If Windows Update is offering you install options, they should be right for your computer and if not, they will probably fail.
Turn off Automatic Updates, temporarily, do a manual check, choose Custom, not Express, see if you get the same result.
It can sometimes be helpful when you know what other people have installed, so this is from my Add/Remove list:
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB925672) 2.56 MB
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB927978) 2.56 MB
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB936181) 2.62 MB
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB954430) 2.67 MB
MSXML 4.0 SP2 (KB973688) 2.77 MB
MSXML 4.0 SP2 Parser and SDK 1.28 MB
MSXML 6.0 Parser (KB933579) 1.31 MB
You can Google for info on what they're all about - too technical for me, all I do know is that versions 3.0, 4.0 and 6.0
can happily co-exist, no idea why I have 4 and 6 only, nor am I bothered, either. If I needed version 3.0, I expect
I would have encountered problems by now.
Maybe someone else will pitch in, now I've bumped your post.
If you want an independent check for necessary updates/hotfixes, the following 2 FREE programs are very useful:
1. MS Baseline Security Analyzer; scans your system, tells you what's missing and offers downloads to run or save.
It's also very informative generally, checks many other things.
2. Belarc Advisor is a useful tool, for a really detailed profile of your computer; hardware, software, MS Hotfixes, product keys,
software licences etc. It will tell you if any updates/hotfixes are missing.http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html
(Best things in life are free, except computers and motorcycles).