Description of Windows Identity Foundation

This article provides information about Windows Identity Foundation.

Original product version:   Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2012 R2
Original KB number:   974405

Introduction

Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) is a new extension to the Microsoft .NET Framework that makes it easy for developers to enable advanced identity capabilities in the .NET Framework applications. Based on interoperable, standard protocols, Windows Identity Foundation and the claims-based identity model can be used to enable single sign-on (SSO), personalization, federation, strong authentication, identity delegation, and other identity capabilities in ASP.NET and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) applications that run on-premises or in the cloud.

System requirements

Windows Identity Foundation requires that one of the following operating systems be installed:  

  • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2008 together with Service Pack 2 (32-bit or 64-bit)

  • Windows Vista together with Service Pack 2 (32-bit or 64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2003 together with Service Pack 2 (32-bit or 64-bit)

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-bit or 64-bit) Windows Identity Foundation requires the following to be installed:

    • The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 together with Service Pack 1

Supported languages

Windows Identity Foundation is supported in the following languages:  

  • English
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Download information

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center.

Package name Supported operating system Platform Download file size
Windows6.1-KB974405-x64.msu Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 965 KB
Windows6.1-KB974405-x86.msu Windows 7 x86 858 KB
Windows6.0-KB974405-x64.msu Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 x64 969 KB
Windows6.0-KB974405-x86.msu Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 x86 861 KB
Windows5.2-KB974405-x64.exe Windows Server 2003 SP2 x64 1.2 MB
Windows5.2-KB974405-x86.exe Windows Server 2003 SP2 x86 1.2 MB

Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Download the Windows Identity Foundation packages for Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 package now.

Release Date: November 16, 2009

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help prevent any unauthorized changes to the file.

More information

For more information about technical details and white papers, go to the following Microsoft websites: https://msdn.microsoft.com/security/aa570351.aspx

https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/ee748484.aspx

Windows operating system upgrade information

If you have Windows Identity Foundation installed on Windows Server 2008 or on Windows Server 2003, Windows Identity Foundation will be automatically uninstalled when you upgrade your Windows operating system to Windows Server 2008 R2. You have to install the Windows Identity Foundation installation package for Windows Server 2008 R2 after your Windows operating system upgrade.

If you have Windows Identity Foundation installed on Windows Server 2003, Windows Identity Foundation will remain on the upgraded operating system when you upgrade your Windows operating system to Windows Server 2008. We recommend that you uninstall the Windows Identity Foundation before you upgrade your Windows operating system and then reinstall Windows Identity Foundation for Windows Server 2008. You can use the following command to silently uninstall Windows Identity Foundation on Windows Server 2003:

%windir%\\$NtUninstallKB974405$\\spuninst\\spuninst.exe /quiet

If an error occurs when you run this command, we recommend that you uninstall Windows Identity Foundation by using Programs and Features in Control Panel.

Privacy statement information

Windows Identity Foundation is covered by the following Windows Server privacy statements:

TECHNICAL REVISIONS

The following table lists significant technical revisions to this article.

Date Revisions
November 18, 2009 Original publication date
December 18, 2009 Add Windows Server 2003 support