I'm choosing the components to remove from my cd (Win XP Pro) and in the services section there are 3 which I don't know whether taking out.
First, a red component, HTTP SSL: considering that I'm not going to use Internet Explorer, is it safe to remove it even if I use SSL for e-mail or other services?
Second, another red component, SNMP: there is a generic reference to printer support and agents that monitor the activity in network devices and report to the network console workstation. Does it have something to do with router connection, USB devices for connecting to the local router or stuff like that? If wireless printing support (or USB printing) is needed, can SNMP be safely removed anyway?
Third, a black component, Network DDE: does its removal affect the local router connection and security issues?
Fourth, another black component, QoS RSVP (and related QoS): does it have something to do with internet USB keys (such as dLink) for router connection (or HSDPA connection)? If so, should I keep it?
Following the full list of components in Services section:
Application Layer Gateway
Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC)
Extensible Authentication Protocol Service
Health Key and Certificate Management Service
Imapi CD burning COM Services
Internet Authentication (IAS)
IPSEC Policy Agent
Kerberos Key Distribution Center
Network Access Protection (NAP)
Network Location Awareness (NLA)
Performance Logs and Alerts
QoS RSVP and Quality of Service
Route Listening Servise
Service Advertising Protocol
Simple TCP/IP Services
System Event Notification (SENS)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Text Services Framework
Uninterruptible Power Supply
Universal Plug and Play
Volume Shadow Copy
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Windows Management Instrumentation
Lastly, this is my list of components to remove: Alerter, Application Layer Gateway, Distributed Link Tracking Client, Error Reporting, IMAPI CD burning com services, Indexing Services, Messenger, QoS RSVP, Remote Registry, Removable Storage, Service Advertising Protocol, TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper, Telnet, Text Services Framework, Volume Shadow Copy.
Since I use a router connection (sometimes a HSDPA key), do you think that removal of any of the components of my list would badly affect my internet connection?
Do you think I could include something else on my components list, something absolutely unuseful that I missed at first sight?
Dism for Windows 7 offers no function to remove components like in Windows 8 or at least I didn't find it.
Example for Dism in Windows 8
DISM.exe /Online /Disable-Feature /Featurename:Solitaire /Remove
However in Windows 7 you can remove single components via Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> Turn Windows Features on or off.
This starts OptionalFeatures.exe, but I couldn't find any arguments for this exe. With WinToolkit you can for example only remove the whole game group, but not single games.
Is there a way to remove components via a command?