Huge results discrepency between Windows Update & Update Catalog?

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Ronin, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Ronin

    Ronin Guest

    My goal: To download post XP Service Pack 2 updates and security
    related patches.

    Background Information
    I recently created a 2nd partition on my mom's laptop and installed a
    2nd copy of Windows XP Home Edition on it (OEM version of XP Home). I
    also installed service pack 2 on this partition as well. I did this
    because my mom recently bought a whole bunch of very expensive brain
    wave related software/hardware and I didn't want anti-virus software
    etc. causing any problems for her.

    After installing SP2, I turned off the Automatic Updates service and
    connected to the Internet. I went directly to the "Microsoft Update"
    web site and downloaded/installed the programs that are required in
    order to get that web site to work properly. I also visted the "Windows
    Update Catalog" web site and repeated the above process in order to get
    that web site to work properly as well.

    I clicked on the "Custom Install" link within the "Microsoft Update"
    web site and it found a whole bunch of security updates (around 23 MB
    worth). The search results that came back were exactly what I expected
    to see.

    I then went to the "Update Catalog" web site and did a search for ALL
    available updates. The search results that came back did NOT contain
    any of the security type of patches that the "Microsoft Update" site
    had shown me. Note: I did click on the Advanced Search option just to
    make sure that all of the checkboxes were checked off.

    Here is a small sample of the "Microsoft Update" web site search
    Security Update for Windows XP (KB896424) ...
    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer for Windows XP
    (KB896688) ...

    Here is a small sample of the "Update Catalog" web site search results
    Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.1 - (Posted Date: December 03, 2003)
    Microsoft SharePoint Migration Tool - (Posted Date: September 30, 2003)

    Does anyone know why all of the security patches are missing from my
    "Update Catalog" search results?
    Ronin, Dec 7, 2005
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  2. Ronin

    Ronin Guest

    An update to my orignal post.

    I ran my search at the Update Catalog web site several times and as
    expected I kept getting back the feeble results* that I had mentioned
    in my orginal post. I decided to change my search criteria a little to
    see what would happen. Instead of using "Windows Home Edition SP2" for
    the operating system, I chose "Windows XP SP2" instead. The search
    results that came back are much more in line with what I orginally
    expected to see. Perhaps the "Update Catalog" web site still has a few
    bugs that need to fixed?

    * Under the Critical Updates and Service Packs category I was receiving
    about 20 returned results. Around 18 of them were for different
    versions of the .NET Framework for various human languages!
    Ronin, Dec 7, 2005
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  3. Ronin

    PA Bear Guest

    That is indeed screwed up!
    PA Bear, Dec 7, 2005
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