How to detect what Microsoft .Net Framework you have installed

If you are a developer, tech geek or just a normal person who needs to know what versions of Microsoft .Net Framework is installed on a computer this little tool from Asoft might be handy to you. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out what already is installed and what you need to download yourself. Some operating system has some of the newer version built-in and some of the old operating system does not. You can see a list of built-in frameworks in different versions of Windows on Wikipedia.

What is .Net Framework and why do I need it?

.Net Framework (pronounced dot net) is a developed by Microsoft and is a large library of developer components shared by multiple programming languages like Visual Basic, Visual C++ and website development (IIS). Instead of including all those library functions in each programs, programs developed for the .Net Framework can share the same library functions based on the .Net Framework. In order to execute a .Net program on your Windows PC you will need to install the .Net Framework version that the specific program is targeted for. The .Net framework editions is backward compatible meaning if you have .Net 4.0 installed you can also have framework 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5. Regarding version 1.0 and 1.1 it might be another story, but not many programs are using those editions anymore today.

Get the free .Net Framework detector tool

Microsoft .Net Framework Version Detector

With this little .Net framework detector tool you can easily found out what versions of the .Net Framework is installed. It can also tell you what service pack level has been installed for each framework.

Download the .Net Framework detector tool (353 KB)
(No installation required, just a single exe file in a zip archive)

What to expect from Microsoft Windows 8?

Windows 8.1 Logo

Windows 8 Logo

As you might know Microsoft has just released the Windows 8 Consumer Preview of their next operating system. Windows 8 are expecting to be finally released in the end of 2012. For a tech guy like me it is always interesting to follow the beta process of a new Windows version to see what features we can look forward to in the next version. Before we look into the new version let’s have a look on the history of Windows Client releases in the past.

The history of Microsoft Windows Client releases so far:

  • 1995 – Windows 95 is released
  • 1996 – Windows NT 4.0
  • 1998 – Windows 98
  • 1999 – Windows ME (Millennium Edition)
  • 2000 – Windows 2000
  • 2001 – Windows XP
  • 2007 – Windows Vista
  • 2009 – Windows 7
  • Windows 8? (Will properly be released late 2012)

Actually Microsoft also released Windows versions before 1995 but Windows 95 was the first one able to natively run 32 bit applications.

Official Demo of Windows 8 Consumer Preview


New features:

The Windows Store – Microsoft have added a store like you know it from Smartphones.

Ribbon in Windows Explorer –  Microsoft has added Ribbon like we know it from the Office products.

Windows Explorer Ribbon

Picture password – login using mouse gestures over a picture instead of entering your password.

Improved Task Manager – The Task Manager have got a lot of new nice features.

Windows8 Task Manager

New Remote Desktop client – The Remote Desktop Client has also been upgraded

Improved tablet support – The new user interface in Windows 8 had been developed with Tablet PC support in mind.


Things you might miss in Windows 8

Start Menu – The Start Menu are removed in Windows 8. This might take a while to get use to that for most people. The Start menu has been available since Windows 95, but maybe it is time to do things in another way.

New file system – There have been a lot of rumors about a new file system (ReFS) in Windows 8 to replace the old NTFS system. For now it looks like it will only be available in Windows server 8.

Remember that this is still a preview and Microsoft might change things in the final version. The whole idea with a Consumer preview like this is to get a lot of feedback from user to make the system better. Maybe they will remove features, maybe they will add additional features we never know.

 Requirements to run the Windows 8 Consumer Preview

  • 1 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
  • 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution

That is all from me. Now it is your turn. I would very much like to hear what you think about Microsoft’s upcoming Windows version. Do you think it will be a success?

I recommend Paint.NET Photo Editing Program

If you need a good Photo Editor Program better than MS Paint, that comes with Windows, but simpler to use than Photoshop, Paint.NET comes to the rescue.

How to get more free space for your Dropbox account

Dropbox account

If you like I am a big fan of Dropbox you might want to get some more space than the default 2 GB that the free account comes with. You can of cause buy some more space, but there is also a couple of ways you can get more space for free. At the moment I have 11.5 GB space on my free Dropbox account, just by completing the steps below.

5 Must-have Android Apps for your Smartphone

Android Market

Android Market

One of the best things about having an Android Smartphone is the more than 400.000 apps available at the Android Market. It will always be personally what apps people like the best, but here is 5 of my favorite apps that I think you should check out.

My top 5 favorite Apps for Android

1. WiFi Analyzer
With this little app you can Analyze the wireless network in your area and check out what channels they are using with your phone. This is optimal if you need to figure out what channel you should give your wireless router or access point.

2. DropBox
Well I guess you all know Dropbox. It is one of my favorite apps for sure. I install it on all my devices (workstation, laptop and phones).

3. Handy Scanner
Use your smartphone to scan documents using the build-in camera. When the document is scanned you can upload it to Dropbox to make it available from anywhere or send it via e-mail.

4. Advanced Task Killer
Kill all active tasks on the phone with one click. Over time you might start a lot of apps that will stay in the background and make your phone use more power and slow down. With this little app you can close them all with one click.

5. Barcode Scanner
Scan barcodes and QR codes with this little app. This is a must have app making you able to scan both Barcodes and QR codes wherever you go.

Now I have told you about my favorite apps for Andriod phones at the moment. Now it is your turn to tell me about your own favorite apps.