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    PATCH WATCH By Susan Bradley As is typical for this time of year, Microsoft is releasing a deluge of security patches for our Windows machines. One th
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      Hi Susan,
      In your article, you asked, “Do you know of a better, safer GUI-based utility that can check for .NET versions? If so, tell me and others in the forums!”. I used to use a GUI tool called “.NET Framework Setup Verifier”. As new versions of .NET were available it would be updated. However, in searching for the latest version it appears not to have been updated above .NET version 4.7.2 .

      An easier way than through the Registry to find the current .NET version installed uses File Explorer as described here:
      in the “How to check .NET version using File Explorer” section.
      It’s not GUI but it is easy.

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      .NET and .NET Framework — read the top three posts for complete information:

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    • #2440241

      There is another URL for .NET Version Detector via Softpedia. The link as a .shtml extension.

      Is this one protected by an SSL certificate? It doesn’t link to OneDrive. The OneDrive-accessible one is the most up-to-date (April 2:version 22 R1), but the Softpedia one is earlier (Dec 9, 2021:version 21 R1).

      The results are displayed a bit differently, but I don’t see any difference in what the two versions find.

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    • #2440257

      “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Net Framework Setup\NDP”

      Susan, what does one do if one has no .net framework installed? (Windows 10 Pro 21H2)?

    • #2440258

      Under headline “Sometimes side effects aren’t patching-related”, the part about the network type is a bit ambiguous?

      If you are in a domain/workstation setting where you have a domain controller in the mix, you can set a registry key so that the workstations will always expect a domain controller and never jump to a private network.

      To force the private setting using the registry, set the REG_DWORD value for the AlwaysExpectDomainController setting to 1 for this key:

      In the first sentence “… never jump to a private network” and the second sentence “To force the private setting…” seem to contradict one another? In other words, what exactly is the effect of changing the registry key?

    • #2440385

      Has the ISO download changed? Because the last time I did that, I had to download a full 4GB file, even though the update for 20H2 and 21H1 were both just around 100MB. As such, I always just change the maximum version number in Group Policy (or regedit if I’m on a non-pro machine) and either wait or, yes, click the Check for Updates button (once I’m sure that all other updates have been installed, so I won’t get some rogue update).

      Also, I hate how much more often reCAPTCHA seems to make me click. It hadn’t done that for years. (I have 2-factor on my Google Account. It should know I’m a real person.)

    • #2440408

      Is InControl by GRC(dot)com, written by Steve Gibson, the same as the Specify_or_cancel_target_Feature_Update batch file? Or is it better? BTW, I love the programs that Steve Gibson writes and have used many of them.

      • #2440438

        InControl is another way to set the registry to tell Windows not to update to 11.
        I don’t know what that batch file does – I did a search but couldn’t find it.

        cheers, Paul

    • #2440839

      Do you know of a better, safer GUI-based utility that can check for .NET versions? If so, tell me and others in the forums!

      There’s a .NET Version Check utility at Raymond.cc that is a GUI-based utility.  (https://www.raymond.cc/blog/download/did/1741/)  It is several years old but seems to work just fine.   The web site itself is very secure, more so than most.  I’ve attached a screen shot of the result on my system.


    • #2440905

      There’s a .NET Version Check utility at Raymond.cc

      Not good enough. Doesn’t display all .NET different builds like : core, framework, SDK, runtime, desktop..

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