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    You MUST follow these instructions exactly in order otherwise you'll mess up your Windows Update System

    1. Close Internet Explorer
    2. Delete the WebSetup folder at C:\windows\SoftwareDistribution
    3. Visit Windows Update, Click "Express"
    4. Check that the WebSetup folder has been restored 
    5. Close Internet Explorer
    6. Stop the Automatic Updates Service  (Do NOT disable it!)
    7. Browse to C:\WINDOWS\ServicePackFiles\i386 (Different on 64 bit Editions)
    8. Locate wuaueng.dll within the i386 folder, copy it
    9. Paste wuaueng.dll to c:\windows\system32\dllcache (Overwrite)
    10. Delete wuaueng.dll within C:\Windows\System32 (Windows will restore it almost instantly, no problem --)
    11. Start the Automatic Updates Service [Again]
    12. Visit the Windows Update site
    13. Download the "Newer Version"
    14. Test it...