Here's the problem. If this machine accesses the internet then it is part of a network. Removing what you noted can result in loss of internet access.
In closing, we only lose what we didn't backup. For a test think about what you would lose if this hard disk died. Are your ready?
...NETGEAR program folders and Printhood folder?
Also, subfolders in the NetHood folder are as follows:
1. Drive D: (which is all my music, photos, videos)
2. "Entire Network" (subfolders workgroup> xxx's PC> Drive D, Printers and Faxes, Scheduled Tasks
3. "Web Client Network"
4. Several individual items from my documents folder
As a newbie, are these just shortcuts/copies that can be deleted? I think they are shortcuts because clicking on "Properties" gives the Type as either folder or file folder and then the Target is D:\ or C:\documents and settings\
Exceptions: right-click doesn't show properties of "Printers and Faxes" or "Scheduled Tasks", only options to explore or open.
I'm using Windows XP Pro and am trying to get rid of programs I don't use, but am worried about deleting folders used by other programs.