Are there any good reasons khổng lồ use .NET Framework 4 Client Profile instead of the full version?

I mean, real-life reasons. I am creating a .NET application, and since it"s quite easy khổng lồ create an installer that will install the .NET framework on a client machine, why bother using the Client Profile?


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The documentation answers this:

The .NET Framework 4 Client Profile is a submix of the .NET Framework 4 that is optimized for client applications. It provides functionality for most client applications, including Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Forms, Windows Communication Foundation (WCF), and ClickOnce features. This enables faster deployment & a smaller install package for applications that target the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile.

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A smaller install package could be a bonus, especially if you"re targeting non-traditional devices lượt thích tablets with less storage space. It"s also a shorter tải về time if the Framework needs khổng lồ be installed.


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Applications that target the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile typically improve sầu the deployment experience by having smaller tải về sizes & quicker install times. An application that targets the .NET Framework 4 Client Profile has a smaller redistribution package that installs the minimum mix of client assemblies on the user"s computer, without requiring the full version of the .NET Framework 4 to be present.

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A good answer can be found in Staông xã Overflow question Differences between Microsoft .NET 4.0 full Framework and Client Profile. Basically, only use the full framework if you know you need lớn. Normal client applications should only need the client framework.


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Some reasons:

being a separate profile it will be updated separately (so clients will not need lớn update as much, if a security patch for a server-only feature is released)

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