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TN WW114 Finding the installed version of .NET

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Description

Determine what version of .NET is installed on a PC.

 

  • Author: Dillon Perera
  • Published: 05/29/2015
  • Applies to: Microsoft Windows

 

 

Details

There are a few methods that can be used:

Method 1:

Add or Remove Programs / Programs and Features: You can check if Microsoft .NET x.y is listed as installed.

 

Method 2:

Check the Harddrive: c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework and Framework64 (if 64bit).  In here there will be folders listed for any .NET versions installed.

 

Method 3:

Windows Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP will show folders for each version between .NET v1 and .NET v4.
For .NET v4.5 and higher look in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full.  There will be a DWord called "Release" that will hold the version number.  You can google this version number to get what it means in english.

 

Method 4:

Last option is to download a tool to do this, like .NET Version Checker.  The following website can be used as one option: http://www.hanselman.com/smallestdotnet/