vc++ 2008 redistributable

I have a win32 console app that I compiled under 'Release' mode in visual studio VC++ 2008.

I followed the MS setup tutorial using the iexpress.exe and try to include the correct version of vcredist_x86.exe to my installation package.

On my machine there are the following versions for this:

 C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v6.0A\Bootstrapper\Packages\vcredist_x86
07/18/2009  01:13 AM         1,843,544 vcredist_x86.exe
               1 File(s)      1,843,544 bytes

C:\Program Files\Microsoft SDKs\Windows\v7.0A\Bootstrapper\Packages\vcredist_x86
02/20/2011  01:14 PM         4,995,416 vcredist_x86.exe
               1 File(s)      4,995,416 bytes

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\SDK\v2.0\BootStrapper\Packages\vcredist_x86
07/12/2009  02:12 AM         2,705,744 vcredist_x86.exe
               1 File(s)      2,705,744 bytes

I tried the one in v7.0A, and upon install, it says something for 2010, so I take that it is for VS2010?
I then tried the one in v6.0A, and upon installation, it didn't say anything and run through install very fast (but my main C++ application exe is not installed...)

So, one question, which version of these correspond to VC++ 2008? Or could I go online to download from MS website? I thought using local copy of this redist where I did the development would stand most likely to work on client computers, right? Please help.
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TongZAuthor Commented:

After repeated trial and error, I finally got the installer to work. The VC++ runtime libraries are all in the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86) at Microsoft Web site:

The installer includes this vcredist_x86.exe and install it first, then copy my console app into its target folder, then it worked.
QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
You certainly know the redist does not contain your application? It won't get installed that way ;-)
TongZAuthor Commented:
Yes, I know that. My own application is already the first entry in the iexpress file inclusion list. This same install package actually installed on a window 7 machine, but it didn't install the application on a window 8 machine.

Anyway, i would like to know the differences among those different version of vcredist_x86.exe(s). Help?
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QlemoBatchelor, Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
The internal version numbers for VS are confusing. You can see an overview at, and that tells us VS2008 is 9.0, so none of those vcredist files fit.
TongZAuthor Commented:
So, do you think the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86) at Microsoft Web site:

is the one?
TongZAuthor Commented:
This question is related to the installation package that I have been building, the process of including runtime libraries indeed involved quite a bit of trial-n-error (not intentionally of course). In the end, it is proven that Microsoft's online version of the VC++2008 SP1 redistributable should be used for VC++ 2008 programs. It would be logical to deduce that for VC++2010, one would get Microsoft online version of the VC++2010 SP1 redistributable.

@Olemo also provided supportive information that help steer me towards the online version, I felt he/she should obtain partial  points, but not sure how to do that or if that's possible. Nonetheless, the actual trial-n-error on multiple windows OS using multiple versions of the redist ultimately led to the definitive answer.
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