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  1. Additional components when installing 3ds Max: what are they, why are they needed and can they be removed? NOTE: This is a translation of my article in Russian, available here: https://vk.com/@frskcstms-3dsmax-additional-components In this article, I want to talk about additional components that are installed along with 3ds Max (most often without your knowledge) and take up a lot of space on your HDD / SSD, but their presence is not always necessary. DISCLAIMER #1: All tests were conducted on 3ds Max versions 2015 and 2020. Some information is taken from open sources and paraphrased. The author of this article doesn't bear any responsibility for possible inoperability that arose after the installation / removal of a particular component - all actions you do at your own peril and risk. DISCLAIMER #2: This article periodically discusses the use of unlicensed versions of Autodesk products. The author doesn't welcome such behavior and advises (but doesn't force), nevertheless, to acquire licenses legally. Especially in cases of commercial use. So, what are the components we install? Let's start with a component that is present in almost all versions of 3ds Max, but few people know why it is actually needed. The following 3 components can be conditionally linked together, because their purpose is almost the same - to provide the user of one Autodesk program with the ability to open files in another and work with them. The whole "trinity" can be safely removed or not installed. Next we have real "eaters" of free space, dividing into the number of components from 3 to 5-7, depending on the version of 3ds Max. The next category is rendering systems. Many of you have heard of programs such as V-Ray or Corona Renderer. So, this is the same thing, the only difference is that the above programs are paid and refer to 3ds Max only indirectly, and the following ones are installed with it by default, while most are simply not needed, since usually either the standard Scanline Renderer system is used, or the aforementioned V-Ray, Corona, etc. are installed immediately. The penultimate part of our "exposure" is a small "tinsel". Usually it's left for last, but not in this case. And finally, I'll tell you about a component that many lovers of pirated versions of relatively new versions of Autodesk products hated. Remembering Disclaimer #2 at the beginning of the article, I repeat that, of course, it is better to buy licenses, but not everyone does it. I won't describe the possible reasons why they aren't bought, but I'll write how to get rid of this annoying component. There are several methods, I suggest the most effective. Thank you for reading this article to the end. I hope you found it helpful.
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