Question Do I really need 18 copies of Microsoft Visual C++?

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Currently my Windows 10 PC has18 installed versions of Microsoft Visual C++, ranging from 8.0.56336 to 14.15.267066 and C++ 2015 to C++ 2018, installed between 6/5/2018 and 6/15/2019. Some are x86. others x64, still others with no designation. (I have a 64-bit machine.) Can I safely delete all but the most recent x86 and x64 versions? I know I would only save about 360MB, but if I don't need all of them, having so many just seems to be inviting trouble...somehow.🔫 🇷🇼
 
You better not. What you're talking about are C++ libraries (Distributable), not Visual C++ application itself. Every app you install which was developed with Visual Studio will install corresponding libraries if they are are not already there, in both x32 and x64 flavors. Uninstalling these might lead to some application just refusing to load. And even for smallest SSD these days 360mb are miniscule amount.
 

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You better not. What you're talking about are C++ libraries (Distributable), not Visual C++ application itself. Every app you install which was developed with Visual Studio will install corresponding libraries if they are are not already there, in both x32 and x64 flavors. Uninstalling these might lead to some application just refusing to load. And even for smallest SSD these days 360mb are miniscule amount.
Thanks. That's exactly what I wanted to know.
 

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