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Using Side-by-Side Execution

Side-by-side execution is the ability to install multiple versions of code so that an application can choose which version of the common language runtime or of a component it uses. Subsequent installations of other versions of the runtime, an application, or a component will not affect applications already installed.

This section describes side-by-side execution, how the runtime determines which version of the .NET Framework assemblies to load, and how to design software to take advantage of side-by-side execution.

In This Section

Side-by-Side Execution Overview
Describes what side-by-side execution is, why it is important, and what problem it solves.
Side-by-Side Execution Fundamentals
Describes how side-by-side execution works.
Installing Multiple Versions of the .NET Framework
Provides information on installing and using several versions of the .NET Framework.
Targeting a .NET Framework Version
Describes how to create a configuration file that an application can use to target a version of the common language runtime.
Creating Multiple Versions of an Application or Component
Provides information on how to create and deploy applications and components designed for side-by-side execution.
Determining a Servicing Strategy for Applications and Components
Discusses how to create a service model for versioned components and applications.

Related Sections

Side-by-Side Execution
Provides links to related side-by-side execution documentation.
<supportedRuntime> Element
Describes the configuration schema element that specifies which versions of the runtime are supported by an application.
Provides a conceptual overview of assemblies.
Application Domains
Provides a conceptual overview of application domains.