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I have Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 redistributable x64 installed on my computer it takes up 4GB of space from which I could greatly benefit from gaining. I don't understand why I need the Visual C++ on my computer.

Is it safe to uninstall this program?

Is there a complete list of programs somewhere which actually use the Visual C++? Are there any alternatives that are smaller that I could install, instead.

I really need the disk space and this is the largest program on my computer

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How do you know it takes up 4GB of space? – Paul Dec 5 '12 at 11:01
Microsoft visual c++ 2008 redistributable x64 does not take up 4GB of space, I don't care what Add/Remove Programs says it takes, its not a 4GB package. While you can uninstall the program its very likely you have an application or more then likely a video card that requires it. If you use Steam then it will just be reinstalled. – Ramhound Dec 5 '12 at 12:15
@Paul thats what add/remove programs says. haha – Xitcod13 Dec 5 '12 at 13:07
Dont know why it has -2 votes when 2500 people are wondering the same thing as me. Man people like to vote stuff down. – Xitcod13 Jan 23 '15 at 7:06
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Microsoft visual c++ 2008 redistributable is a set of DLLs that are used by some other software installed on your computer. I really doubt it takes 4GB as it should really take about several (under 10) MB. If you uninstall it there is a chance that one of your installed programs will stop running.

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