The .NET Version Detector does exactly what its name suggests, quickly identifying which versions of the .NET Framework are installed on a PC.

The program is portable, which makes it very convenient to use. Unzip its single executable onto a USB key and you can run it anywhere.

And after you've launched the program, there's nothing to do, really - just look at the panels on the left of the screen, and any versions displayed in white text are installed, while those greyed-out are not.

Or, if you'd like something a little clearer perhaps, scroll down the text box at the bottom of the program window for a simple list of installed versions.

There is one small added convenience, though, in the form of buttons to the left of each .NET version, which are supposed to represent download links. Green buttons are the Framework download, purple the SDK. (If you don't know what "SDK" means, you want the green.)

.NET Version Detector 15 now shows the installed .NET languages for each version and also shows all the installed Windows updates for all .NET frameworks.

Verdict

The interface is a little odd, and the download links don't always work, but this is still a quick and convenient way to check the .NET versions on a PC