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First off, you don't have to uninstall VS 2010 in order to install VS 2015 (unless you really run out of disk space). Different versions of Visual Studio can all be installed and used side-by-side. Now onto the actual question, what the snapshot shows is mostly runtime packages of different versions of the CRT/MFC libraries and SQL tools. Some of those ...


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When you compile something with the Microsoft Visual C++ Compiler, it compiles it to be dynamically linked to the MS VC++ Runtime DLL (I think corresponding to the version of VS you have e.g. VS2010 will use the 2010 runtime). Presumably this is to allow them to be able to update the DLLs without you needing to recompile your application. What this means ...



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