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I downloaded the web installer here but when trying to install it just fails:

Setup could not install the following component: Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Or is it true that VCE2010 can only be installed on 64 bit os?

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Although it didn't work for you, using the ISO images worked for me. You can download the 2010 ISOs from MSDN, and run them with Daemon Tools Lite.

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Do you have an internet connection on this computer? I Guess the Webinstallation reloads some files during installation process. You could try to download and install .NET Framework 4 manually here, but I assume that there will be more than .NET missing.

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Or is it true that VCE2010 can only be installed on 64 bit os?

No, It isn't true. I installed both Visual C# 2010 Express, and Visual C++ 2010 Express on a Windows-7 32-bit netbook.
.NET Framework 4.0 supports Windows XP SP3, on both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures; its prerequisites (Windows Installer 3.1, and Internet Explorer 5.01) should be fulfilled by Windows XP SP3.

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I'm now trying to download the iso image , no other way if still not working.. –  ApacheNoSkype Aug 24 '10 at 2:13
    
Failed again... –  ApacheNoSkype Aug 24 '10 at 6:07
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