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How to remove and reinstall Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Libraries

Issue

You would like to know how to remove and reinstall the Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Libraries in order to correct a problem with your Autodesk software, such as a "general failure" during installation (due to a conflict with installer prerequisites) or any type of misbehavior or crash during normal operation.

Solution

Uninstalling Visual C++ is done just like any other program on your system. The different versions and components will be listed in Programs and Features (or Add or Remove Programs for Windows XP). To uninstall Microsoft Visual C++:

  1. Open Programs and Features from the Windows Control Panel (or Add or Remove Programs for Windows XP). An easy way to bring this up on non-Windows XP systems is to type "programs and features" in the search field at the bottom of the Start menu.

  2. Uninstall everything that starts with "Microsoft Visual C++."

  3. Download and install all of the following:

    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable (x86)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable (x64)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable (x86)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable (x64)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable (x86)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable (x64)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2012 Update 4 Redistributable (x86 and x64)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2013 Redistributable (x86 and x64)
    Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable (x86 and x64)

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