Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime icon

Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime For Windows

Download (55.7 MB)

About Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime

Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime, a part of the .NET Core framework, serves as an answer to the demand for a runtime environment capable of running broadband Windows desktop applications. More than just a runtime for console applications provided by .NET Core Runtime, it is an advanced, desktop-dedicated environment, offering additional features targeted towards Windows GUI application needs. It becomes an essential tool when you're looking to run applications requiring rich user interfaces, access to Windows-specific APIs, or desktop-specific functionality.

Key Feature

1.Enhanced UI Development
The .NET Desktop Runtime provides an enriched environment supportive of Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). This environment allows developers to create intricate and compelling Windows desktop applications. It aids in building user interfaces with rich controls and design features for an engaging user experience.

2.Broad Coverage and Compatibility
One key feature of the .NET Desktop Runtime is its extensive coverage and compatibility. It is designed to run existing, full framework .NET applications without any necessity for recoding. This means, developers can continue building high-quality integrated applications that take full advantage of .NET capabilities.

3.Access to Windows-Specific APIs
The .NET Desktop Runtime exposes extensive access to Windows-specific APIs. This ensures developers can leverage Windows functionalities such as system resources, device access, and user notifications within their applications. It maximizes the capabilities of Windows applications, offering developers increased resources and control.

4.Optimized Performance

The .NET Desktop Runtime is optimized to provide high performance in running Windows desktop applications. It takes advantage of the .NET Core Runtime’s strengths, leveraging its speed, reliability, and efficiency factors. It brings about a boost in the execution speed and reduces resource utilization of applications.

Reviewed by Ryan J. Boudreaux


Updated onMay 1, 2024

Old Versions

Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime8.0.4
May 1, 2024
exe32 bit
Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime8.0.2
Feb 14, 2024
exe32 bit
All Versions
Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime icon
Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime for PC
Run apps built with .NET on Windows
Free Downloadfor Windows

How to download and Install Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime on Windows PC

  • Click on the Download button to start downloading Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime for Windows.
  • Open the .exe installation file in the Downloads folder and double click it.
  • Follow the instructions in the pop-up window to install Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime on Windows PC.
  • Now you can open and run Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime on Windows PC.