Windows 8 – Fix: Enable Feature .NET 3.5 Error 0x800F0906
Within Windows 8 you can add the following Windows Feature – .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) as shown below.
To enable this feature simply tick the checkbox and click OK.
When the wizard ran through it’s process I was faced with the following error:
Windows couldn’t complete the requested changes.
Windows couldn’t connect to the Internet to download necessary files. Make sure you are connected to the Internet, and press “Retry” to try again.
Error code: 0x800F0906
Using the wizard I was unable to fix this error. Therefore to fix this issue, follow the steps listed below.
- Open Windows Explorer (Windows + E)
- Mount the Windows 8 installation ISO you used to install your operating system. You can do this by right clicking on it and selecting the option Mount. UPDATE: If you have the Windows 8 Installation Disc in your optical drive, then use this instead. However, make sure you change the commands mentioned later to match your optical drive.
- Use the RUN command in administrator elevated mode. You can do this by navigating to the location c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe and right-clicking on the cmd.exe application and selecting Run as administrator.
- Once the command windows has loaded, then type the following command (Note: Match the drive letter to your appropriate drive letter for the ISO or DVD):
dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFX3 /All /Source:E:\Sources\SxS /LimitAccess
Hit enter once you have completed the command.
Below is a screenshot of what this will look like when you hit enter.
Now your Windows Feature of .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) is enabled. To verify this, open the Window Features again to see the option is now enabled.
Success! You have the Windows Feature enabled.
This blog post will also support users that wish to install Windows Essentials 2012 because the installer requires the .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) feature to be enabled. Make sure you carry out the steps mentioned earlier to install Windows Essentials 2012 on Windows 8 operating system. I use Windows Live Writer, which is a part of the Windows Essentials 2012 installer and for me to complete the installation, I had to complete the steps mentioned earlier first before running the installer.
Hope this helps!