What is the purpose of Microsoft .NET Framework, apart from forcing you to use Windows log-on screen and a host of other irritating & unrequested administrative controls? I don't want any of the apparent modifications it makes to the XP setup on my various PCs, but "Windows Update" now lists ver 1,2 & 3 stacked up ready to be installed. Even more irritating, MS are now trying to slip it in by the back door: installed a cheapo game (Warhammer 40,000) and found that it auto-installed .NET Framework and a host of other MS utilities, including stuff that trashed my Outlook (I uninstalled the .NET to recover my XP, and found that the game can't work without it. Game binned as well...). I usually wait a few months before installing any "Windows Update" feature, as MS seem to take that long to produce a version that can be trusted not to screw things up (waited nearly a year before SP2 was modified enough to stop trashing my laptop). It seems that MS is pushing .NET harder and harder - so whats it for, and are we going to get a point where XP will not be supported unless it is installed?