NET on Windows Update Screenshot