I don't know the whole answer BUT SP2 hides the updates in the control panel. Open the control panel and right at the top there is a box that says "show updates". Put a checkmark in that box. Mine shows that particular update plus some others that same day and also another from October. Also, another good tool to have that shows a lot of stuff on your computer is Belarc Advisor. It's a neat little tool and I run it and print it out once a month or so myself.It shows just about everything that is installed on the computer.
WinXP SP2 Home
On Dec 17th I installed the Cumulative Update for OE 6SP1, from the WU website. When I scan for optional updates, that same update (887797) shows up as uninstalled. The update can be viewed in the Installation History. (I am unable to view it in Add/Remove, since all updates prior to 2005 are not shown.) In addition, when I look in the registry, I do see the update #, w/ 20041112.131144 next to it.
The newbie in me hesitates and asks.. is it really there? Should I reinstall? The other part of my brain says that it's in the registry.. and not to over-think a minor issue.
While this doesn't seem to be a major issue, I am wondering about other updates. This happened to be one I picked up on. BTW.. since Grif's post on 1/7, I no longer "automatically" update. I feel more comfortable knowing what I am installing. And if I don't know.. I feel like I can always come here :).
My question? Does WU really scan the computer, and if so, why would it show I have not installed it? (I did read Cursorcowboy's post on 1/18, where he indicated that an update might not be registered correctly. I don't want to fool around with the registry, unless it is absolutely necessary.) And... should I leave well enough alone, by not addressing the above update?
Thanks in advance...