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    Keep Visual C++?

    Hello all,

    During a routine check of what has been installed, I noticed there are FOUR “Microsoft Visual C++” in the list. I assume different programs have installed these. They are:

    2005, ver. 8.0.61001
    2008, ver. 9.0.30729.17
    2008, ver. 9.0.30729.6161
    2010, ver. 10.0.40219

    I wanted to seek guidance of people here who may be familiar with the issue as I am finding conflicting information on whether I should keep them all (as they were installed by certain applications) or, just keep the latest version and uninstall the rest.

    I thank you in advance

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    They are Visual C++ code libraries used by programs you have installed on your computer.

    You should keep them all. If you remove any of them you will almost certainly find that certain programs will stop working.
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    The libraries provide functions for programmers to save them having to write more code themselves, much like .NET does. The C++ libraries and .NET are provided by Microsoft and patches are provided if issues are discovered, so you can relax and get on with your work / gaming.

    cheers, Paul

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    I try to keep my XP PC free of unneeded BS, so I've had the same question as the OP.
    I thank y'all for the very good explanation. I guess I'll just keep my own C++ files, like I do the Dot Net Framework files.

    Thank you,
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