Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    x64
  • Total Downloads:
    96,703
  • Date Added:
    November 29, 2007
  • File Size:
    2.19MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    765
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista

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  • 1 stars

    "and yet...."

    September 16, 2011   |   By judethelessobscure

    Version: Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable x64

    Pros

    none apparently

    Cons

    takes up hard drive space

    Summary

    After reading gibberish above, one still has NO idea what this program is for, if it is necessary or if it is BLOATWARE. Bad tech writer. BAD.

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  • 1 stars

    "Seriously flawed; use 2005 version instead of 2008"

    October 02, 2009   |   By tyler_folsom

    Version: Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable x64

    Pros

    Retains the outstanding features from VC6 and VC2005. Great debugger, good interface.

    Cons

    Cannot write a program under MSCV 2008, install it on another computer and have it execute.

    Summary

    I am used to writing a simple program and being able to copy it to a customer's computer and execute it. You can't do that anymore. Copying the EXE and DLLs to the target directory doesn't work anymore The problem has to do with DLLs. You get programs expecting different versions of DLLs, so Microsoft did something about it. All DLLs have been moved to the Windows\SxS directory and given names decorated with arbitrary strings. OK, I can live with figuring out how to build an install project, running it, and then installing the package on the target computer. Problem is, that's not enough. Once you do the installation and try to execute the program you get an obscure error message about initialization failing. It suggests that you reinstall the program, but of course that doesn't help.
    There are three work-arounds:
    1) Install the VC run-time on the target computer. The run-time is free, but it is a 92M download and takes a while to install. People who never program should not need a compiler on their computer.
    2) Use static linking of the run-time libraries, which will blow up your program size.
    3) Use MSVC 2005.
    The third solution is the most elegant.
    The 2008 version of Visual Studio has added some new goodies on the Tools and Test tabs, which I never use. It is set up to allow access to the web and databases. I don't use any of that either, since I write scientific programs for use in-house. Before installing VC 2008, make sure that the new features give you value that outweigh the non-portability of the produced executable code.

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    General
    Publisher Microsoft
    Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
    Release Date November 29, 2007
    Date Added November 29, 2007
    Version x64
    Category
    Category Developer Tools
    Subcategory Components & Libraries
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 2003, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements
  • 10MB HDD space
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    File Size 2.19MB
    File Name Not available
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 96,703
    Downloads Last Week 765
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    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free
     
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