Just as a general statement possibly related to this thread, I offer the following:
Since running a clean install a few years ago, I have religiously installed all Windows Updates by downloading the executable file from Windows Update Catalog . I have my Windows Update set to notify only, after which I go to the normal win update site and copy/paste the KBxxxxxx numbers into the aforementioned Catalog site. Then install the updates manually. I've never had one fail to install. This includes the KB2698023 addressed in the thread.
An additional advantage of this procedure (at least to me) is I have most, if not all, update executable files for XP on my external HDD. This come in handy when updating my brother-in-law's computer because he is on dial-up internet.
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