Why does Windows Sp1 C++ redistribution package 2005 want to install the same update every time I restart?

Colin McCaffery June 21, 2011
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I receive the same update for Sp1 C++ redistribution package 2005 every five minutes via Windows auto updates. I have installed, restarted and still get the prompt to install the same updates (KB253824). Very annoying.

  1. JoeyDee
    July 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    A search for "KB253824" @TinaMUO:disqus  Micro$oft $upport returns: 'There are no documents that match your search for "KB253824"' The correct KB # is 2538242--you left off the last digit "2".

    According to these links, this update has been a PITA for many users since April (installed correctly on my Win 7 Home Prem x64 on April 12) Links:


    Quote, under "Revisions":V3.0
    (June 14, 2011): Reoffered the update for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
    Service Pack 1, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1, Microsoft
    Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Service Pack 1
    Redistributable Package, and Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack 1
    Redistributable Package. Customers who have previously installed this
    update should install the new packages on the affected systems. END QUOTE

    Here is a link to the "latest" version (I think???):

    If that doesn't work I suggest contacting Mico$oft $upport:

    How to obtain help and support for this security update

    For home users, no-charge support is
    available by calling 1-866-PCSAFETY in the United States and Canada or
    by contacting your local Microsoft subsidiary. For more information
    about how to contact your local Microsoft subsidiary
    for support issues with security updates, visit the Microsoft
    International Support website:


    North American customers can also obtain
    instant access to unlimited no-charge email support or to unlimited
    individual chat support by visiting the following Microsoft website:


  2. Darwin
    July 14, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Instructions for uninstalling the patch may be found here: //www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-roll-back-windows-hot-fixes-and-patches/
    If not I think it should be found on the Add or Remove Programs.

  3. Janetlc69
    July 12, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    no it didnt....its still doing it....how do i uninstall this update? thats where the problem is i think.

    • Tina
      July 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm


      thanks for the update!

      I added your question to this week's (today's) toughest questions roundup. This will give your question some more exposure and you'll have another chance for receiving an answer.

  4. Tina
    June 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm


    did the fix Jeffery suggested work for you? Please let us know.

  5. Jeffery Fabish
    June 22, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Ah, this old bug again (: You have to manually go manually download the package.

    C++ Redist 32 bit: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=5638

    • Bill Board
      July 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      That's a link to an update from 2007.

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