I downloaded "dotnetfx35" from the Microsoft web site on my Windows 7 64 bit PC. When I double clicked on this file, it said it was extracting files, but I did not see any window popping up to show that the .NET framework is being installed. Now, I see a Microsoft.NET folder in the Programs in the Programs (x86) folder on my C drive. However, I do not see MIcrosoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 in the Start>Programs menu or in the Add/REmove Programs list in the Control panel. Am I missing something? How can I verify that .net framework has in fact been successfully installed?
The .Net Framework is just that, a framework. It is not a program that you run from the Start Menu. When installed, it allows programs that were developed in the Visual Studio .Net suite to run properly.