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Why all these similar items?

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Hello People,

Hope you are all keeping well.

In Programs and Features there are a number of similar items. (To me, anyway)

The first list was Java 8 Update, numbering 121,  131, 151, 201. Do these need to be left as is, or do I delete the older ones?

The next head-scratcher is the attached document. Seems to be a lot of similar stuff here also. Should older stuff be removed?

Regards from Mike Cannon. AKA cespenar.

 

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They are all different. Some have old the C++ libraries, others build upon existing and wrap them all up into one. You have so many because often when a piece of software is installed, it includes the required C++ libraries in the form of Redistributable. Than once in a long time when you need it most, that exact library needed isn't included and the program will error out.

I had a few headaches while working at a NBC station dealing with special one off transcoding software that needed like C++ 2010 10.0.4502 or something. Of course GrasValley didn't think to include it in the installation...Anyways I suggest not uninstalling any of them.  It causes no harm and really they shouldn't even be in the uninstall in my opinion.

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+1 on ir's post, I removed them all but the latest a few years ago and half my programs quit working or giving errors and had to reinstall them all eventually, if it ain't broke don't try to fix it.

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