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Can't install .NET Framework

If you came across a situation when your computer is broken and you can't install or update .NET Framework, you need to get the .NET fx Cleanup Tool.
This .NET Framework cleanup tool is designed to automatically perform a set of steps to remove selected versions of the .NET Framework from a computer.  It will remove files, directories, registry keys and values and Windows Installer product registration information for the .NET Framework.  The tool is intended primarily to return your system to a known (relatively clean) state in case you are encountering .NET Framework installation, uninstallation, repair or patching errors so that you can try to install again.
More details and download here: Aaron Stebner's WebLog : .NET Framework Cleanup Tool User's Guide
Alternate download here: Download .NET Framework Cleanup Tool 6.0.3790 - It will remove files, directories, registry keys and values and Windows Installer product registration information for the .NET Framework. - Softped…

Vista Help and Support became ugly!

If you have noticed an annoying problem with Help and Support of Windows Vista, such as the images being missing and replaced with a red cross (X) or the pages lacking style and being displayed in the default (and ugly) Times New Roman font, then you need to get a registry fix. It also fixes a more severe issue of "Internet Explorer cannot download / from help"
When you open Help and Support center in Windows Vista, one of the following problems may occur:
Red X mark appears where the images are to be displayedCSS styles are not applied to the pages in Help and SupportError Internet Explorer cannot download / from Help occursFull details and solution here: Pages in Windows Vista Help and Support are not displayed correctly

Disclaimer: Always open all downloaded REG files in Notepad and verify them for any malicious content before merging them to your Windows registry. I do not accept responsibility for broken Windows installations after application of the downloaded REG files.

Sometimes, I do agree with Mac users. Microsoft sucks.

I give up on trying to install the Windows Live Writer. It just refuses to install. After giving a variety of different errors and exhibiting a variety of different installation behaviours, it still refuses to install. And I now lost the previous version I had, because the installer uninstalled it!

I was updating all Windows Live software and trying out the Photo Gallery (which I later uninstalled). Windows Live Messenger updated successfully and is now reported to be up-to-date. But the Writer simply refuses to install. It gives errors like:
Installation failed due to unknown reason
Connectivity problems: Can't connect to Internet (even downloading the 135 MB 'Try again' installer did not work!)
Installation failed due to installation conflict: More than one instance of Windows Live installer is running (which is false, because I tried just after I restarted my computer. I even tried 'End Process' on running instances of Windows installer, which led to...Can't ac…