How to Check Which .Net Framework Version is Installed in Your Windows?

Check .Net Framework Version Installed

If I am not wrong, you must be looking at ways to check .net framework version on your computer. Let us help you with this in an easy way.

What is Microsoft .Net Framework?

Microsoft .Net Framework, also pronounced as dot net,” is a software programming language package developed and designed especially for Windows computers by Microsoft.

.Net Framework includes a huge number of class libraries, which provides language distinctions.

If you are a software developer or a programmer then you need Microsoft .net framework installed on your Windows computer.

However, you can install the latest version of Microsoft dot net framework anytime from the official website of Microsoft. You can even install and run multiple versions of the dot net on your Windows PC.

However, the developers require .net framework to work on their tasks, but sometimes a few Windows applications do require dot net framework installed in your Windows, otherwise it comes with an error while installing or opening the Windows program or application.

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Know the .Net Framework Version Installed in your Windows

In this article, I will let you know the three (3) different methods to know which .net (dot net) framework version is installed in your operating system so you can update accordingly.

We recommend that you always install the latest version of the .net framework. Hence, explaining methods as below:

Method 1. Using Windows Command Prompt

We have two (2) different commands for you and both will work. You can use any of them to check if they are installed .net framework version.

First, you need to open the Windows Command Prompt. Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.

Then, type cmd and click on the OK button to open the command prompt.

Once the command prompt is open on your screen type or copy/paste the following command:

Command 1: dir %windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework /AD

Command 2: dir /b %windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v*

In command 1, you will see the list of versions installed with date and time instead of command 2, it gives us a list of installed versions of dot net framework only.

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Method 2. Using Windows Registry Editor

Open Registry Editor.

To open the Windows registry editor we need to open the Run dialog box as done above on method 1. Once the Run box is open, type command regedit and click the OK button then follow the path below:


Just expand “NDP” folder and you will see all the versions of .net framework installed on your PC.

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Method 3. Look at Windows Directory

Alternatively, you can locate and check the installation directory folder of the installed Microsoft dot net framework in your Windows PC. Follow the location given below:

For 64-bit OS: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64

For 32-bit OS: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework

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