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Error Code 80073712 in Windows 7

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I must admit that Windows 7 is a big step in the right direction. However there are still some minor issues becoming major ones. Like when updating stuff... Common ms, whats up with that. Retrieving mysterious error codes when trying to perform a simple update is crap. Anyway, It's not always Microsofts fault...

The very annoying error code 80073712

I recently got this error "Code 80073712" when updating some misc stuff and .Net Framework 3.5. After a couple of hours of Googling, Binging and Cursing I figured out the source of the problem. Since I'm only running Microsoft products in virtualized environments I tend to find a minified versions (those without the bloat) to gain some performance. There are quite a few of these releases, example
  • Windows XP PRO Performance (Minified version of XP ~ 250 mb)
  • Tiny7 (A Tiny version of Windows 7 ~ 650 mb)
However, it seems impossible to install and correct some removed features from these releases. Hence my solution was to reinstall or repair my installations with a full version of the windows releases.