Does the Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable 2008 really require .NET Framework version 3.5


I'm packaging up a .NET 2.0 based web app for deployment through a Windows Installer based package. Our app uses Report Viewer 2008 and I'm including the Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable 2008 installer. When I check the download page for Report Viewer 2008, it lists .NET 3.5 as a requirement.

Is having .Net 3.5 installed really needed Report Viewer 2008? We targeted .Net 2.0 for our app, there isn't anything in our code that would use the 3.0 or 3.5 Frameworks.

We are in the middle of testing and everything seems to be working with out 3.5, but I don't want to miss an edge condition and cause an error for a customer because he was missing a prerequisite run time package.

Best Solution

Keep in mind that MSFT might be requiring the 3.5 Framework so they can write against it in future updates/releases, which might place your app in an unsupported (by MSFT) state.

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