What is the visual C++ redistributable


Whenever we install games, apart from direct x we get a visual C++ installer.I have a lot of both old and new games installed on my system and each of them has installed some version of this C++ redist(2005,2008,2010) both x86 and x63 versions.Are all of them required or can i just uninstall all and just donwload the latest vc++ 2010 redist available at Microsofts site?Will this affect the games which did not come with c++ 2010?

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  1. If you play a game which uses one particular version of that library, then that game will attempt to look for it on your system. If it cannot find it, then it will tell you. If you keep re-installing it also, then that should not be a problem, but that is not your question. The question seems to be testing the logic that the newer 2010 library will have the same functions as the 2005 library, and that the game or software will attempt to use the newer functions. The truth is, it is possible for someone to write a piece of software which will be able to auto-detect what libraries are on your system and make use of whatever functions it needs. So the answer is: that it depends on how they wrote game. You could always uninstall one version and see what happens.
  2. Application support library, imagine it as a distant cousin of DirectX and .Net.

    Worth having 2005, 2008 and 2010 installed, if your an x64 user, install both x86 and x64 flavours.

    Standard on all my installs.
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