WSUS shows update is not needed, Windows update website says it is

Discussion in 'Update Services' started by BrianML, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. BrianML

    BrianML Guest

    Update # 896727 shows not needed on WSUS, for Windows XP SP2. Yet when i go
    to the Windows Update site it is listed as an update that is availible for
    the same computer. Any Idea's?

    Thank You
    BrianML, Oct 4, 2005
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  2. You need to be careful when reviewing these type of updates on WSUS.

    There are actually two different sets of metadata that would seem to apply
    to Windows XP.

    "Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1
    (KB896727)" and
    "Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer for Windows XP (KB896727)"

    The former will show as "Not Needed", as it only applies to IE6SP1 on
    Windows 2000 systems,
    while the latter should be detected as "Needed" for all XP systems.
    Lawrence Garvin, Oct 4, 2005
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  3. BrianML

    BrianML Guest

    Thank you for your response. I see the two different updates, the update for
    Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1
    says its for windows 2000 and windows xp family.
    It applied to my XPSP1 systems. How am i to tell what to approve.
    BrianML, Oct 4, 2005
  4. In general, the updates for IE for XP (SP2) will be listed for Windows XP.

    The updates for the generic IE6SP1 on Windows 2000 (and sometimes on XP or
    XP/SP1) will be listed for IE6 SP1.

    The IE6 that exists in XP SP2 is actually different from the IE6SP1 that
    exists on Win2000, WinXP, and WinXP/SP1 systems.

    While it's never been given the label, you can think of this as IE6SP2. :)

    The /best/ way to determine which ones you need where is to mark them all as
    "Detect Only" and then review what the client reports that it needs, and
    approve those accordingly. Hopefully this will be consistent with what is
    recorded in the metadata.

    Note also that you need to /unapprove/ all superceded Cumulative Updates,
    because a 'bug' in the detection logic of the WUA with regard to CumUpdates
    for IE/OE, fails to properly exclude superceded Cumulative Updates.

    My original response is slightly inaccurate, as you've aptly noted, but the
    concept remains the same. Depending on the update, sometimes the update
    applies to all IE on all XP systems, sometimes it only applies to the
    IE6(SP2) on XP SP2 systems. It's a case-by-case basis, so the best
    methodology is to read the metadata and observe what the WUA reports that it
    Lawrence Garvin, Oct 4, 2005
  5. BrianML

    BrianML Guest

    Thank you very much for your thorough response i have a much better
    understanding now.
    BrianML, Oct 4, 2005
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