You asked if it could be removed, not reduce boot time. My system boots in about 45 seconds, is it really an issue waiting for less than a minute?
Anyway, you can reduce boot time by checking what programs launch on start, things like Java update, nero, etc just stop them by again using the msconfig and selecting the startup tab and unchecking the stuff you don't want. Other things you can do is remove icons from your desktop, empty recycling bin, defrag your HDD, uninstall unused software and bloatware. Delay start of antivirus.
Check your bios, (this will be done by pressing either F1, F10, or the DEL key when booting,)look for a quick boot mode and if it has one set it. Doing so will cause your computer to skip the boot-up memory tests and Power On Self Tests. While in your bios check th eboot order and make sure your HDD is first and not CD or USB.