Visual Studio C++ (Windows)

dominover1

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I'm a little confused about the Visual Studio C++ compiler.
I went to download and install Visual Studio C++ today and a message came up telling me I already have a more updated version on my computer. Not sure how this is as I never installed it.

I have Windows XP.

Is it installed in Windows XP? If so, how do I use it.
Is it the Visual Studio C++ IDE which I have to pay for?
Very confused.
Thanks
 

root

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what version of visual studio did you download?
if you look in your installed programs you probably already have C++ runtime re-distributable. -these may be more up to date than whatever version of visual studio you downloaded.

of course, the next question is, where did you download Visual studio from??
 

berry120

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As root said, I'd be willing to bet you're downloading the visual C++ runtime rather than visual studio!
 

berry120

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Thanks, but what I'm asking is, why is there Visual Studio on my PC?
I didn't install it.. Does that mean it was built in to windows?

Visual Studio likely *isn't* on your PC. The Visual C++ Runtime is something that often comes with your PC, yes, and is used to run C++ applications that may have been developed in Visual Studio. Big difference.
 

root

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how do you use visual studio?

that rather depends on the version of virtual studio that you downloaded, and what language you want to write code in.
 
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