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Why can't I uninstall Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 redistributable packages?

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I have an issue with installing Windows SDK 7.1 because the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 redistributable packages installed on my computer are newer than the ones Windows SDK 7.1 is trying to install.
The solution is to uninstall the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 redistributable packages before installing the SDK 7.1. However, I am unable do so from 'Add or Remove Programs' under Control Panel in Windows. If I click on one of the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 redistributable packages, nothing will happen. Furthermore, if I select the redistributable packages, the "Uninstall" button disappears.

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MathWorks Support Team
MathWorks Support Team on 15 Jun 2018
Some PC manufacturers pre-install programs on their computers. Some of these programs use the Visual C++ 2010 redistributable packages and prevent them from being uninstalled.
The workaround involves the use of a Microsoft utility or a third-party software.
1. Microsoft provides a utility called Fix It that can address uninstalling issues:
2. Alternatively, if the above does not work, there may be other free tools available, such as
CCleaner:
Note that MathWorks does not officially support or endorse using any of these third-party software and cannot guarantee their proper operation. You assume all risks involved in their use.

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