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Windows 7 x64 Install of Visual C++ 2010 Express leaves 25 files on C:\ ???

    Question

  • The install seemed to complete successfully, but there is a lot of rubbish left at C:\ (see below)

    I am surprised as this is a very fresh Windows 7 install and expected latest VC++ to install flawlessly, not "mess the bed" as it seems to have done.

    Is this a known problem or am I just 'lucky'?

    Is there any special procedure should be taken installing on Windows 7 x64? Run installer 'as Administrator' for example?

    Not happy at seeing this mess.

     

    Here is a dir excerpt:

     

     Directory of c:\

     

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM            17,734 eula.1028.txt

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM            17,734 eula.1031.txt

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM            10,134 eula.1033.txt

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM            17,734 eula.1036.txt

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM            17,734 eula.1040.txt

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM               118 eula.1041.txt

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM            17,734 eula.1042.txt

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM            17,734 eula.2052.txt

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM            17,734 eula.3082.txt

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM             1,110 globdata.ini

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM           855,040 install.exe

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM               843 install.ini

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM            75,280 install.res.1028.dll

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM            95,248 install.res.1031.dll

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM            90,128 install.res.1033.dll

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM            96,272 install.res.1036.dll

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM            94,224 install.res.1040.dll

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM            80,400 install.res.1041.dll

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM            78,864 install.res.1042.dll

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM            74,768 install.res.2052.dll

    07/11/2007  08:44 AM            95,248 install.res.3082.dll

    14/07/2009  01:20 PM    <DIR>          PerfLogs

    12/05/2010  01:12 AM    <DIR>          Program Files

    12/05/2010  01:12 AM    <DIR>          Program Files (x86)

    30/04/2010  09:35 PM    <DIR>          Users

    07/11/2007  08:00 AM             5,686 vcredist.bmp

    07/11/2007  08:50 AM         1,927,956 VC_RED.cab

    07/11/2007  08:53 AM           242,176 VC_RED.MSI

    20/03/2010  09:55 AM         2,073,703 VS_EXPBSLN_x64_enu.CAB

    20/03/2010  09:58 AM           551,424 VS_EXPBSLN_x64_enu.MSI

    12/05/2010  01:12 AM    <DIR>          Windows

     

     

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 1:16 PM

Answers

  • Thanks for the reply.

     

    I am disappointed to hear that there is no known resolution to this at it appears to have been a problem going back to November 2008 and Visual Studio 9.0 beta.

    I have since found more than a few people observing what I have observed.

    Look here:

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/windowssdk/thread/f31fbe3a-c5fa-487d-a0f7-2c49db61ae69/

    I can't understand my the MS employee Karin Meier suddenly went quiet on this thread (after sounding so interested) with no resolution.

     

    Could the Windows 7 UAC adjustments have something to do with this?

    I have them left at defaults for now. It seems to get fussy about doing things in certain folders without elevation. Surely C:\ is one such place. Do I need to run the installer elevated? Surely not...

     

    Anyway, I will try again and see if I am luckier this time!

     

    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Tuesday, May 18, 2010 6:19 AM
    Monday, May 17, 2010 12:33 PM
  • Hi Peterg4000,

    Thank you for your post.

    I tried to install Visual C++ Express 2010 on my Windows 7 machine. I could not reproduce the scenario that you came across.

    Based on the names of these files, they look like some temporary files like installation configuration file, installation package and EULA file.
    I think that they are just temporary. By default, they should be deleted automatically after the installation.

    I'm not quite sure which blocks the removing of these files.
    However, you can try to install Visual C++ 2010. If these files are generated again after the installation, you can manually delete them. It should not affect Visual C++ 2010.

    Hope this helps! If you have any concern, please feel free to let me know.

    Best regards,
    Yichun Chen
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    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Tuesday, May 18, 2010 6:19 AM
    Thursday, May 13, 2010 8:46 AM

All replies

  • Actually I just uninstalled Visual C++ Express 2010 and (manually) all related components, and these files disappeared.

    This seems to indicate these files are on C:\ on purpose, or at least the installer/uninstaller remembers where they are.

    Are Microsoft seriously using C:\ as a storage area for this sort of thing?

     

    Is this normal or is something wrong?

    I tried using Visual C++ as it was, but opening an old project format offered to convert, but then did absolutely nothing. - No convert and back to the home screen.

    So I figured the install was 'unstable' thus I did the uninstall.

     

    Surprised at how all of this is 'not really working'...

     

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 2:12 PM
  • Hi Peterg4000,

    Thank you for your post.

    I tried to install Visual C++ Express 2010 on my Windows 7 machine. I could not reproduce the scenario that you came across.

