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Microsoft has adopted a standardized naming schema for all
software update packages for Visual Studio .NET, the .NET Framework, and the
Visual J# Redistributable that Microsoft creates and distributes. The new
naming schema will go into effect for all software update packages in May,
update is an executable (.exe) file that contains one
or more files that you can apply to Visual Studio .NET or the .NET Framework to
correct a specific problem. Microsoft Product Support Services (PSS)
software update packages to customers who are severely affected by a specific
problem. Publicly available updates are software update packages that Microsoft
recommends for all customers. You can obtain these updates from the Microsoft
Download Center, or from other Microsoft Web sites.
adopted the new naming schema for software update packages for the following
- It creates consistency across Microsoft software update
- It improves the ability to search for software update
packages and Microsoft Knowledge Base articles.
- It clearly notes the language of a software update package
and the intended program when applicable.
This article contains additional information about the new
standardized naming schema for software update packages.
New Schema for Naming Software Update Packages
Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, the .NET Framework, and Visual J#
Redistributable software update packages are named by using the following
The following are examples of this schema:
The following list provides information about each attribute in
the new naming schema:
This attribute includes the full product name, including the
product version information. For Visual Studio .NET, .NET Framework, and Visual
J# .NET Redistributable software update packages, this attribute will be one of
the following, respectively:
- VS7.0 - Visual Studio .NET 2002 (all versions)
- VS7.1 - Visual Studio .NET 2003 (all versions)
- NDP1.0 - .NET Framework 1.0
- NDP1.1 - .NET Framework 1.1
- JSR1.0 - Visual J# Redistributable 1.0
- JSR1.1 - Visual J# Redistributable 1.1
This attribute indicates that an article exists in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base. This attribute includes the ID number of the article
that is associated with the software update package.
- Option (Optional attribute)
This attribute differentiates between
software update packages that address the same issue but are designed for
different processors. These options include:
- x86 (for 32-bit processors)
- AMD64 (for x86-64bit AMD processors)
- IA64 (for 64-bit Intel processors)
This attribute uses the standard language name abbreviation
that represents the product language version that the software update package
is intended for. For example, ENU (for English), RUS (for Russian), and JPN (for Japanese).
Note The abbreviation INTL is used if the software update package applies to multiple
language versions. If the update package applies to all language versions, no
standard language name abbreviation is used.