Yesterday I was installing 56 updates on my newly installed Vista Home Basic SP1. The 40th of them was IE8 and just when it was installing I had a power outage. After reboot Vista recognized there was a problem and... uninstalled all 40 updates and then rebooted again. After opening Windows Update I saw all the 56 updates available for installation. I started installing them and all went well, except IE8 update failed because... "there was already a newer version installed"! I checked and indeed I've IE8 running fine.
But Windows Update keeps offering it and it fails every time.
I tried to uninstall IE8 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957700/en-us), but I cannot do it the easy way, because it's not visible in the installed updates list. So I tried the alternative steps described there. It seemed to work, but when I started IE and looked at the "about" dialog - it still says it's IE8.
Before I contact MS support - does anyone know any other method to uninstall IE8, so that the update can be installed correctly?