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KB967715 AutoRun Update Repeats

There have been reports in the Microsoft Windows Update newsgroup of XP systems being reoffered KB967715 after a supposed sucessfull installation. What is most likely causing this issue is security software that 'guards' the registry against 'unwanted' changes.
The following steps may help to resolve this reoffering issue.

1) Check to see if KB967715 is listed in Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel.
2) If it is listed [ and even if it's not ], show hidden files, folders, and system files
2) Using Windows Explorer, navigate to WINDOWS\system32
Check the Version of shell32.dll by right clicking it, choose Properties, and then click the Version tab.
For XP SP2, shell32.dll should be at Version 6.0.2900.3402 IF the update partially installed but did not set the registry subkey that is included with KB967715
For XP SP3, shell32.dll should be at Version 6.0.2900.5622 IF the update partially installed but did not set the registry subkey that is included with KB867715,
3) IF shell32.dll is now at the proper Version, open Notepad. Copy & paste the text inside of the lines into it:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVers ion\policies\Explorer]


Make sure Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 is at the *very top* of the file to be saved.
Click File, Save As, name the file HonorAutoRun, click the drop down arrow next to Save as Type and choose All Files, click the Save button.

*Right* click HonorAutoRun.reg and choose Merge.
You should get a message that information in the file has been successfully into the registry.

The steps above will accomplish the same thing as installing KB967715 as long as shell32.dll is the *proper* version. If it is not, then manually download KB967715 from here and *save* it after merging HonorAutoRun.reg:
http://www.microsof ... 4ecfb35d74

*NOTE*: The update one can obtain from KB953252 [KB950582] is the *exact* same update as KB967715 BUT the manual download page does NOT require a system to pass Validation, as the one for KB967715 does:
http://www.microsof ... 21D7B8DAA5

I just downloaded KB950582, extracted the updates contents and KB950582 installs the same shell32.dll Version as KB967715. As to why one requires Validation and the other does not ... ask MS.

Please let us know if this successfully resolves the reoffering of KB967715 issue .
Steve Wechsler (akaMowGreen) AumHa VSOP
MS-MVP Consumer Security
Data Center Management - Update Services


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Revised: March 9, 2009