Windows 8.1 Visual C++ Redistribuatble Packages


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Hey, guys! I just have a quick question. I have installed many games recently and most all of them have some version of the Visual C++ Redistributable Packages included. So, if I were to download all of the packages (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013) and install them prior to installing any games... could I bypass that when I install my games?

Thanks in advance! :)

- Alex


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Hi Alex,
I don't think so. The reason I say this is because if you have a game already using Visual C++ any new games installed still seem to require their own version. The dev does this to ensure their game will run. This webpage shines a bit more light on it:


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Hey, thanks! That article definitely sums it up nicely! I think I'll just let the game installers do their thing. ;-)

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