Framework detector is a free no-install utility that provides information on the version(s) of the .NET Framework your computer has installed, if any.
Let’s face it: figuring out which .NET framework version your computer supports can be somewhat confusing.
For example you download a program that requires .NET 1.1 and it will not run, even when know for certain that another app which uses another version of .NET works just fine – but which version of .NET do you have installed.
With Framework Detector the confusion is gone; simply run and it will display a list of .NET Frameworks and tell you which ones are installed, if any. More info as follows:
- List: displays installed components in green, non-installed components in red.
- Portable: unzip and run; does not need to be installed.
- Information provided: if a component is installed, it will display both version number and service pack.
- Other info: displays information on components labeled WCF, WPF, WF, and Card Space. Not sure what these are (let us know in the comments section if you do).
With so many programs that I encounter requiring .NET, I was very happy to discover this one, since many programs that I recommend require this framework and many people are confused about what version they have installed. You will find, as I did, that installing .NET ver. 3.0 or higher provides .NET 2.0 support but no support for ver. 1.1 or previous (my advice: skip installing 1.1 or 1.0, and if an app asks for these just pass it over altogether). If you are confused about the version status of the .NET framework on your machine this tiny app will dispel all confusion!
Version Tested: 1.0
Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista.
Go to the program page to download the latest version (approx 23K).