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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++. Is 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
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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
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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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