How to check .NET Framework version on Windows 10 and 11

Microsoft .Net Framework

The “.NET Framework” (“dot net”) in Windows 10 is a development platform that consists of programming languages, libraries, and tools for developers to create all kinds of programs for desktops, laptops, tablets, web apps, games, and more. The.NET platform is cross-platform and open-source, so it is supported not only on Windows but also on Linux and macOS. Although most users are unconcerned about the version of.NET that is installed, certain programs require specific versions in order to install and function properly.

Also, developers often have to build their apps with different versions of the development platform. This means that, depending on the situation, it can be helpful to know what version of.NET is on your PC.

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For both developers and regular users, Windows provides at least four options for verifying the.NET Framework version, including File Explorer, Registry, Command Prompt, and PowerShell.

Follow the steps in this article to find out what version of the .NET Framework is installed on your computer.

How to check .NET version using File Explorer

Follow these steps to determine your .Net Framework version on Windows 10 or 11.

Open File Explorer and navigate to the following folder path:

.Net Framework folder path

Open the folder with the latest version (e.g., v4.0.30319). Right-click any of the “.dll” files in the folder and select Properties.

.Net Framework folder path

Select the Details tab and check the “Product version” section to confirm the version of .NET (e.g., 4.8.9032.0).

.Net Framework version

The number next to “Product Version” indicates the version of .Net Framework that is currently installed on your system.

How to check .NET version using Registry

To determine the version of the .Net Framework on Windows 10 or 11, use the Registry:

Press the Windows Key + R together to open the Run box, type “regedit,” then click Ok.

Run box: Opening the registry

Navigate to the following path:

Registry Editor

Expand the main version key (e.g., v4 or v4.0) and click the Client key.

Registry Editor: .Net Framework version

To determine the release of the .NET Framework, double-click the “Version” string in the right pane.

How to check .NET version with Command Prompt

Search for Command Prompt in the Start menu and click “Run as administrator.”

Launching Command Prompt in the Start menu

Type the following command and press Enter:

 reg query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Net Framework Setup\NDP" /s 
Viewing .Net Framework version in Command prompt

To see if you have any version 4 installed, type this and press Enter:

reg query "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Net Framework Setup\NDP\v4" /s
Viewing .Net Framework version in Command prompt

When you complete the steps, the versions of .NET that are currently running on the machine will be shown.

How to check .NET version with PowerShell

Search for PowerShell in the Start menu, and then click “Run as administrator.”

Type the following command and press Enter:

Get-ChildItem 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP' -Recurse | Get-ItemProperty -Name version -EA 0 | Where { $_.PSChildName -Match '^(?!S)\p{L}'} | Select PSChildName, version
Viewing .Net Framework version in PowerShell

PowerShell will return the .NET Framework versions installed on Windows on the system.

I hope you find this post helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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