All in all, once it comes to Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 not installing, incompatibility is the leading cause. The best solution in most of the cases is to run the setup as administrator. Aside from that, you could perform SFC and DISM scans, restart services, boot into Safe Mode, re-download the setup, etc. Not exactly tech-savvy and don’t know how to carry out the solutions on your own? Then you should find this article useful.
Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 Won’t Instal: Reasons
Usually, the installation of Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 is a straightforward affair that involves little time and effort. Still, if you have a hard time installing Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0, take the following possibilities into account:
- Corruption in system files.
- Service hiccups.
- Interference from third-party software.
- Setup is damaged.
Run The setup As administrator
- Step 1: Locate the Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 setup, right-click it and pick Run as administrator.
- Step 2: Follow on-screen instructions.
- Step 3: Restart your computer after the installation finishes.
Perform SFC And DISM Scans
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type cmd and hit Run as administrator.
- Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), type the command sfc /scannow and hit Enter to perform SFC scan.
- Step 3: After the SFC scan finishes, type these commands in Command Prompt (Admin) and hit Enter following the completion of each to perform the DISM scan:
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
- DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- Step 4: Proceed to type exit and hit Enter to close Command Prompt.
- Step 5: Restart your computer, run the Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 setup and witness the result.
- Step 1: Open Command Prompt (Admin) then run the commands down below one-by-one:
- net stop wuauserv
- net stop bits
- net stop cryptsvc
- net stop msiserver
- net stop appidsvc
- net start wuauserv
- net start bits
- net start cryptsvc
- net start msiserver
- net start appidsvc
- Step 2: Run the Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 setup.
- Step 3: Determine whether the issue persists.
Boot Into Safe Mode
- Step 1: Press Windows + I to open Settings, select Update & Security then choose Recovery.
- Step 2: Hit Restart now under Advanced startup.
- Step 3: In Choose an options screen, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. Depending on the situation, you could press either 4 (F4) to boot into Safe Mode or 5 (F5) to boot into Safe Mode with Networking.
Once you reach Safe Mode, you could run the Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 setup to initiate the installation. Assuming that things proceed smoothly, the installation should end in success. Last but not least, restart your computer.
Note: Stuck in Safe Mode? Then it’s suggested that you go through the following steps:
- Step 1: Press Windows key, type msconfig and hit Enter.
- Step 2: In System Configuration, tick the Normal Startup circle, select Apply and choose OK.
- Step 3: Restart your computer.
Re-download The Setup
If none of the above works, it’s possible that the Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0 setup is the root of the problem. To be able to install Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 4.0, delete the setup on your computer, launch your web browser and re-download the setup.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the role of Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable?
In layman’s terms, Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable provides the necessary runtime components to execute games developed using Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0 on Windows. It’s not uncommon for game developers to distribute XNA Framework Redistributable runtime libraries alongside their products.
Is it safe to delete older versions of Microsoft XNA Framework?
You can remove older versions of Microsoft XNA Framework. At the moment, the latest version is Microsoft XNA Framework 4.0.
Which games use Microsoft XNA?
- Charlie Murder
- Galactic Arms Race
- Gerbil Physics
- Escape Goat
- Dust: An Elysian Tail
As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.