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    Visual C++ redistribuables

    My Win 8 Pro system has 16 variants starting with 2005 & going to 2010 - some even have 32 & 64 bit variants (system is 64 bit).

    Are all these necessary? Would the 2010 versions not be backwards compatible?

    Are newer ones available?

    Or, do I remove the older ones at my peril?

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    It is impossible to tell for sure which are needed without knowing every program on your system. Some software requires a specific VC++ runtime release. The 2010 versions are not backwards compatible if a VC++ feature has been removed.

    There is VC++ 2012 available (and soon VC++ 2013) but you don't need it unless some software you run requires it. If that is the case the VC++ runtimes will be installed when you install software that uses it.

    The various versions do not take much room. I'd just leave them all.

    Joe

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