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Removing updates from "Add-Remove Programs" would be a bad idea. You would be removing updates that your system needs to run smoothly and safely.
I'm running Windows XP. My add and remove programs is filled with lists of updates. Can these be removed? question
In this excerpt from Answercast #100 I look at why program updates are important to keep on your computer.
The short answer is no.
The updates are there for a reason. You don't want to remove updates from your system as you would be removing critical security fixes to your system. Removing those updates would render your system probably more unstable and definitely more vulnerable to malware out on the internet.
So, no, you don't want to remove updates.
Now, if they are the updates that I'm thinking of... in Windows XP there is a checkbox that will let you say "Show me the updates in this list".
In other words, in Add/Remove Programs, you may have the opportunity to turn off the display of updates. It depends on which list you're looking at so I'm not going to get into real specific details here - but look around for that kind of a setting.
If it's not there, then no, you want those updates on your system. The Add/Remove Programs list is going to show them because they were, in fact, installed on your system.
But like I said, you definitely want them. You don't remove them. They are there for very specific reasons.
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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