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Subject:	Autostar/Image Error. Microsoft .net required.
Sent:	Thursday, March 17, 2011 08:02:02
From: (
My usual laptop has gone to hospital and I have installed AutoStar Suite
on my 'old' one.

When I try to use the DSI by opening the Image menu, I get an error
report saying I need to install a version of Microsoft .net. I know this
was installed during the AutoStar installation. I am also sure this is a
known problem.

Is there anything in the site to point me in the right direction? I have
studied the menu pages but can't see what I am looking for.

All help, as usual, greatly appreciated.

Regards, Brian
Mike here: You didn't say which version of Windows you are running but check the article "AutoStar Suite & Windows 7" on the Helpful Information: Astrophotography page and the article "AutoStar Suite in Windows 2000" on the Helpful Information: AutoStar Info page.


Thanks for immediate response, as usual. Sorry, I am running XP.

I will check out the articles you have highlighted. I know this has been
a problem in the past but I am damned if I can remember the workaround.

Regards, Brian

And this:

From:	richard seymour (
Brian's issue was resolved when he posted it to the LX200GPS Yahoo group.

The problem/fix was that he needed to install a *specific version* of
.net  ("dot net"), namely:  2.0

Many applications which access "background" function libraries (such as
Java or .net) require that specific versions (matching the application's
creation date) of those libraries be installed, instead of just "the

c'est la programming vie

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