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Windows 7: Have 14 MS Visual C + + 2008 Redistribulatable files - are they needed

21 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Have 14 MS Visual C + + 2008 Redistribulatable files - are they needed

Hello,
I show a number of programs in CCleaner that I don't have the knowledge to identify or know if they are necessary. I was hoping one of the groups many knowledgeable members might help and maybe I can delete them. They have dates going back a ways. Here is a list:

Have 14 MS Visual C + + 2008 Redistribulatable files - are they needed-capture.png

Thanks for any assistance!
Glenn



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21 Feb 2012   #2

The 8.1 OS made by Billy Microsoft
 
 

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 9.0.30729.6161 (x86, x64) is the latest version....you can uninstall older versions.
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21 Feb 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I bet you break something if you remove the older versions. I'd make a restore point before you do anything just in case. There may be programs tied to the older versions. You'll see the same thing for Dot Net Framework and from what I have read it's not a good idea to remove the older entries. You're only talking kilobytes for most of them so is it really worth removing them? If you do nuke the older versions I would be interested to know, for future reference, if it does mess anything up.
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21 Feb 2012   #4

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

You have 32bit and 64bit versions plus updates and they are needed.

Remove at your own peril.
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21 Feb 2012   #5

The 8.1 OS made by Billy Microsoft
 
 

I like my Control Panel clean, so I allways uninstall old versions of V C++ 2008 and download the latest version from here:
Download: Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

Never had a problem!
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21 Feb 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Hello and thanks to all who have responded so far. We seem to have a difference of opinions and I am certainly not capable of knowing which is correct. I have all the updates, so I don't know if I need to be concerned with Cata's info on MS security issue. Still open for more opinions.
Regards
Glenn
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22 Feb 2012   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

You asked for opinions so here is mine, would be to leave them alone they are not doing any harm and take up very little room on your hard drive.
Jerry
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22 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pack 1
 
 

I have the same (but larger) listing of C++ installs on my machine. I've noticed that they are placed there when I start games for the first time using Steam.

It seems that some games need a specific release of C++ to operate. I've tried uninstalling a couple, only to watch games automatically re-install them again when I start them up.
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22 Feb 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bongo View Post
You asked for opinions so here is mine, would be to leave them alone they are not doing any harm and take up very little room on your hard drive.
Jerry
Thank you Jerry for you experienced opinion.
Glenn
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22 Feb 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gromit1710 View Post
I have the same (but larger) listing of C++ installs on my machine. I've noticed that they are placed there when I start games for the first time using Steam.

It seems that some games need a specific release of C++ to operate. I've tried uninstalling a couple, only to watch games automatically re-install them again when I start them up.
Hello and thanks for responding. I understand your thoughts, but I don't use any games, but the files do not really take up too much space!
Glenn
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