Posted 07 June 2009 - 11:31 AM
I don't see any risk, nor do I see anything I would consider a gain...as a result of removing these. To me, it's kind of like trying to sweep the floor of a house built on nothing but bare earth with no subfloor other than the dirt.
When users decide to "tidy" up Windows, they generally do much more harm than good...failing to consider that maybe a computer system is not supposed to be a "tidy" place in the same sense that a simple house may be.
In any case, self-inflicted-wound learning lessons are those which seem to serve some of us best.
A repair install of XP removes all updates since a given point...for those who find that they want to uninstall critical updates previously installed. For users who cannot do a repair install, I know of no other options.