The Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.1 Release Candidate (RC) is a highly compatible, in-place update to the Microsoft .NET Framework 4 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.
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What’s new in the .NET Framework 4.5.1 RC?
The .NET Framework 4.5.1 RC supports the writing of code in C#, Visual Basic, and F# programming languages, and includes these significant language and framework enhancements:
- Better performance and reliability
- ASP.NET application suspend and resume
- On-demand compaction of the large object heap
- 64-bit Edit and Continue
- Activity tracing and sampling
- SQL connection resiliency
- Managed return values
For more information about these and other features of the .NET Framework 4.5.1, see the .NET Framework Developer Center
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. This version of the .NET Framework runs side-by-side with the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and earlier versions, but performs an in-place update for the .NET Framework 4 and the .NET Framework 4.5.
Command-line switches for this update
For more information about the various command-line switches that are supported by this update, go to the "Command-Line options" section of the following MSDN website:
You may have to restart the computer after you install this software if any affected files are being used. We recommend that you close all applications that are using the .NET Framework before you apply this update.
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