The Microsoft .Net Framework is a highly controversial software framework that makes available a large library of classes to developers which they can make use of when they code applications. The framework has been criticized for performance issues, as well as for not being cross-platform.
What's probably most confusing to end users is that there are so many .Net Framework versions out there that can be installed on the computer at the same time.
All modern versions of the Windows operating system ship with at least one version of the Microsoft .Net Framework. Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system includes the Net Framework 4.6, Windows 8.1, ships with .net Framework 4.5.1, while Windows 7 with the .net Framework 3.5.
Microsoft did not distribute the framework with Windows XP or previous versions of the Windows operating system.
All you need to do is download the program to your system, extract the archive, and run it afterwards. An installation is not required.
The program displays all versions of the Microsoft .Net Framework that are currently supported on the system. White text indicates that the version is installed, while gray that it is not installed. Service packs are also highlighted by the application.
It can sometimes be important to find out which .Net Framework version a program requires, or if a program requires .Net at all.
If you do not like .Net, then this is a way to make sure that you do not run the software on your system.
As a tech writer, I need to make sure that my readers know which .Net version a program requires. While that is often listed on the homepage of the software, it sometimes is not.
It is often difficult to find out which .NET Framework version a program requires.
Some users simply run the program to start or install it, but that may lead to some undesirable things; programs may refuse to run or you may notice that the application tries to fire off the installation of a version of the .NET Framework that is not installed on the system.
It is therefore important to know about the requirements before you start the application for the first time if you want to minimize the likelihood of issues.
If you research methods to display the required .NET Framework version of a program you will encounter lots of suggestions. Some, like opening the program in a Notepad application and searching for Framework, don't work all the time.
One of the better reliable options is to use the free program dotPeek. Intended for developers and available as a standalone program for Windows and as part of JetBrains ReSharper Ultimate, it reveals the Net Framework version when you load a NET application using the program.
Just check the Net Framework version listed after the listed modules to find out the requirement.
You need the excellent Process Explorer for that. Run the application, then the .Net application. Locate it in Process Explorer, and double-click on it.
Here you need to switch to .Net Assemblies to find the required .Net Framework version listed there.
In this case, it requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 4.0.
This method won't help you if you do not have the .Net Framework installed on your PC, as you cannot run the software in question.
Running it may however display a notification or maybe even an installation prompt to install the required .Net Framework version on the system.
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