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    KB 954430 - To Install or Not To Install (XP SP2)

    After reading the Details of this update I thought I'd ask for some feedback on this one, as once it is installed, it cannot be removed. This is the XML Core Services patch/update. How necessary is this ?? Are the XML Core Services an integral part of the OS or something added on to support a service or program ?? I'm not getting any satisfactory information from Google searches.
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    Re: KB 954430 - To Install or Not To Install (XP SP2)

    I used to try to determine which updates were relevant for me, but I've given up - life's too short. I simply install everything Microsoft throws at me (with one exception, an incorrect update for my video drivers; I've told Microsoft Update not to remind me of it any more).

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    Re: KB 954430 - To Install or Not To Install (XP SP2)

    I guess I'm "sort of" in Hans' camp Doc. I just installed this one yesterday and don't see any perceivable impacts. I do ALL the ones that MS puts the magic word "security" on, simply out of nervousness (including 954430). On some of the others I pick and choose, but even then, I install most of them.

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    Re: KB 954430 - To Install or Not To Install (XP SP2)

    Its predecessor, MS07-42, included one for XML 4.0 also, and it wasn't possible to remove that one either, the usual way, as you maybe know.

    Quote MSFT:
    "This situation occurs because this version of MSXML is installed in side-by-side mode."

    There is a "to work around this issue" in the KB for the 4.0 update of the MS08-069; 954430.

    Or in the main update KB article MS08-069 as usual.
    Under Security Update Deployment, Deployment Information (for your OS, Windows XP), section Removing the Update
    <hr>Removing MSXML 4.0

    This version of Microsoft XML Core Services is installed in a side-by-side mode with pervious (Sic!) versions of MSXML4. Follow these steps to remove the security update:

    1. Remove the security update by using the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.
    2. Delete the Msxml4.dll file from the %SystemRoot%System32 folder.
    3. Repair previous Msxml4.dll by using the Add or Remove Programs tool in Control Panel.

    Note The previous versions of the Msxml4.dll and Msxml4r.dll files are restored to both the %SystemRoot%System32 folder and the side-by-side folder %SystemRoot%WinSxS.<hr>
    Have you looked at this as part of your googling and the “Details of this update”?

    I don't have XML 4 and haven't looked at the issue. Are there any significant known problems (apart from the ones mentioned in the KBs) with the MS08-069 update for XML?

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    Re: KB 954430 - To Install or Not To Install (XP SP2)

    Thanks guys. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> I wasn't sure if I had the previous versions of this on my system and simply don't like to install something from MS that "can't" be removed and was too lazy to do an image before installing this patch just to get a patch I may not need. I try to cautiously add the monthly patches 1 or 2 at a time and see what effect they have for a couple days before adding more. I was trying to follow Woody's recommendations, but it seems he's gotten busy with some new venture and hasn't been able to keep his patch reliability page up to date since July. I'd considered trying to download the patch to my system and then installing it using TotalUninstall to monitor the installation, but thought that might cause it's own set of problems and be more trouble than it was worth too.

    It was Argus post that kicked me in the head and got me looking for previous versions .dll files. I have them, so I suppose I'll just go ahead and install the patch straight up. Thanks again for the input.
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