    Based on the names of these files, they look like some temporary files like installation configuration file, installation package and EULA file.
    I think that they are just temporary. By default, they should be deleted automatically after the installation.

    I'm not quite sure which blocks the removing of these files.
    However, you can try to install Visual C++ 2010. If these files are generated again after the installation, you can manually delete them. It should not affect Visual C++ 2010.

    Hope this helps! If you have any concern, please feel free to let me know.

    Best regards,
    Yichun Chen
    Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they help and unmark them if they provide no help.
    Welcome to the All-In-One Code Framework! If you have any feedback, please tell us.
    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Tuesday, May 18, 2010 6:19 AM
    Thursday, May 13, 2010 8:46 AM
  • Thanks for the reply.

     

    I am disappointed to hear that there is no known resolution to this at it appears to have been a problem going back to November 2008 and Visual Studio 9.0 beta.

    I have since found more than a few people observing what I have observed.

    Look here:

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/windowssdk/thread/f31fbe3a-c5fa-487d-a0f7-2c49db61ae69/

    I can't understand my the MS employee Karin Meier suddenly went quiet on this thread (after sounding so interested) with no resolution.

     

    Could the Windows 7 UAC adjustments have something to do with this?

    I have them left at defaults for now. It seems to get fussy about doing things in certain folders without elevation. Surely C:\ is one such place. Do I need to run the installer elevated? Surely not...

     

    Anyway, I will try again and see if I am luckier this time!

     

    • Marked as answer by YiChun Chen Tuesday, May 18, 2010 6:19 AM
    Monday, May 17, 2010 12:33 PM
  • Hi Peterg4000,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I'm not quite sure whether it would be related to the UAC.
    However, when we install Visual Studio products on Windows 7, we had better right click the installer and click "Run as Administrator" with elevated permission.

    I really appreciate that you're interested in this issue. If you can find any evidence, please let me know. I believe that this will also benefit other community members.

    Thank you very much advanced.

    Best regards,
    Yichun Chen
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    Tuesday, May 18, 2010 6:19 AM
  • I know this topic is a little old, but I just installed C++ VS2010 Express and the same files are in my C:/ root. Apparently this is still an issue for Windows 7 x64 users.
    Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:21 PM
  • It is still occurring as of 3/25/2011

    Saturday, March 26, 2011 11:24 PM
  • It is still occurring as of 3/25/2011

    still happen as of May 21/2011 on my win7x64 + vc2010 expression

    very annoying. but today is supposed to be the end of world so I guess this can be marked as unimportant.

     


    Sunday, May 22, 2011 3:27 AM
  • It is still occurring as of 3/25/2011

    still happen as of May 21/2011 on my win7x64 + vc2010 expression

    very annoying. but today is supposed to be the end of world so I guess this can be marked as unimportant.

     


    Happened today, 1/17/2012 same win7x64 and all
    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 1:32 AM
  • still happen to me as of 2/14/2012 on my just fresh win7x64 + VS2010 PREMIUM

    any reason ? any solution ?

    btw,  eow is not 2011, it's supposed to be end of 2012 ! so we still have time for any patch ?

    many thx MS



    • Edited by cybseb Wednesday, February 15, 2012 12:24 PM
    Wednesday, February 15, 2012 12:20 PM
  • Did an install of Visual Web Developer 2010 in february this year.  Just now noticed these files on the C:\ drive.

    No one has specified whether or not there would be any bad reactions if these files were just deleted, as I am inclined to do.  This is very important because space on this hard drive is at a premium (before starting the current clean up process there were only 200 mb of 232 GB left.)

    So my question is "Can I delete these files?"

    Update:  went to link that PeterG4000 referenced above.  And a person on that site reference the link http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950683 reporting that this was a known bug in VS 2008 and would be fixed in VS 2008 SP1.  Since I did not specifically install VS 2008 but did install the client tools of SS 2008 and its SP1 (including BIDS and Books Online), it must have come from there.  We were not able to install any later SP for SS2008 because it required a group policy to be set that allows local admins to write to the log files, and our domain group policy does not allow that.

    Both the support link and the forums link above state that they may be deleted.

    Additional Update:

    The support link does not address every file in the list provided by the OP.  (Nor every file on my machine.)  for example "VS_EXPBSLN_x64_enu.CAB".  Another MS community site says keep those.  But I see no logic in doing so, when the others can be deleted.  Will investigate further.


    Edward R. Joell MCSD MCDBA



    • Edited by joeller Friday, October 19, 2012 4:26 PM More Info
    Friday, October 19, 2012 1:25 PM