When I try to uninstall the .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile, it is not being processed until I uninstall the extended framework. Why does the extended framework need to be uninstalled first?

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    This is well documented on Microsoft's website. The fact it is seems to indicate less then the ideal amount of research was done before asking this question. – Ramhound Apr 12 '13 at 15:15

MSDN explicits documents that when Uninstalling the .NET Framework 4 the extended framework must be uninstalled first. This is because the extended framework is dependent on the .NET 4.0 Client profile and removing just the client would leave it in a broken state.


Likely there is a dependency where the extended framework depends on the base .NET Framework.

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