Do I Need These Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables?

I’m wondering if I need all of these Microsoft programs on here, like Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 redistributable or Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 redistributable. It’s taking up space on my hard drive and I’m wondering if those programs are really necessary.

Time for my most common, yet most annoying answer:

it depends.

I’ll describe what the Visual C++ redistributables are all about, and why the safest thing to do is probably to leave them alone.

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Footnotes & references

1: In an ideal world, uninstalling the last software package that requires a particular version of the redistributables would also uninstall it. For various reasons, that’s not likely to be the case. If you uninstall software that requires a redistributable, you may be left with an unnecessary redistributable on your machine. Oh well.