The final version of .NET Framework 4.8 was released by Microsoft on 18th of April, 2019. The default installer for this version is a web installer. Microsoft prefers its users to use the web installer, thus, the first result you searched on Google or anywhere else should usually be a web installer, making its offline installer difficult to be found. If you are looking to download .NET Framework 4.8 offline installer for Windows 10, you will find the download link attached in this post.
.NET Framework is a software development platform developed by Microsoft to run mainly on Windows OS. Any software built with .NET Framework requires the computer to have the .NET Framework of that particular version which the software was built in order to run. For example, if you want to run a software or program built with .NET Framework 4.8 (which is the latest version to date), you will need exactly the same version of .NET Framework, version 4.8, in order to run the software successfully.
.NET Framework 4.8 brings new classes in its library, new features, bug fixes and various improvements. You can read the detailed changes of .NET 4.8 on Microsoft Dev’s blog here.
.NET Framework is backward compatible. It means if you install .NET Framework 4.8, it also includes all previous versions such as 4.7.2, 4.6, 4.5, etc. If a program is written with .NET 4.7, a computer with .NET Framework 4.8 install will be able to run it.
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.8 Offline Installer Download
The default and Microsoft’s recommended installer for .NET Framework 4.8 is a web installer. It means the installer itself doesn’t contain the actual installation files. It will only download the core installation files when you run the web installer on your PC, thus, requiring internet connection. If you need to install .NET Framework 4.8 on PC that doesn’t have internet connectivity, you will need an offline installer instead.
Download .NET Framework 4.8 offline installer for Windows 10 – https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=2088631 (The setup exe weighs about 70MB).
If you are using language other than English, you will also need to download the language pack for .NET Framework 4.8. The language pack helps to display translated texts in error messages and user interface. For a list of .NET Framework 4.8 language packs (offline installer) in different languages, go to here.
How to Install .NET Framework 4.8 Offline Installer on Windows 10
Here’s a short summary of what to expect when you run the offline installer to install .NET Framework 4.8 on a Windows 10 PC.
- Run the setup you have downloaded earlier with administrator privilege.
- Upon running, it should start by first extracting the installation files before the actual setup.
- When the extraction is completed, you should see the usual license terms and agreement. Click to accept the license terms and then click Install to continue.
- The installation will begin and may take some time to complete. During the process, it may ask you to close certain opened programs that it thinks may interrupt the installation. Do so to continue the installation.
- After the installation is completed, restart your PC.