Fix: Update Error 0x80072efd in Windows 10

By: Marian Cularea
5 minute read
Update Error 0x80072efd windows 10

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Are you one of the users who are getting error code 0x80072efd in Windows 10 while trying to update your device to the latest build? I seems that many Windows 10 users cannot connect to the Windows update servers, Cortana and also Internet Explorer.

When they try to update the operating system, they get the error above. You are in luck because by the time you finish reading the tutorial below, you will have fixed error code 0x80072efd in Windows 10 and the OS will work normally.
Fix Update error code 0x80072efd (Windows 10)
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How to fix error code 0x80072efd on Windows 10

  1. Update Windows 10
  2. Run the Windows Update troubleshooter
  3. Clean boot Windows 10
  4. Disable your antivirus/ firewall
  5. Check Date & Time
  6. Disable Proxy
  7. Reset Windows Update components
  8. Rename the Software Distribution folder
  9. Delete the content inside the Software Distribution folder

1. Update Windows 10

  1. Go to Start > navigate to Settings > click on Update & Security
  2. Click on the “Windows update” button
  3. Now click on the “Check for Updates” optionupdate windows 10
  4. Wait for the scanning process to finish
  5. After the scan is completed and the updates have been installed, return to Windows Update
  6. This time, go to Advanced option and check ‘Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windowsinstall optional updates windows 10
  7. When you finished the install process, reboot Windows 10 computer
  8. After the device starts, check again if you still get error code 0x80072efd.

2. Run the Windows Update troubleshooter

  1. Go to Settings > Update & Security > navigate to Troubleshoot
  2. Select the Windows Update troubleshooter > run ittroubleshoot windows update
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen and finish the troubleshooting processwindows update troubleshooting
  4. Restart your Windows 10 computer
  5. Check again if you still get error 0x80072efd.

3. Clean boot Windows 10

  1. Go to Start > in the search dialog box enter “msconfig” without the quotes
  2. Press the Enter button on the keyboard
  3. Click or tap on the msconfig icon > the System Configuration Window should be visible
  4. Click on the Services tab
  5. Check the box next to “Hide all Microsoft Services”.
  6. Click on the “Disable all” button.clean boot windows 10
  7. Now click on the “Startup” tab located in the upper side of the window.
  8. Select “Open task Manager”
  9. In the Task Manager window go to the “Startup” tab.
  10. Left click or tap on each item on the list > select “Disable”disable startup programs
  11. Close the Task Manager window > click OK
  12. Reboot your Windows 10 machine.
  13. Check if you can install the updates without getting error 0x80072efd.

4. Disable your antivirus/ firewall

If you keep getting this error, this can indicate that your firewall, antivirus or anti-spyware software is preventing Windows Update Services (SVCHOST) from accessing the Internet.

In this case, temporarily disable your security tools (yes, all of them) and try to install the latest updates.

disable windows defender

If this method works, don’t forget to enable antivirus protection as soon as you finished updating your computer.

5. Check Date & Time

Make sure that your Windows Time service configuration is correct. If this service isn’t properly configured, you may experience various issues, including update errors.

  1. Go to Start > type Services > Choose Services from the results.
  2. On the Services window, locate Windows Time service and double click it.windows 10 date time
  3. Check the Startup type section and set it to Automatic.check windows 10 date time
  4. Now, restart the service by clicking Stop and then click Start again. If the service isn’t running, click the Start button to start it.start windows time
  5. Click Apply and OK.

6. Disable Proxy

  1. Go to Start > type inetcpl.cpldisable proxy
  2. Go to Connection > select LAN Settings.lan settings windows 10
  3. Check the box ‘Automatically detect settings’
  4. Under Proxy server, uncheck the box ‘Use a proxy server for your LAN’.

turn off proxy

7. Reset Windows Update components

Before you reset Windows Update, don’t forget to back up your Registry. In case anything goes wrong, you will be able to restore a working Windows version.

  1. Go to Start > launch Command Promp as administrator
  2. Type the following commands and hit Enter after each one:reset windows update components
    • net stop bits
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop appidsvc
    • net stop cryptsvc

8. Rename the Software Distribution folder

Renaming the Software Distribution folder may help you fix error 0x80072efd. To do this, launch Command Prompt as administrator once again and run the following commands one at a time hitting Enter after each one:

  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop bits
  • Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
    Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
  • net stop wuauserv
  • net stop bits

9. Delete the content inside the Software Distribution folder

If renaming the Software Distribution folder didn’t help, try deleting all the files and folders from the respective folder.

To do this, go to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution and open the folder. Simply delete the content available inside that folder.

delete software distribution folder

If your system’s Datastore and Download folder are no longer synced, this may cause Windows Update to fails to work properly. As a result, you will encounter various issues, errors included, when checking for updates or installing them.

The files and folders that you deleted will get automatically downloaded again when you reboot your computer. However, keep in mind that you will lose your Windows Update History and Windows will take longer to detect updates the next time you run Windows Update.

And there you have it, these 9 methods will help you get rid of error code 0x80072efd in Windows 10 so that you can update the OS.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, drop us a line in the comments below and we will help you further as soon as possible.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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