Let me supply a little background before I talk about my issue.
I have developed a way to further ensure I can get my machine to a point where it is virus and malware free.
What I did to start with is restore my machine to its factory settings. I then installed a virus scanner (AVG that I had downloaded previously), and installed all software I would require (again downloaded previously). I then did a Norton Ghost image which I called base1.
As time passes, I download any MS updates from the Microsoft Catalog sites (http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Home.aspx) and apply them manually with the /q and the /z option using a batch file. The only problems I ran into initially was where there were two executables for a particular KB patch.
Forward to when my machine gets a little sluggish or does not seem to be working properly. I simply restore the Norton Ghost image and then reapply all the MS Updates, installing any new software I had installed, and then taking another Ghost image before connecting to the firewall. One other thing I would like to do at this point is to be able to have downloaded all the AVG updates manually as well, but so far I have not found a way to do this, as their update page is a litle hard to figure out.
Now to my issue. Everything was going along fine until recently. I restored to an image, and then reapplied all updates since that image. When I reboot my computer, windows tells me there are updates to be installed, and they are the ones that I just done. I looked at the log for one of them (KB2393802) and I see a bunch of error messages like this;
RegQueryValueEx failed with error 0x2
RegOpenKeyEx failed with error 0x2
I did a google search for this and all I could find was when these messages occur applying SP3. I decided to try install it via windows, the way it would normally be done. When I do this it runs very quickly (2 or 3 seconds) and then quits. There is no log created and if I reboot, Windows no longer says that this is an update that is required. The confusing part is that the requirement for this KB is SP3 which I am already at so it windows should not even say it is required. The only thing I can think of is that some catalog on my machine is not getting updated to say that this KB ha been applied.
Does anyone have any ideas on my problem or even advice on the whole strategy I am using? I can upload the KB log if required.