January 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm #31290SupportKeymaster
When ClinicOffice v4 was originally released in 2008 it was written for version 2 of the Microsoft .NET Framework. As of 1st January 2012 we’ve made the decision to re-compile the program with the latest .NET Framework which is version 4.
Q. What does this mean?
Newer Windows computers will likely already have the .NET Framework 4 installed, in which case you will not notice any difference at all, nor do you need to do anything. If the .NET Framework 4 is NOT installed on your computer, then the ClinicOffice updater will download and install it for you automatically. The only thing to note is that the update process will take a few minutes longer than usual.
*** NOTE for Windows XP Users ***
You must make sure you have Windows XP Service Pack 3 installed as the .NET Framework 4 requires it. By far the majority of Windows XP computers will already have this installed, as Microsoft push it out via their Windows Update service. Here’s a link for more information on getting Service Pack 3 :-
Q. Is there anything I can do to prepare before updating?
To check if you have the .NET Framework 4 installed, go to your Windows Control Panel and then go to Programs and Features (or Add/Remove Programs on Windows XP). Look down the list of installed programs for “Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Client Profile”. If it’s there then you’re good to go!
If it’s NOT there then you can simply allow the ClinicOffice installer to install it for you when you update, or if you want to get a head-start, you can download and install it direct from Microsoft here :-
(Additional optional reading follows…)
Q. What are the “Client Profile” and “Extended” versions of the .NET Framework 4?
Microsoft decided to introduce 2 versions of the .NET Framework 4 :-
- – The Client Profile version (the smaller cut-down version)
– The Full version (which shows as “Client Profile” + “Extended” in the Windows Program list)
We generally recommend that the FULL version should be installed for ClinicOffice as the Report Designer requires the full version. The program will still run happily with the Client Profile, but if you try to use the Report Designer then ClinicOffice will prompt you about installing the full version of the framework.
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