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HP Update Error: Your system does not meet the minimum requirements for this update. Update has been cancelled (9996)

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The following error occurs while attempting to install an update from HP:
Your system does not meet the minimum requirements for this update. Update has been cancelled (9996).
Figure 1: Error message
Error message from an HP update
The error displays when ...
  • the update requires certain hardware or software that is not installed on your computer (examples: keyboard replaced with a non-HP keyboard or Microsoft .NET software is not installed),
  • the computer does not meet a certain minimum hardware or software requirement (examples: 4 GB minimum memory, 200 MB free disk space, or .NET version 2.0 required and 1.0 is installed) .
Usually, this error indicates the update is not needed for your computer and it should not be installed.