I've been trying to solve this for a few days, but this is really starting to get annoying. Every day Automatic updates trys to install the MDAC patch from KB823718. It installs successfully, then disappears. When I reboot my computer it installs again, and again, and again...
I thought that perhaps Automatic Updates was just botching the job, so I tried to download the patch from http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/0/5/6057b392-2340-4c8d-b95c-862f2bb9b9db/Q823718_MDAC_SecurityPatch.exe
but when I try to install it it says that it is not a valid Win32 application file. I've seen quite a few people on EE that have had similar problems, but I can't sort this one out. It does not show up in Add/Remove programs so I can't un-install it, it does not successfully install, so I can't get around it. I've installed the Component Checker from
and I've found that I'm running MDAC 2.7 SP 1, so I really do need the patch. Here are my questions:
1) Anyone know why the patch won't install with Automatic Updates?
2) Anyone know why the downloadable version of the patch is not recognized as a valid Win32 application?
3) What is the best version of Linux? If I'm going to go through dependency hell, it won't be because of M$!