Download Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable (All Versions)

Microsoft ecosystem includes Visual Studio which is used for developing applications used for Windows Operating System. Microsoft Visual C++ is one programming language that can be used to develop applications in. But to run applications build in Visual C++, users need to install Visual C++ runtime libraries. In this article, we will discuss the importance of these redistributable runtime packages, how to install them and the direct download links.

What is Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable?

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable is a runtime library for running applications that Microsoft developers develop in Visual C++ language (Using the Microsoft Visual Studio development environment).

There are many Microsoft Redistributable packages installed on your system. You can view them by going to Control Panel/Programs/Apps and Features. And in the list of installed programs, you will see that there is more than one package of Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable.

VC++ Redistributable is just like Java Runtime Environment and .NET Framework. You need to install JRE to run programs developed in Java and .NET Framework to run apps built with .NET Framework.

Finding Visual C++ Redistributable in Installed Programs

When you create certain Apps or Programs using Visual C++, the Redistributable packages are installed automatically. Some developers pre-package the runtime libraries inside their software setups. Or you can download them manually. I am providing you the Links for downloading the Redistributable packages.

If you are using the same version of Microsoft Visual C++ to create multiple Apps, then all the Apps created with the same version of Microsoft Visual C++ needs one Redistributable package for all.

When you need Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

If you are having any software or program needs the Visual C++ Redistributable, then you need them otherwise, there isn’t any use of the Microsoft VC++ Redistributable.

These packages are not so much heavy on your System Resources so the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable won’t take much space on your System.

Features

  • The Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable expands the features of your System related to multimedia.
  • It helps you to install the components automatically which are required by many Apps, Games, and Programs to run.
  • And the Apps which are written in C++ language, the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable helps them to work and run properly.
  • Each Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package isn’t more than 20 MB in size.

Installation

Download and installation of any Visual C++ redistributable runtime library package is easy. It’s like downloading the setup from below given direct download links and then run the installer. Every installation step is self-explanatory. You can have multiple redistributable runtimes packages installed on your computer.

  • Select your architecture and download the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable from the below links.
  • And then open its Installer. The window will open and ask you to accept the terms and then click on the Install button.
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  • It will take 4-5 seconds to install into your System.
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  • After installation completes, a window will appear that tells you that you have successfully installed the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable on your System.
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Visual C++ Redistributables Direct Download Links

Choose your version for Redistributable according to your Windows version. The runtime libraries setup is different for 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows. If you are using 32-bit Windows, then download only 32-bit Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable. And if you have installed 64-bit Windows, then you need to download both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable.

The redistributable selection depends upon the program you are trying to run, is it developed using a specific version of the Visual Studio or it can run using any runtime package. For your ease, we will list down each error which you get when a specific version of VC++ is not installed. This will help you decide which version to download.

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2019

Applications created with Visual Studio 2019 (Version 16.0) require this redistributable library to be installed in the system. If you have Visual Studio 2019 installed on your system, most probably, the runtime library is also installed for running the programs.

Download vs_redist.x86.exe 2019 32-bit

Download vs_redist.x64.exe 2019 64-bit

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2017

Applications created with Visual Studio 2017 (Version 15.0) require C++ runtime 2017. If you have an application that is giving an error about MSVCR150.dll or MSVCP150.dll missing, you should install this version of Visual C++ 2017 redistributable.

Download vs_redist.x86.exe 2017 32-bit

Download vs_redist.x64.exe 2017 64-bit

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2015

Applications created with Visual Studio 2015 (Version 14.0) require C++ runtime 2015. If you have an application that is giving an error about MSVCR140.dll or MSVCP140.dll missing, you should install this version of Visual C++ 2015 redistributable.

Download Visual C++ Redistributable 2015 in all languages [32-bit + 64-bit]

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2013

Applications created with Visual Studio 2013 (Version 12.0) require C++ runtime 2013. If you have an application that is giving an error about MSVCR120.dll or MSVCP120.dll missing, you should install this version of Visual C++ 2013 redistributable.

Download Visual C++ Redistributable 2013 in all languages [32-bit +64-bit]

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2012

Applications created with Visual Studio 2012 (Version 11.0) require C++ runtime 2012. If you have an application that is giving an error about MSVCR110.dll or MSVCP110.dll missing, you should install this version of Visual C++ 2012 redistributable.

Download Visual C++ Redistributable 2012 Update 5 in all languages [32-bit + 64-bit] (Requires signing in with your Microsoft account)

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2010

Applications created with Visual Studio 2010 (Version 10.0) require C++ runtime 2010. If you have an application that is giving an error about MSVCR100.dll or MSVCP100.dll missing, you should install this version of Visual C++ 2010 redistributable.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable (x86)

Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 Redistributable MFC Security Update

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2008

Applications created with Visual Studio 2008 (Version 9.0) require C++ runtime 2008. If you have an application that is giving an error about MSVCR90.dll or MSVCP90.dll missing, you should install this version of Visual C++ 2008 redistributable.

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable (x86)

Download Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable MFC Update (x86 + x64)

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable 2005

Download vcredist_x86.exe redistributable (x86)

Download vcredist_x64.exe redistributable (x64)

Uninstalling the Visual C++ packages

The Uninstallation of the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable packages is the same as you do with any other program. You can uninstall the packages from Programs and Features. To uninstall a package, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Apps and Features (Windows key + X + F) [Programs and Features in Windows 7]
  2. Search for Visual C++
  3. Select the installed program you want to uninstall
  4. Press the Uninstall button.

    Uninstalling Visual C package
    Uninstalling Visual C package

You may want to ask is it OK to uninstall any Visual C++ package? My answer is simple; uninstall it if it is necessary. Otherwise, leave it as multiple versions do not take a lot of disk space and only provides additional functionality when needed.

Has this article answered all the questions you have about Microsoft Visual C++ redistributables? Now is it easy to download the packages from one place? We would love to know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

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