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Determing Your PC's Version of .NET Before Installing The DCS Consumer Loader

August 19, 2011 - The latest version of the DCS Consumer Loader software is used to program the DCS system components (Remote, TIU), Load sound files (in Proto-Sound 2.0 and 3.0 locomotives) and backup and restore the DCS Remote handheld. Among the many changes to the loader, users will need to determine what type of operating system they are running (32 Bit or 64 Bit) and what level of Microsoft's .NET framework their system is configured with before installing one of the three versions available for download.
If you are unsure whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit PC go visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/827218.
If you are unsure of which version of .NET you have installed on your computer, you should visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/318785 to learn how to check your system.
For those users that run Windows XP you will want to look at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->SOFTWARE->MICROSOFT->NET FRAMEWORK SETUP in your registry. The link doesn't show exactly where it's located on an XP PC but it will likely be in the same spot for Vista and Windows 7 as well. If you have a 64-bit PC and have .NET 3.5 or higher then you do not need to update your .NET Framework. The Loader will run on your PC.
Once you have determined which operating system you're running (32 or 64-Bit) and what level of .NET framework is installed on your computer, choose from the appropriate Consumer Loader download below.
DCS Consumer Loader Software Downloads
DCS Loader 32-Bit Version
DCS Loader 64-Bit Version w/o .NET
DCS Loader 64-Bit Version w/.NET