- The complete Catalyst software suite is 146.5 MB for version 13.1 which is the current version from 1/17/2013.
- The .NET Framework 4.5 standalone installer for Windows Vista, 7 and 8 is between 20 MB and 40 MB, depending on if you get the 32-bit or 64-bit version.
I see no problem with including it in the Catalyst package. That would make the package 190 MB at most. It is only a suggestion. Is someone insulted by this? What horse? If so, then I appologize if anyone took this as an insult.
I understand that this is part of Windows, but it's up to the developer to make sure their users have the dependencies needed to run the software. The least they can do is ship the dependencies with the software. This is not a responsability of Microsoft to do it for them, through Windows Update or other means.
I was wrong about Windows XP and .NET Framework. It was not delievered with the first release of Windows XP. It came as an option with release of Windows XP SP1, and that was only version 1.0. Windows XP SP3 added some security updates to .NET Framework. The first version was never distributed with any version of Windows.
Windows Vista was distributed with .NET Framework 3.0 and Windows 7 was distributed with version 3.5. The new Windows 8 is distributed with version 4.5.
Here's a complete overview of .NET Framework versions and dependencies:
According to the release notes for Catalyst 13.1 it requires .NET Framework SP1, but it doesn't say what version.
"The AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center requires that the Microsoft® .NET Framework SP1 be installed for Windows Vista. Without .NET SP1 installed, the AMD Catalyst Control Center / AMD Vision Engine Control Center will not launch properly and the user will see an error message."
The release notes actually mention the error messages I have been seeing. I should say that I am using Windows Vista. But I know I have .NET Framework 3.5 installed. It came as a Windows Update (update).
I currently don't have any problems with Catalyst (except for some odd graphics problems that don't belong in this thread anyway). But for the ease of use I suggest that AMD starts packaging the necessary .NET Framework version with Catalyst, as the graphics driver is one of three first things you would install on a new computer or when you do a clean install of Windows. A 190 MB download is not a problem for most of Internet users today.