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Why do I have so many Microsoft Visual C++ and do I need all of them?

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Why are there so many Microsoft Visual C++ distributions, and what do they do? Is is wise to remove them?


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These are run-time libraries used by lots of applications. While you could manually try to remove the older versions of the same revision of each, if you make a mistake, one or more of your apps will not longer work and you will have a hard time fixing that.  I also have all these revisions, and an x86 and 864 version of each, but not as many as you do. 


If this were mine, I would leave them alone.  You'll benefit very little from the removal and risk trashing apps in the process.

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