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).and with this you want to update drivers of your windows.


 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.

visual studio c++ 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.

Download Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable (64bit – 32bit)

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 Visual Studio 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  visual studio ++ is not installed. This will help you decide which version to download.

Download direct Visual Studio 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

How to uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable

The Uninstallation of the Visual studio 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

If you get the following error while running vc_redist.x64.exe or vc_redist.x86.exe, it means that you already have an installation of VC++ pending on your computer. You should remove the current installation to proceed with the new install.

Final Words:

So that was all for the visual c++ redistributable. I hope this post has cleared all your doubts. Also, if there is anything you would like to ask, then do feel free to comment below.