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  1.    03 Aug 2017 #1
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Chicago, IL
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    Do I really need all these versions of MS VC++ 2005-2015 ??


    Here is what I have installed with respect to MS Visual C++ deps:

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    I have multiple versions of each year present. Is it safe to remove all but the most current version of each package for 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 ? I know there is a 32 * 64 bit package for each of them.

    Tim
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  2.    03 Aug 2017 #2
    Join Date : Feb 2014
    Posts : 9,360
    Windows 10 Professional

    @N9NU
    You most likely have or had a program that depends on them, otherwise they wouldn't be there.
    I would leave them.
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  3.    03 Aug 2017 #3
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Trnava
    Posts : 2,862
    Windows 10.4 Home 1709 x64

    You can use this, it will uninstall all versions and install the latest updated ones.

    Visual C++ Runtime Installer Download
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  4.    03 Aug 2017 #4
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    Windows 10

    No its not safe, leave them alone, Applications install the particular version they require.

    If you fiddle about deleting versions and apparent duplications/updates you may stop an application working properly.
    They are small, so just not worth the risk.
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  5.    03 Aug 2017 #5
    Join Date : Jun 2015
    Chicago, IL
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    Windows 10, Mageia Linux 6, FreeNAS, ClearOS
    Thread Starter

    Guess what?

    I used that kewl tewl mentioned above and have no issues with any of the apps using them. Anyways, all that needs to be done if something does not work is to re-install it.

    LOL

    Tim
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  6.    03 Aug 2017 #6
    Join Date : Aug 2014
    Forever West
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint

    If you do need a particular version the program that included it will fail and probably prompt to reinstall it.
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  7.    03 Aug 2017 #7
    Join Date : Feb 2014
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    Windows 10 Professional

    You could also 'hide' some of them by changing the Name from DisplayName to QuietDisplayName in Registry.

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  8.    04 Aug 2017 #8
    Join Date : Aug 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by N9NU View Post
    I have multiple versions of each year present. Is it safe to remove all but the most current version of each package for 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 ? I know there is a 32 * 64 bit package for each of them.
    These are just redistributable packages, which typically consist of a couple DLLs and nothing else. If you have applications that rely on these packages, then yes, these packages are needed. Applications are hardcoded to use specific versions of these packages. You can't just delete an "older" version of the package and expect the application to "pick up" the newer one.
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  9.    04 Aug 2017 #9
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Arnold, MD
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    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)

    Even if the app installs them, Windows update may replace or upgrade them if they are out of date or improper. You can see that happen when you have installed something, and Reliability History shows MS has DL'd an update or replacement. They are not very big and could cause malfunction if removed. I have a bunch, too. Some as recent as 3 days ago. It's normal.

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  10.    04 Aug 2017 #10
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    It is possible that you don't need all of those versions but making that determination is far from simple. As they are relatively small there is little to be gained in deleting them. In theory only the latest version should be needed but software doesn't always see things that way. Some applications will insist on a specific version and fail if it is not present. Maybe you don't have any such applications, or maybe you do. Finding out is the hard part.
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