Different versions and updates of Microsoft Visual C++, do I need them all?

Hi. I am using Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-bit, with Service Pack 2. I have two different versions of C++ installed and updates. I was wondering if it is okay to delete any of these items? They appear in the Programs and Features list, on the Control Panel:

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable (installed 22/06/2007 558KB)

Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 ATL Update kb973923 - x86 8.0.50727.4053 (29/07/2009 251KB)

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.21022.218 (03/04/2010 594KB)

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable - x86 9.0.30729.17 (13/11/2010 231KB)

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 ATL Update kb973924 - x86 9.0.30729.4148 (13/11/2010 199KB)

The two latest items were installed automatically with another program (BitDefender Internet Security 2011). All feedback is appreciated. Thanks.

 

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If you have setup your Windows Updates by ticking the first three out of four boxes in this location it should apply the C++ "updates" that you require and no more.

Control Panel\Windows Update\Change settings

If you remove one of the installs and a program relies on it, that program may crash or start giving errors when being used. 

 

 

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DON'T remove them! As a replacement of the "DLL he ll" (the forums sensors it without the space) (new version override old ones, which break older software) MS creates the WinSxS folder, and now multiple DLL versions can be stored side by side (SxS). Now the application uses the version it was build!

So, NEVER uninstall a VC++ Runtime!


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