NET Framework verification and cleanup tools for Windows 10

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 3, 2015
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Windows 10, just like previous versions of Windows, ships with versions of Microsoft's .NET Framework installed on the system by default and options to install previous versions that are not automatically installed when applications require them.

This means that you may end up with several different .NET Framework versions installed on your system to ensure backwards compatibility.

The missing frameworks are then downloaded from the Internet and installed on the system afterwards.

Sometimes, applications requiring the .NET Framework don't work even if the required version is installed on the system. Maybe it is crashing right away or throwing errors while it is running. While this may sometimes come from bugs that you cannot do anything about, it may be caused by corrupt Framework installations.

The author of the .NET Framework Setup Verification Utility and .NET Framework Cleanup Utility has updated both programs recently to make sure they are both compatible with Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system.

The verification tool checks .NET Framework versions installed on a computer to make sure they are not corrupt.

To use it simply run it after you have downloaded it to your local computer and extracted it on it. You may then select a product version, e.g. .NET Framework 4.6 from the interface, and click on the verify now button to have the program verify it for you.

net framework setup verification tool

A "product verification succeeded" message indicates that it is working fine. If you get other results, you may want to click on view log in the interface to get details about issues found during the scan.

The program itself can be used to verify installations but does not offer tools to clean them up or repair them.

That's where the author's .NET Framework Cleanup Utility comes into play. Download and extract the program to your system and run it afterwards.

net framework cleanup utility

It displays options to clear all .NET Framework versions on the operating system, or only specific ones. Not all versions may be listed by it on the other hand.

Once you have made a selection click on "cleanup now" to start the process.

The author notes that this should only be done as a last resort after other operations, new installation of the .NET Framework version or attempted repairs of it, have failed. Microsoft released a .NET Framework Repair Tool in the past but it is not compatible with Windows 8 or Windows 10.

Both programs can be downloaded from the author's website. Both tools work just as well when run on previous versions of Windows.

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  1. PhoneyVirus said on August 7, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Microsoft.NET Framework Repair Tool saved me a fews times in the past when other applications were throwing notifications .NET is required. When I’m done installing drivers a KB updates, I usually save .NET for last even though its going to take another hour, along with three or four reboots its okay.

    1. Haha said on May 16, 2018 at 4:58 pm

      move to SSD

  2. mikef90000 said on August 4, 2015 at 12:21 am

    Excellent post that reminds me why I rarely use Windows any more.
    The endless security updates for all of the various .NET frameworks consumes way, WAY too much bandwidth, so I studiously avoid anything that requires a new framework to be installed.

    1. anon1074 said on September 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Because you live in nineteenth century.

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