Makes more sense now.
You should be able to unmark any answer in your own thread.... no matter who it's from and who marked it as an answers (in this case another MS idiot techie who I've crossed swords with before, for bad answer-marking<g>)
I have to admit that i'm struggling to envision the exact problem that you're seeing, but if I remember right, IE 9 isn't usually offered in the first round of updates anyhow. at least in RTM Windows 7. (but I could be wrong)
Let me see...... On this machine it didn't actually get installed until after SP1 (the machine is is only 9 weeks old, but still only came with RTM), but I don't remember whether that was my choice or not.
I have 2 7023 errors on the first day - the second one had the same error, and was after a reboot (for updates) when the system changed the startup type for Windows Modules Installer from Auto to Demand. This appears to have been the effect of one of the updates, but I can't work out which one. (RTM was released with WMI defaulting to Auto start, SP1 with WMI set to Demand.... haven't found out which update made the change).