VCRedist from VC++ 2008 installs temporary files in root directory

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Action

Installing the Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (VCRedist_x86.exe, VCRedist_x64.exe, VCRedist_ia64.exe) for Visual Studio 2008 RTM.

 

Result

Following files are generated on the root directory of a drive that has the largest available space in the system :
install.exe
install.res.1028.dll
install.res.1031.dll
install.res.1033.dll
install.res.1036.dll
install.res.1040.dll
install.res.1041.dll
install.res.1042.dll
install.res.2052.dll
install.res.3082.dll
vcredist.bmp
globdata.ini
install.ini
eula.1028.txt
eula.1031.txt
eula.1033.txt
eula.1036.txt
eula.1040.txt
eula.1041.txt
eula.1042.txt
eula.2052.txt
eula.3082.txt
VC_RED.MSI
VC_RED.cab

 

Cause

These temporary files are erroneously generated by the installer into the root directory of one of your drives, instead of the temp directory.

 

Resolution

These files are unnecessary and can be safely deleted from the system. The functioning of the runtime library will not be affected by this.
Its a known bug and is fixed in VS2008 SP1.
his is a problem with a VCRedist for the RTM version of VS 2008.  Developers should be using a later version.  See
Latest Supported Visual C++ Downloads
For example, for Visual Studio 2008, you should be using:
Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package MFC Security Update

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