What are these programs - do I need them ?

#1
Microsoft Visual C ++ 2005 Redistributable

Just having a clean up on my PC and under add remove programs found these. What are they for, can I remove any ?

Microsoft Visual C ++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.17

Microsoft compression client pack 1.0 for windows XP

Microsoft Internationalized domain names mitigation APIs

Microsoft national language support downlevel APIs

Microsoft NET. framework 1.0

Microsoft NET framework 2.0

Microsoft user-mode driver framework feature pack 1.0

System requirements lab
 

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#2
Just delete them one at a time. If the computer fails to work then you needed them. Process of elimination right?
 
#3
I'd leave the .Net stuff, many programmes need them.
 
#4
Taffnp said:
Microsoft Visual C ++ 2005 Redistributable

Just having a clean up on my PC and under add remove programs found these. What are they for, can I remove any ?

Microsoft Visual C ++ 2008 Redistributable – x86 9.0.30729.17

Microsoft compression client pack 1.0 for windows XP
To do with compression & windows updates
For reducing the amount of a file that has to be sent in an update?

Microsoft Internationalized domain names mitigation APIs
Supposedly has some protection for spoofing
It looks like if this is removed you will get various problems in explorer

Microsoft national language support downlevel APIs

Microsoft NET. framework 1.0

Microsoft NET framework 2.0

Microsoft user-mode driver framework feature pack 1.0

System requirements lab
http://www.systemrequirementslab.com/
Most of those are likely to have come with Windows updates etc and may be required by software that you have. With the exception of 'Microsoft Internationalized domain names mitigation APIs' which has reports of problems if removed you should have the option to remove and see if it makes a difference, you can always download & reinstall.

System requirements will have been used to check the PC for suitability with software
 
#5
Think I will just leave them all on there, not doing any harm. Better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them
 

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