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So much "stuff"!! What should I delete?

by babichk00 / January 1, 2010 2:39 AM PST

I'm going through my computer to get rid of "unneeded" stuff in my Add/Remove Programs section. I have a lot of "add-ons" that I'm not sure about. I have Windows XP. Here's a list:
- Microsoft .NET Framework (versions 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5)
- Microsoft Compression Client Pack 1.0 for XP
- Microsoft Silverlight
- MSXML 4.0 SP2 (there are 8 of these, all with different codes after them in () )
- Realtek AC'97 Audio
- Sonic VDF Reader
- Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool

Should I delete any/all of these programs? I'm not extremely computer savvy but it's my husbands computer and he is completely computer ignorant, so I'm not sure if he's downloaded stupid things that installed these add-ons or if they are really needed for the computer to work properly. I know it is difficult to have an answer for all these items but any info could help! Thanks

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(NT) Simply stated ""NO" !
by VAPCMD / January 1, 2010 4:10 AM PST
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I agree, let them stay
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 1, 2010 4:43 AM PST

They are not doing any harm on your computer and some are needed to enhance certain features on your system. For example the .Net Framework is now used extensively by software developers, and Silverlight is Microsoft's answer to Adobe's Flash, for web site animations and similar.

It's true that you only need the latest .Net Framework, but still, I would not uninstall the others. They don't take up much disk space, and just sit there doing little to nothing.

The other items in your list are required.

Hope that helps.

Mark

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Thanks
by babichk00 / January 1, 2010 6:55 AM PST
In reply to: I agree, let them stay

Thanks for the responses guys! I actually found a lot of the info I needed through Googling the program names. I guess I'm just a "neat" freak...

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The best approach for most is to delete unwanted programs
by VAPCMD / January 1, 2010 7:33 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

and data no longer needed. Most of the items you mentioned take little disk space and are best left as is. Removal can have undesired effects.

VAPCMD

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