First, thank-you to everyone who responded. After some fooling around, here's what I've come up with: I definitely can't go to the Windows Update site without Internet Explorer. And, I can't install IE, because even with IE6 SP1 (supposedly the latest), I get a message saying a more recent version already exists on my computer. Huh?
I know components can't actually be removed, but I did the "Remove Windows Components" thing for IE a long time ago. Therefore, I couldn't figure where the "more recent version" was coming from. Then, I realized: I use MS Picture It Photo 2002 at lot, and, every so often, I uninstall it, get rid of any leftover program files, also get rid of registry entries. Then, I reinstall Picture It. And every time, right in front of me, is a message saying that IE will be automatically updated during the installation. This must account for the "more recent version" of IE.
Anyway, I can still get updates from the Win Update site, but ONLY if I have the SP2 Security Center settings on "Automatic." The other options ("Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them," and "Notify me but don't automatically download and install them")get me nowhere. The problem here, of course, is that I'll get some updates I probably don't need
Just wanted to let you know what happened, and thanks again to everyone!!!!!!!!
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