Solved: Windows Update History Discrepancy

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patmac

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Hi,
I just took a look at my Windows update history, and it shows some "Failed" updates. Whenever an update has failed in the past, I re-tried and it worked. I checked in Add/Remove Programs, and some of the updates Windows says failed, are showing there as installed. A few are missing. The one that bugs me is, Windows Update says IE 7 failed, but I've been using IE 7 since that date. Verified this under Help in IE.
Any ideas why the discrepancy? How do I re-try the ones that are not in Add/Remove and also do say failed?
Thanks for your time,
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When you download an update and it fails that entry will remain in your update history even if you try again and it succeeds. So if you see KB123456 failed and after that you see KB123456 succeeded then you're OK.

Another indication is if an update fails and you go back to the site, it will say you still need to install the update. If it succeeds it won't say you need it anymore.

Sometimes the actual KB number won't show up in Add/Remove programs (with show updates). For example I just installed .NET Framework 3.0 which is update KB928416. In Add/Remove programs it shows up as .NET Framework 3.0 but the KB number doesn't show up at all.
 

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stantley, All is as you say. Thanks again for your time.
 
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