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Which versions of C++ redistributables can I remove?

Over time, I notice that my Windows computer is accruing more and more Redistributables. Screenshot:


In general, is it safe to remove old 2005 versions? Is it safe to also remove old 2008 versions?


systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version" OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional OS Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601

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marked as duplicate by shf301, MaQleod, 8088, soandos, slhck Oct 29 '12 at 8:43

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Many of those are very small files. What are you concerned about? Do you have any tools that use these redistributables? – user3463 Oct 28 '12 at 20:24

It is most likely not safe to delete them because applications may still be using them. Applications are written against a specific version of the C++ runtime. An application build using the 2005 runtime will use only that runtime and will not work with the 2008 or 2010 runtime. So removing a runtime will break any application that is using that version of the runtime.

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But is it safe to remove old versions of the 2005 runtime, and old versions of the 2008 runtime? – mcandre Oct 29 '12 at 13:59
No it is not safe - applications can be bound to a specific revision of the C++ runtime – shf301 Oct 29 '12 at 22:43

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