The “.NET Framework” (“dot net”) on Windows 11 is a development platform consisting of languages, libraries, and tools for programmers to build a wide variety of desktop, laptop, tablet, web, game, and other applications.
Due to its open-source and cross-platform nature, the.NET framework is not restricted to the Windows operating system; it is also compatible with macOS and Linux.
While most Windows 11 users probably won’t ever check the version of.NET Framework they have, there are a few programs that need very specific builds in order to install and function properly. Also, when creating applications, developers often need to switch between different versions of the development platform. As a result, there are a variety of cases in which knowing the.NET version installed on the computer is useful.
File Explorer, the Registry, the Command Prompt, and PowerShell all allow users of all skill levels to check the.NET Framework version in Windows 11.
This tutorial will show you how to check what version of the.NET Framework your computer has.
To use File Explorer to check the.NET Framework version on Windows 11, use these steps:
- Open File Explorer.
- Browse the following path: C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework
- Enter the folder with the latest version — for example, v4.0.30319.
- Right-click any of the “.dll” files and select the Properties option.
- Click the Details tab.
- In the “Product version” section, confirm the version of .NET — for example, 4.8.4084.0.
Once you complete the steps, the file details will reveal the Framework platform’s version installed on the device.