Problems with SyncToy 2.1 on Windows 8

I recently tried to install SyncToy 2.1, my favorite data backup programs,  on one of my Windows 8 computers – 32 bit. I got an error message that “This setup require the .NET Framework version 2.0.50727. ” I checked and found out that Windows 8 includes .Net 4.5.

One would think that  it would be backwards compatible – but that’s wrong. You have to install a different version. To do that follow these directions.

  • Open up Control Panel
  • Click on the Turn Windows features on or off.
  • Click on the .Net Framework 3.5 – the box will be blank.
  • Click OK.
  • They will then download and install the necessary components.
  • SyncToy will now install correctly.



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9 Responses to Problems with SyncToy 2.1 on Windows 8

  1. Anonymous says:

    thank you!

  2. Will says:

    Thank you this saved me a lot of bother.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Much appreciated!

  4. Anonymous says:

    It worked!

  5. Ulrich says:

    Great advise. Microsoft should offer that advise related to Windows 8 download and synchronization. In fact, for me it needed seperate download of Netframe 2, afterwards up-date of Netframe 3.5. IN DEED THE ADVISE POSTED RELATED TO SYNCTOY; WAS GREAT

  6. Anonymous says:


  7. Anonymous says:

    after having installed synctoy, do we need to go back to control panel and check in .NET framework?

  8. Tom Terrific says:

    Probably so I had to install .net 3.5 just like this posting says.
    I’m hoping there’s a work-aorund for Windows 10 also.

  9. Anonymous says:

    works on Windows 10 too. Thank you so much

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