It's an interesting group of Windows Updates this month, and I needed run a second Windows Updates scan to get them all.
Checking on a couple of Windows XP machines here which all have NET Framework 2.0, 3.0, 3.5 SP1, and 4.0 installed and updated fully.. During the normal manual scanning of Windows Updates, there were six separate updates to the various versions of NET Framework mentioned; three updates to NET 4.0 and one each to 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 SP1 respectively. In addition, there were a number of security updates to Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office.. About 19 in all on these XP computers. All downloaded correctly, then installed correctly, as well.. A restart was required and was performed.
Here's where it got unusual. After the restart, and because there have been some hinky things found lately upon secondary updates scans, I performed a second update scan on both machines.. After the scan, on both XP machines here, a single update appeared that was NOT on the original set of updates.. It was listed as "Microsoft NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and NET Framework 3.5 Family Update for NET versions 2.0 through 3.5 (KB951847) and was one of those updates which requires itself to be installed "stand-alone" BEFORE anything else is added. A quick check of KB951847 seems to show an older update, basically information about Service Pack 1 for NET 3.5, with nothing new added. The article has a "Last Reviewed" date from August 2011and Service Pack 1 was originally released in 2008. Strange.
But I went ahead and installed the update and downloaded and installed successfully.. Although no restart was required, I restarted the computers anyway.. The restart went fine and afterward, I ran a third update scan on both machines and no further updates came up.. Clearly, since this appears to be a "roll up" type of update, there must have been some sort of fix for something .NET related, but it surely isn't clear, and at this point, I'm unable to find an manual download which could be installed offline on stand-alone machines.
No real problems here, just a twist in the monthly updates scheme for those who may not be watching.
Hope this helps.
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