Unable to find a version of the runtime to run this application.

I Downloaded .show desktop Button for win xp it requires .Net framework i downloaded 4.0 version of  .Net framework when i execute show desktop button a windows popups (with title of show desktop.exe- .NET Framework intialization Error) and say UNable to find a version of the runtime to run this application.

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Last updated October 10, 2018 Views 51,248 Applies to:


Is the issue specific to ‘show desktop button’ program?


Follow the mentioned methods:

Method 1:

Perform Cleanboot and try to install the program and check.

Put the computer in Clean Boot state to see if there is any software conflict as clean boot helps in eliminating software conflicts.


How to configure Windows XP to start in a "clean boot" state



Note: After performing the troubleshooting steps in clean boot, follow Steps to configure Windows to use a Normal startup state section from the link to return the computer to Normal startup mode.


Method 2:

This issue may also occur due to a corruption in the .NET Framework installation. You may try to uninstall and reinstall the latest version of .net framework and check.



Ignore the error message, perform the resolution provided in the article.

Registry Disclaimer:

This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click on the link below to follow steps to back up registry:



Hope the above information is helpful.

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