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While enabling .NET Framework on Windows 10, if you receive "The referenced assembly is not installed on your system" error 14003/0x800736b3, fix it here.

We all know that in Windows, some apps require .NET Framework being installed, so that they could properly function. .NET Framework is an optional feature that you can enable using Turn Windows Features On or Off window. If you can’t enable .NET Framework feature from there, the alternative is this DISM method:

Steps to enable .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows 10 using DISM

However, recently on one of the Windows 10 Pro running machine, we tried to enable .NET Framework using DISM but it doesn’t worked. Following is the error which encountered in this case:

C:\Windows\system32>Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /Source:E:\sources\sxs /all /LimitAccess

Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
Version: 10.0.10240.16384

Image Version: 10.0.10240.16384

Enabling feature(s)
[==========================100.0%==========================]

An error occurred – Microsoft-Windows-NetFx3-OnDemand-Package Error: 0x800736b3

Error: 14003

The referenced assembly is not installed on your system.

The DISM log file can be found at C:\Windows\Logs\DISM\dism.log

C:\Windows\system32>_

FIX The Referenced Assembly Is Not Installed On Your System

If you’re also facing this issue while enabling .NET Framework on your machine, this article is for you. To fix this problem, try these suggestions and see if they helps:

FIX : The Referenced Assembly Is Not Installed On Your System For Windows 10

FIX 1 – Clean Up Image Components

The first way to tackle this issue is to clean up image components. This can be done by running another DISM command. Here is what you need to do:

1. Open administrative Command Prompt.

2. Type Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup and press Enter key.

FIX The Referenced Assembly Is Not Installed On Your System

Once you’re done with that, you can retry running the command to enable .NET Framework and check the status of issue. If there are no differences in situation, check FIX 2.

FIX 2 – Using DISM Restore Command

DISM is known as a potential tool to fix corrupted Windows system image. You can check, scan and restore Windows system image health using DISM commands. To fix this issue, you can run the restore command. Here’s how:

1. Open administrative Command Prompt.

2. Type Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and press Enter key.

FIX The Referenced Assembly Is Not Installed On Your System

Then again retry the command to enable .NET Framework, it must work this time:

FIX The Referenced Assembly Is Not Installed On Your System

Hope this helps!


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