For the most part I don't install any of the above, I'm a minimalist with my installs.
Usually Windows, latest version of IE, Office, Media player, Direct X and service pack for NT flavours, drivers (usually Intel based motherboard, NVidia video, Creative sound) D tools lite, WinRAR, WinRAR, that's it, no updates.
Office or IE installs the installer update, (needed by Dtools) and none of the drivers I use need .net or C++
I do have 1 troublesome game Dark Reign needs Direct 7 from memory and only 7 The installer wont let you pass if it cant find it.
But as long as you install, copy the game somewhere else, reinstall windows and install whatever version of DirectX you want. The game runs fine without going though the install routine.
Think Mist had similar thing with QuickTime