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Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Layer Definition File

Created: 26 May 2010 • Updated: 14 Oct 2013
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This Layer Definition File (LDF) lets you create a layer that contains the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 runtime without the need to capture the installation. This provides a solution for creating the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 runtime on a system without encountering the issues related to attempting to capture an installation that supports transactions.


- Symantec Workspace Virtualization v6.1 SP1 or greater
- Symantec Workspace Virtualization Layer Definition Tool. Download.


The steps for creating the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 runtime Layer are as follows.

1. Extract the download that accompanies this article to your desktop ( - where -x.x.x.x is the LDF version).
2. Double-Click the .EXE file (VCredist-9.0.30729.17-x.x.x.x.exe). This invokes swvldf.exe (Layer Definition Tool) with the proper parameters to create the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 runtime Layer.

NOTE: As a security precaution, right click the extracted .exe file, select properties and check the "Digital Signatures" tab and ensure that "Symantec Corporation" appears in the Signature List. If the .EXE is not digitially signed with the Symantec Certificate do not run the executable on your system.