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It appears that at least one of the optional software downloads did complete succesfully. I found its files in C:\
while using microsoft update, I had left the windows update set to 'download automatically, notify when to install.' I noticed the yellow shield icon in the taskbar just when I was downloading from microsoft update. Could these two updates be disagreeing with each other?
Yellow icon is still in taskbar, waiting to install. Tried again to install through website, and through icon, no go.
I sent a trouble ticket to microsoft. no response in the said timeframe.
My question is, where are these downloaded files stored before installation? Can I delete them, and try the installation again? Or is there another action I should take?
ps. thanks geeks, for the awesome XP tweaks!!