How to remove/uninstall .NET Framework 4.7 from Windows Server 2012 R2

I tried to install .NET Framework 4.7 in my test environment but some of my applications were not working properly anymore. The first step I did was to look in Programs and Features, but the “Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7” was not there. Then I searched on the Internet on how to remove it, but I couldn’t find a proper solution for my case. For non-server Windows OS, there is one, and it says that you can uninstall it from Programs and Features. But since I’m using Windows Server, that’s not applicable.

Then I started searching on my own. I clicked the “View installed updates” in Programs and Features and searched for the latest Windows update that was installed. I tried to uninstall KB3186539. Luckily, it was the .NET Framework 4.7! My applications are now working properly.

Note: If you are using a different version of Windows, the KB number might be different.

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8 thoughts on “How to remove/uninstall .NET Framework 4.7 from Windows Server 2012 R2

    • The applications that were programmed with earlier versions of .NET Framework may have issues with the later versions. This incompatibility happens always, so software manufacturers may or may not revise their code to support the latest .NET Framework versions.

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