What is Microsoft Visual C++
Microsoft Visual C++ is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) used to create Windows applications in the C, C++ and C++/CLI programming languages. It was originally a standalone product, but is now part of Microsoft Visual Studio. Microsoft Visual C++ provides developers with a single application in which they can write, edit, test, and debug. The programming environment includes access to shared code libraries, allowing developers to use code that has been developed for specific sequences of actions instead of having to rewrite it separately. from the beginning. Shared code (shared code) comes in the form of dynamic link libraries (DLL), a term that most Windows users have encountered in some cases.
When it comes time to deploy software to users, developers will have 2 choices. They can bundle DLLs into the application installation or rely on a standard package of shared code. Most of them choose the latter and that package is called Visual C++ Redistributable. There are several advantages to using redistributable. Packages are provided by Microsoft, who checks and updates bug fixes and security fixes. The redistributable also provides a single installation on the user’s computer that multiple programs can use at the same time.
Why have so many Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables installed in my computer?
I just installed Windows 10 on my computer less than two months ago. As you can see, I have 4 instances of Visual C++ Redistributable on my system. On other systems, I see up to 20 instances of Visual C++ Redistributable. So why is that?
Some are installed by Windows. The specific versions installed depend on the version of Windows you are using. I’m using Windows 10, with Visual C++ Redistributables 2012 and 2013 available. Also you will notice that there are both 32 bit (x86) and 64 bit (x64) versions installed (this is not installed by the user but by the user). Windows installed, I can’t interfere, unless you don’t like it later, you can uninstall). If you have 32-bit Windows, you won’t see the 64-bit versions of redistributable. But if you install 64-bit Windows (which almost all computers have these days), you’ll see both versions, because 64-bit Windows can run both 64-bit and 32-bit applications.
If there are other versions of Visual C++ Redistributable on your machine, it’s because they were added with the additional software you installed. When developers code in a particular version of Visual C++, the code libraries for that version must also be present on the user system running the application. That means if a developer uses Visual C++ 2005 (or Visual Studio 2005) to create a program that you are installing, you can see Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable installed on your system along with programme.
Sometimes, you will get an unexpected message the first time you run a program saying that the redistributable package is installing. You will see this many times if you are a PC gamer, especially if downloading the game through Steam.
Besides that, you may also see multiple versions of the same redistributable installed, or at least multiple versions of the same year. For example, you may see multiple versions of redistributable 2008. One redistributable may indicate that it is a service pack, while other redistributables have slightly different version numbers. So sometimes it’s like multiple versions of the same package have been installed but they have specific differences. And unfortunately, unlike the .NET Framework, Microsoft never added all the older versions into one unified package.
So you’ll see some packages that come with Windows and some with installed applications. And if you’re running 64-bit Windows, you’ll see both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of each package.
Is it possible to uninstall Microsoft Visual C++?
The short answer is: YES but SHOULD NOT.
You really never know which apps use which redistributable. If you uninstall a program, that program will not automatically remove the redistributable, because it doesn’t know what other applications are using it. There are bound to be some unnecessary redistributable packages – but if you manually remove a redistributable package that some programs are still using, you could render them inactive and even cause problems. in Windows settings.
It may be annoying to see multiple versions appear in the list of installed programs, but if everything is running fine on your computer, the redistributables shouldn’t cause any damage. Moreover, they also don’t take up much storage space. All four versions I have installed on my current system take up less than 100MB of storage.
We see some advice on the Internet that you can delete old versions of redistributable, leaving only the latest from each major release (note by year). In other words, they recommend leaving the latest 2012 redistributable version and uninstalling the older 2012 version. We tested this and found it unreliable. It seems to work sometimes, but there’s no guarantee it will work for you. In limited testing on three systems, I found it caused problems on systems where some programs no longer work.
Microsoft Visual C++ helps you fix errors like
- MSVCR110.dll was not found
- MSVCR120.dll was not found
- XINPUT1_3.dll was not found
- api-ms-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing
- VCRUNTIME 140.dll was not found
- MSVCP140.dll was not found
- MSVCP120.dll was not found
- MF.dll was not found
- and more
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Free Download
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable v5.7
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable v5.8
Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable Pack
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable v8.0.56336
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64) v8.0.56336
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable v8.0.61001
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (x64) v8.0.61000
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 v9.0.30729.17
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x64 v9.0.30729.17
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 v9.0.30729.6161
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable – x64 v9.0.30729.6161
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable v10.0.40219
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 x64 Redistributable v10.0.40219
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x86) v11.0.61030
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Redistributable (x64) v11.0.61030
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x86) v12.0.30501
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) v12.0.30501
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x86) v12.0.40664
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x64) v12.0.40664
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2022 Redistributable (x86) v14.30.30704
– Microsoft Visual C++ 2015-2022 Redistributable (x64) v14.30.30704
How to install Microsoft Visual C++
- Unzip the downloaded software
- Run setup to install software
- Select language
- Click next and then select the missing one and then choose to install normally, just select all is ok
- Click Next and wait until done