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healee-5771 asked adamwimpenny-6388 commented

What is Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable for?

There are many versions of it. Can I uninstall them all?

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DSPatrick answered

They're a standard set of library files that many applications may use. The operating system does not use them.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2977003/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads


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JoyQiao-MSFT answered adamwimpenny-6388 commented

Hi,

In short: it's not advisable that you uninstall any of your C++ Redistributable Packages on your system, or you may break something. Just leave it alone.
Here is the description of the reason.

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i uninstalled some of them what should i do? i currently have all of them but i uninstalled all of the 2019 ones and have 6 of them from 2013 as i uninstalled some of them how do i get them back

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KapilArya answered

Hello,

The Visual C++ Redistributable Packages install run-time components of Visual C++ libraries. These components are required to run C++ applications that are developed using Visual Studio and link dynamically to Visual C++ libraries. These package can be used to run such applications on a computer even if it does not have Visual Studio installed. These packages install run-time components of these libraries: C Runtime (CRT), Standard C++, MFC, C++ AMP, and OpenMP.

It is not recommended to uninstall them.

Referenced from 'Details' at https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=48145.

Regards.

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