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    Windows Update and the registry...

    OK, I used to be an 'expert' on Windows Update for Win9x. Then MS moved everything to the V4 site -- and now I have to learn everything all over again.[img]/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif[/img]

    Does the V4 site still check the registry to see if you are "up to date"? I keep believing that it does, but in all honesty I am not sure. I don't remember if I have truly investigated this after the move to V4. Now a user has a Windows Update problem that SEEMS like it should be resolved by modifying the registry -- but I cannot figure out if the 'new' V4 Windows Update is using the registry or not...

    Does anyone know for sure?? Thanks.

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    Re: Windows Update and the registry...

    My understanding is that it does. As a matter of fact sometimes if you have problems with some of the updates working properly you have to remove them from the registry before Windows Auot Update will reinstall them. Which tells me that it is seeing the 1st installation of that update in the registry.
    Read this post. <!post=Windows Updates,228373>Windows Updates<!/post>

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    Re: Windows Update and the registry...

    Yeah, that is my post. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> But I have come across some questions where this does not entirely seem to make sense. If I ever get enough time I will look into it further.
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    Well, it looks like the V4 site does the same as the prior WU site. It most definitely uses a registry scan to determine the updates.

    I am having a problem figuring out HOW Windows Update determines that the Feb 2003 Update is applied. Neither the Security Bulletin nor the related MSKB article gives out this information.

    I have clearly determined that the following registry entries are NOT used to determine this information:

    1) The "Minor Version" value.

    2) HKLMSoftwareMicrosoftActive SetupInstalled Components{C34F4917-ED43-439f-9023-97B0024A2B3B}

    3) HKLMSOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerActiveX Compatibility{970C7E08-05A7-11D0-89AA-00A0C9054129}

    4) HKLMSOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftwindowsSystem"HelpQua lifiedRootDir"

    So... something else in the registry is responsible. Any one know WHAT?? Thanks.

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    Re: Windows Update and the registry...

    The Windows Installer has a lot of stuff in the Registry, although I looked at it a few weeks ago and couldn't figure out how it worked.

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    Re: Windows Update and the registry...

    I think my only way to find the answer will be to find a computer that does not have the update and install it -- while monitoring th registry changes. <img src=/S/frown.gif border=0 alt=frown width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windows Update and the registry...

    Rick--

    Don't know if these regedits from WinGuides' Configure Windows Update Services will get you close to anyplace in the registry you're looking for but thought I would pass this on. He offers 900+ and growing regedits for Windows, IE, OE, Office and hardware categories and always provides the manual counterpart for the 2-click gui regedits in his apps or on the site.

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