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woodyleonhard MSXML 4.0 update
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I'm reading the Secunia PSI country vulnerability reports and seeing that, every quarter, a vulnerability in MSXML appears at the top of the US list.

The problem, as best I can tell: MSXML 4 is up to Service Pack 3, but Windows Update no longer scans for the presence of MSXML 4, which hit end of life long ago. Secunia has a note about it here:

Multiple versions of MSXML co-exist on many machines. Unfortunately, because of dependencies hard coded into many third-party programs, you can't just delete older versions.

I'm searching for a simple, cookbook recipe for solving the problem. Here's the best I've been able to come up with:

1. Scan the registry for the key

HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{2933BF90-7B36-11D2-B20E-0 0C04F983E60}\VersionList

2. If "4.0" is listed as a Name under that key, then

3. Manually install MSXML 4.0 SP 3 from

Note how that sweeps a whole lot of details under the rug: Whether you have 4.1/SP1 or 4.2/SP2 installed, for example. The only glitch I can see is if the Windows user has the MSXML 4.0 SP3 beta installed; in that case, they need to manually remove the beta. (Not sure how.)

Does anybody know if the steps here will work, and not clobber anything in the process?

Maurice Joyce RE: MSXML 4.0 update
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Last edited on 18th May, 2014 12:34
If you have MSXML4 SP1 or SP2 installed there is a simple tried & tested method to update to a safer version.

Download and install SP3 from here:

Select the msxml.msi - 2.3 MB file.

After the install reboot.

Now run a manual Windows Update scan & any updates for SP3 will be revealed that requires installation.

Once complete run a full PSI scan & you should see this:


Windows 7 SP1 64 Bit OS
HP Intel Pentium i7
IE 11 for Windows 7 SP1
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