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Download the Redistributables

To download the Visual C++ Redistributables to a local folder, use Save-VcRedist. This will read the array of Visual C++ Redistributables returned from Get-VcList and download each one to a local folder specified in -Path. Use the -Release or -Architecture parameters in Get-VcList to filter for specific Visual C++ Redistributables.

Save-VcRedist downloads the Redistributables and returns the array passed from Get-VcList to the pipeline so that it can be passed to other functions Install-VcRedist.


Required parameters

  • VcList - An array containing details of the Visual C++ Redistributables from Get-VcList
  • Path - A folder to downloaded Visual C++ Redistributables into

Optional parameters

  • Proxy - Specify a proxy server to use when downloading the Visual C++ Redistributables
  • ProxyCredential - If the proxy server requires authentication, credentials can be specified as an PSCredential object


To download the default list of Redistributables to C:\Temp\VcRedist, use the following command:

New-Item -Path C:\Temp\VcRedist -ItemType Directory
Get-VcList | Save-VcRedist -Path C:\Temp\VcRedist

Redistributables are downloaded into the target folder:

Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables installed on the local PC

Pass the list of 2013 and 2019 x86 supported Visual C++ Redistributables to Save-VcRedist and downloads the Redistributables to C:\Redist.

$VcList = Get-VcList -Release 2013, 2019 -Architecture x86
Save-VcRedist -VcList $VcList -Path C:\Redist

Download the 2012, 2013, and 2019 Visual C++ Redistributables to C:\Redist.

Save-VcRedist -VcList (Get-VcList -Release 2012, 2013, 2019) -Path C:\Redist

Downloads the 2012, 2013, and 2019 Visual C++ Redistributables to C:\Redist using the proxy server 'proxy.domain.local'

Save-VcRedist -VcList (Get-VcList -Release 2012, 2013, 2019) -Path C:\Redist -Proxy proxy.domain.local