Fix Microsoft Windows Update Error 80072EFE

Error Message:
Windows could not search for new updates 
An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.

Error found:Code 80072EFE 

Windows Update encountered an unknown error.

Get help with this error

Most recent check for updates: 10/30/2022 at 9:21 AM
Updates were installed: 10/29/2022 at 2:24 AM.
You receive updates: For Windows and other products from Microsoft Update

Fix: Error 80072EFE

  1. Press Window + R to open Run dialog,
  2. Type services.msc and hit enter,
  3. Now look for Windows Update under Name, double-click to open,
  4. Change the Startup Type to Automatic,
  5. Click Apply and OK,
  6. Restart your PC,
  7. Now try to Windows Update.
Windows Update Error 80072EFE

More Troubleshooting Steps

Note: If this does not help, delete files under C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder and restart your PC.

If you are on Windows 7, make sure to install the Windows Update KB3138612.


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