.NET: The Client Profile and Chip Specific Packages
In .NET 4 we have quite a few deployment options available for redistribution. There are basically 2 pivots. The Client/Full profiles and 32bit/32+64bit packages.
Here are the four redistributable options and their corresponding sizes.
|32bit Client Profile||28.8 MB|
|32bit Full||35.3 MB|
|32+64bit Client Profile||41 MB|
|32+64bit Full||48.1 MB|
The Client Profile is targeted to contain the parts of the .NET Framework that are used by most client applications and gives people the option to carry a little less payload if they use less of the Framework.
The 32+64bit packages are designed to give the option of installing either profile on any target machine regardless of OS architecture. On the other hand, if someone is targeting a pure 32bit customer segment, the 32bit package gives the option of reduced size with reduced breath of deployment.