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Can I uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable - x64/x86?

Brian1 6,233 1,370 April 28, 2013 at 03:26 PM
There are three programs listed in the available programs to uninstall that I don't think I need. But, before I uninstall them, I wanted to see what they do and if, in fact, it's safe for me to uninstall them.

They are:
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable - x64 9.0.30729.6161
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.6161

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they are used by other programs to add the c++ libraries to your computer.
you have multiples because new portions of the libraries are released every so often and the programs you installed that rely on them install the version they are using during their install package.

Removing them will most likely cause other programs to no longer function.
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all tech support threads will now be answered with possibly random and false information.
This is due to the retardedness of posters and answering posters in general.
thank you, have a nice day.
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Quote from R1Budha View Post :
they are used by other programs to add the c++ libraries to your computer.
you have multiples because new portions of the libraries are released every so often and the programs you installed that rely on them install the version they are using during their install package.

Removing them will most likely cause other programs to no longer function.
Gotcha. Then I will leave them there. Thanks a lot.
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you should be able to get rid of


Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148

Also sort by instal date and see what other software was installed with it that will hopefully tell you what software uses it!
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delete them
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Quote from komondor View Post :
you should be able to get rid of


Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.4148

Also sort by instal date and see what other software was installed with it that will hopefully tell you what software uses it!
not always a good idea as sometimes portions of the libraries are deprecated and if the program that installed that library needs one of the deprecated items to work properly, you could end up with a program that no longer functions correctly.

You can SOMETIMES get around this issue, if it exists, by installing the updated version of the program that required the old library as it will have been updated to use the newer library and its replacement functions (sometimes).

however, sometimes this also requires purchasing said updated program and if the user doesn't NEED the updated version, then you are creating a need that doesn't really exist.

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delete them
yes by all means......
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Last edited by R1Budha April 29, 2013 at 09:57 PM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost
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At worst, all you need to do is reinstall the libraries if there are any software conflicts. Most software that uses these libraries will work if the software is put back where it belongs so there isn't a lot of fear if you do try and remove it.
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dynamic libraries for other apps. probably less than 10 MB in hdd space
leave them all alone

if it works don't fix it Smilie
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