Somewhat longer answer is that if you remove that particular update, it will expose you to that vulnerability again, quite possibly others. Most of those updates have been supplanted by more recent updates, because the same file(s) are in question. So you remove an older update, it puts back the version of the file from before that update, and you end up undoing any subsequent updates to that specific file.
I'm running Windows XP Pro and the latest updates are for SP 3.
Without installing any new programs on my PC I've noted that almost all of my hard drive space has been taken up and I need to delete files to make more room. I've moved all of my graphics and large files to an external drive and my hard drive is still too full.
But I have hundreds of security updates going all the way back to 2010. And I have hundreds of security updates for Explorer 8, which I don't even use. And I have entries in Add/Remove Programs for Microsoft Net Framwork 1.1, 2.0 SP 2, and 3.0 SP 2, and 2.5 SP1, and I've got Visual C ++ 2005 and 2008....
Can I safely remove some of these to recover disk space since I have SP 3 and don't use IE8 and don't known if I really need all the other files.
Please help! Thanks