how do i undo this destruction? (actually it may have fixed it)
i had four failed updates because the 32bit vista machine wouldnt keep them on and would uninstall them. so i got mad and pulled the plug when it was going to remove them. i think i may have had faulty memory and now fixed that. after rerunning windows update, every time it tells me files are in use by the system: after i tell it to check for updates it would say "restart your computer to install important updates" with a handy button, after reboot, same message. your "fix" removed all the records and not the error >> now it seems to have worked, maybe it needed a reboot, play with the update service or something. three of the four failed updates are in the list for retry.
i dont know what was in that folder, but maybe you didnt need to remove it, just perhaps edit. the four updates were "pending" before the erease, perhaps record of those four only needed erasure. (at least keep the successful ones!)
Firstly, i dont think removing the ram stick worked (though after a reboot, 50+% of the time the DELL bios would give an error about the memory, it was much more rare in normal system use - hence why i left it in there), but what did was doing each category independantly.
Second. now that i am getting the updates completed, if i look in the "view update history", i am getting duplicates, one failed, one success. I have the feeling it has something to do with this fix of yours. It has no negative effect on the download list.
An unusual side note: i was using my computer with the update service (and many other unnecessary services) turned off. while i was trying to find what services made it work i spotted something strange, down the bottom, I saw "Get updates for other (null) products" it actually had me mystified as to what type of product. now i see "microsoft" does this mean that MS may be considering a name change or that they will accept non-MS product updates in Windows Update?