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Installing ASP.NET is generally straightforward. However, a few "gotchas" are worth noting if you are installing ASP.NET for the first time. For general installation instructions, follow the instructions in the download from Microsoft because they might change. The steps are well-documented in whatever their current configuration is.
The current ASP.NET download is available free from the Microsoft site at http://www.msdn.microsoft.com/netframework/. Look for the Redistributable download, not the SDK version.
You need to be using Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, or Windows XP Pro. Note that Windows XP Home Edition is not a supported configuration. You also need to have Microsoft Internet Information Server installed.
The default for Windows XP is to have Simple File Sharing enabled. This does not give you a security tab that you need to set permissions. To turn off Simple File Sharing, open My Computer (or your computer name if you have changed it) and choose Tools > Folder Options. On the View tab, in the Advanced Settings panel, uncheck the Use Simple File Sharing box. Click OK to apply the change.
You might not have the permissions set correctly to access the folder that contains your application. To set the security for the folder, you need to right-click the folder that contains your application and select Preferences. You should see a tab for Security. If you don't, your disk might be formatted in FAT32. You might need to format it as NTFS to be able to give the correct security permissions. The Windows Help system has instructions on converting a FAT32 volume to NTFS without losing your files.
Do not change the format of your drive without checking with your system administrator or help desk. If you change a FAT32 partition to NTFS, you cannot change back without reformatting the drive.
In the Security tab, you need to add two users to have access to the folder.
This creates two new accounts that need to be able to write and execute to the folders where the application is.
You also have to explicitly make the folder you will use for your application in your web root into an application.
This sets the folder in your web root to be recognized by ASP.NET as an application that can be executed.
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