Windows Update Wants To Continually Install KB2518864, KB2572073, & KB2633880

May 22nd, 2012 by Kevin Zoll

Windows users may have noticed for the past couple days, that Windows Update continually identifies that the KB2518864, KB2572073, & KB2633880 updates for Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 need to be installed. This has been an intermittent issues since February of this year. Microsoft says that they have fixed the detection problem as of 10 AM PDT today May 22nd, 2012.

If you are still receiving Windows Update notifications for the KB2518864, KB2572073, & KB2633880 Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 updates, then do the following:

  1. Uninstall everything related to Microsoft .NET Framework Versions 2.0, 3.0, & 3.5.
  2. Reboot Your System
  3. Run Windows Update and install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1, this includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0.
  4. Reboot Your System
  5. Run Windows Update
  6. Install .NET Framework updates.
  7. Repeat steps 5 & 6, until all .NET updates have been installed.

UPDATE: (2012.05.12 12:27 PM EDT)  It would appear that Microsoft has not fixed the infinite Windows Update loop for .NET KB2518864, KB2572073, & KB2633880 on Windows XP.  Microsoft’s guidance on how to address the issue, last reviewed on May 18, 2012,  can be found here.  The advice given by Microsoft is not effective in resolving the Windows Update issue for .NET KB2518864, KB2572073, & KB2633880 updates.

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