Honestly it doesn't really matter that much.
Yes, you can remove the internet explorer" windows feature".
this removes the browser. It doesn't remove the engine. Lots of internal windows stuff will carry on calling, and using IE to do "stuff". Anything that calls mshtml.dll, for e.g. will use IE. Old sharepoinjt stuff will. Certain interactions from your other "safe" browsers with explorer.exe act in such a way that the IE engine is used (etc etc etc)
So while it partially helps, it's really no solution. We need a patch still.
The "workaround" MS are advising here is the *exact same one* they put forward for the last one or two IE related CVEs, so anyone who hasn't done that already, just isn't looking / caring.