Tested 3 times once on "live" system twice on VM's--last test was with a "fresh" download . KB955759
downloaded via X's UDC batch file
& integrated w/nLite. All 3 times WU offered KB955759, was installed "successfully" & subsequently re-offered via WU. Tried manual install, again "successful" & re-offered... tried the M$ Fixit described in KB954157
, same result. Finally hid the update to resolve. This update was never a problem before and I'm wondering if there's some file conflict with any of the February patches... researching such conflicts is way beyond my limited capabilities but I am willing to do any required "leg work" if anyone has a suggestion. Attd Last INI and KB955759 install log.
Edit: Attachments removed
Side note to "X":
Hyperlink to WindowsXP-KB2778344-x86-ENU.exe (Feb changelog) on your XP Post SP3 High-Priority Updates page actually links to KB2779030, the superseded update it replaces.
Edit to add: Found my answer...maybe This MSFN thread
led me to this thread @RyanVM forum
5eraph Posted: Fri May 07, 2010 6:09 am : Make certain you are not using nLite to remove anything related to Application Compatibility. The necessary files for KB955759 are aclayers.dll and sysmain.sdb.
Unchecking (keeping) Application Compatibility patch resolves the issue. I hope this info is useful to anyone who may encounter the same problem & stumble across this post.
This post has been edited by PinkFreud: 05 March 2013 - 09:12 PM