NET Framework 4.6.2 released

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 3, 2016

Microsoft released the .NET Framework 4.6.2 yesterday for most supported versions of Microsoft Windows featuring "dozens of bug fixes and improvements".

Microsoft ships version 4.6.2 of the NET Framework with Windows 10's Anniversary Update meaning that it does not need to be installed separately on systems running the latest version of Windows 10.

Web and offline downloads are provided for all other supported operating systems. As far as support is concerned, it may come as a surprise that Windows Vista is not supported even though it is still supported by Microsoft.

Supported are Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 on the client side, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 on the server side of things.

What's new

Microsoft published a big blog post that highlights new features and changes in the new version of the .NET Framework.

Probably the biggest feature from a user perspective is that Microsoft did away with the 260 character file name length limit.

Any program created with .NET Framwork 4.6.2 (or later) supports long paths so that the dreaded error messages that a file cannot be created, deleted, moved, or renamed is gone for good.

The new version ships with a couple of other improvements that end users will benefit from. It supports per-monitor DPI support now, does not support SSL3 anymore by default for establishing secure connections, and support for TLS 1.1 and 1.2 was added to ClickOnce.

Developers who want even more information may want to check out the full change log on Github.

NET Framework 4.6.2 downloads

Follow one of the links listed below to download the .NET Framework 4.6.2 web installer or offline installer. Both lead to Microsoft's website where the latest version can be downloaded.

Make sure you select the right language before you hit the download button. Note that the new version will replace the .NET Framework 4, 4.5, 4.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, and 4.6.1 if installed on the system

The offline installer has a size of roughly 60 Megabyte.

Find out which version is installed

net framework version

Do the following to find out which version of the .NET Framework is installed on a computer:

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type regedit.exe and hit enter.
  2. Confirm the UAC prompt.
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\NET Framework Setup\NDP\v4\Full

The Release parameter on the right indicates the version:

  • 378389 - .NET Framework 4.5
  • 378675 - .NET Framework 4.5.1 (server)
  • 378758 - .NET Framework 4.5.2 (client)
  • 379893 - .NET Framework 4.5.2
  • 393295 - .NET Framework 4.6 (Windows 10)
  • 393297 - .NET Framework 4.6 (all other Windows versions)
  • 394254 - .NET Framework 4.6.1 (Windows 10)
  • 394271 - .NET Framework 4.6.1 (all other Windows versions)
  • 394802 - .NET Framework 4.6.2 (Windows 10 Anniversary Update)
  • 394806 - .NET Framework 4.6.2 (all other Windows versions)
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  1. stevie ppk said on November 3, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Hi, Guys.

    Just to say, I love ghacks and the vast majority of the contributors that supply us a better insight into the realm of computer related issues.

    Does anyone have the NET 4.6.2 in english with all the telemetry and crapware removed as a download please ?

  2. yapadkoi said on August 4, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    @Phylis Sophical
    For my pleasure or “il n’y a pas de quoi” (yapadkoi) in French :)

    To stop mscorsvw.exe running in background, you can turn the service (Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN) in manual, for telemetry Spybot Anti-Beacon. Maybe more to do but i don’t know what personally :)

    1. George P. Burdell said on August 5, 2016 at 12:45 am

      Regarding “il n’y a pas de quoi” (yapadkoi), that’s a clever excerpt of a common French phrase turned into a uniquer than average nom de plume. Before today’s explanation, I guessed that “yapadkoi” was derived from an English phrase spelled in reverse order, “I OK da pay”, which is to say “I authorize the business expenses”.

  3. chesscanoe said on August 4, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Microsoft has a writeup on this which helped me for Anniversary Edition .
    Then I read Martin’s clear explanation – thanks!

  4. Phylis Sophical said on August 4, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Just found out that Revo Uninstaller lists your net framework version too.

    1. chesscanoe said on August 7, 2016 at 5:43 am

      I just installed Revo Uninstaller Pro trial, and when I export a handy List of Installed Programs, I don’t see Net Framework listed. What am I missing?

  5. hirobo2 said on August 4, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I no longer trust .NET after version 4.5. How do we know the newer ones don’t come with built-in telemetry functions to spy on users who aren’t on Win10? After all, the .NET runtime runs silently in the background all the time…

  6. Phylis Sophical said on August 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    yapadkoi , that little asoft utility work great. Thxs.

  7. Dukislav said on August 4, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Slimed and repacked:

  8. yapadkoi said on August 3, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the infos. Personally to know what versions and related updates are installed I use this small tool:

  9. Zoey Barkow said on August 3, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    yep, just like the Costa Concordia. always showing off but never listening to your passengers.

    1. 420 said on August 4, 2016 at 9:59 am

      omfg that is it in a nutsack, rofl you nailed it. Thank you sir you made a smile in an otherwise mundane shitstorm

  10. Captain Smith said on August 3, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    60 MB of what? C’mon, MS is just a sinking ship.

  11. Jinn said on August 3, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Good news indeed. If you download websites, some files are with ridiculously long file names. Windows can download these files, but can’t rename or delete, leaving garbage on system.

    1. problem said on August 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      actually rename and delete will work, the problem is when copying/moving the file. .
      when copying/moving file, the program copy the path so the length will be doubled.
      sometimes I need to rename a file when I want to move it.

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