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how was this problem resolved

I have the same problem, but I am not sure how you fixed it
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Hi chapmandew:

The article refers to XP and I am using Vista Business, the database is SQL 2005  express.

However turning off updates is a bit drastic, is there a more fine grained solution.
None that I am aware of, and the process should be very similar for both OS versions.
also, turning them off is not drastic at all for a production environment...those types of things are typically done by hand.
But what is actually causing the problem, surely many other people are having the same problem.

thanks for helping
We solved the original question by manually applying the patch.  It worked just fine then.
I have developed a software program that I sell to third parties that uses SQL Server Express, I can't tell my users to perform that fix it is too complicated and anyway they would not want too.

I need to fix the problem at source. It is a microsoft problem, how can I make them address this issue and fix the problem. If they choose not to do so then all users of SQL 2005 Express will not be able to use Microsoft updates in the future.

many thanks all
Hi Thanks for your help, it seems it is caused by a security update for SQL 2005 which fails, it points me to

and the error code is 6AA, however I have no idea what the artical  is about.

I am begining to think supporting products on Microsoft platforms might not be an easy matter.