How to Fix Windows Update Error Code 80072EFE

Error code 80072EFE generally found in Windows updates when it is in auto-update settings. The Error 80072EFE is primarily for Windows 11 or Windows 10, version 1809 and later versions, Windows 8.1,  Windows 7. This issue can also be caused by 3rd party  Windows firewalls or anti-virus suites that are completely protective when looking for the data exchanges.
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Disclaimers: Fixing an Error code 80072EFE related to Microsoft Windows updates requires checking network, Internet security, and windows firewall rules. If you are not sure on how to change them, please reach to the technician for help and support.

Why Windows Updates are Important?

Windows Updates are nothing but enhancement features for presentation software. There may be security updates also to protect your machine from malware, virus attacks. Generally, Windows operating system configured to check and install windows updates automatically through its internal service called Windows update.

Why is Your Computer Getting Windows Update Error Code 80072FE?

There are several reasons that any machine may get issues with windows update service clients in the operating system. Like,

  •  Windows Firewall issues
  • Internet connection issues
  • Files system corruption issues
  • Windows update service damaged

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Step By Step Solutions for Windows Update Error Code 80072EFE  

Here you have to follow steps as per causes of this Error code 80072EFE in windows update service client

Windows Firewall Check

First change your antivirus/Windows firewall settings to OFF

Windows Firewall is software that runs on your computer and provides protection against network attacks from the Internet or other computers on the network.

After this, To turn off the Windows firewall, Type in WINDOWS FIREWALL in start button search bar and open firewall application,

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Similarly, From the left side panel, find the Turn windows firewall on /off option, as shown in picture

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Then choose to Turn off the windows firewall in private and public network options

Note: Once  Error code 80072EFE in windows update gets fixed, you should turn on the windows firewall application.

Change Your Internet Connection

Switch your internet to another network and try to do  windows updates

Also, When you try to access Google.com, your computer contacts its DNS server and asks for Google.com’s IP address. The default DNS servers your network uses are provided by your Internet service provider, and they may sometimes experience problems

Finally, You can try accessing a website at its IP address directly, which bypasses the DNS server

File System Corruption

For instance, to perform an SFC scan from the command line as admin and fix if there are any files system corruptions. You can perform a system file scan process which can be started on a command prompt window with administrative rights. SFC /SCANNOW is the command line that needs to be executed.

How to do an SFC Scan?

1. Firstly, Click on the start button and type “cmd”
2. Secondly, Open “Command prompt window”
3. After that, type “SFC/SCANNOW” PRESS enter button
SFC SCAN IN CMD
3. Finally, The scanning process start and this process take some time to finish. Please wait until it gives results
SFC SCAN RESULTS

This Video Shows How to Do SFC Scan

 
If the computer says, no integrity violations found, then try to reinstall the Office Installation Program  which may sometimes replace the corrupted files on your computer .

Windows Update Client Damage

There are some fix-it tools to solve some common issues, the windows troubleshooter tool is one of that kind. It fixes many issues by downloading pre-requisites of windows updates that are pending and then proceeds to download original security patches or any other windows updates using an updated client application.

Use windows troubleshooter using a fix-it tool, and then try a manual install of windows updates.

There are some advanced methods to fix this windows update Error code 80072EFE using some commands and resetting your operating system to a healthy restoring point.

Restoring Health

1. Firstly, Open Cmd prompt as admin mode

2. Secondly, Type in the command as follows and press enter

dism /online /cleanup-image /restore health

3. Finally, It will take time to go back to the healthy restore point (You can also restore it by mounting the windows source file as a DVD or USB stick)

dism /online /cleanup-image /Restore Health /source: c:\offline /limit access (assuming source file in c:/ drive)

Reset the Windows Operating System

NOTE: Try this only if you don’t have much data on your computer because it takes a time to take a backup of existing files and install your current application again.

  1. If you are using windows 10, just type in “RESET PC” in the Cortana search bar(windows start button search) and select RESET PC from the results
  2. Then under the RESET PC, click on the get started button to proceed
  3. There are two options to keep your files and complete clean (You must take a backup of your desktop files, pictures, downloads, documents before proceeding to complete clean)
  4. Finally, after reset you may do windows updates cleanly without any issue

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