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How do I fix code 80072f8f?

Published on April 9th, 2022

This error code happens when the Windows Update service is not able to connect to the update server. This can be caused by a number of things, such as a firewall or proxy blocking the connection, or the update server being down.

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1. Restart your computer and try again

  1. Press the power button to turn your computer off.
  2. Hold down the "shift" key and press the power button to turn your computer back on.
  3. When the "accessibility options" screen appears, press the "restart" button.
  4. If the "accessibility options" screen does not appear, press the "F8" key repeatedly to access the boot menu, and then press the "restart" button.
  5. When the "windows startup options" screen appears, press the "restart" button.
  6. If the "windows startup options" screen does not appear, press the "F8" key repeatedly to access the boot menu, and then press the "restart" button.
  7. When the "windows login screen" appears, type your user name and password, and then press the "enter" key.
  8. If the "windows login screen" does not appear, press the "F8" key repeatedly to access the boot menu, and then press the "restart" button.
  9. When the "windows start up options" screen appears, press the "restart" button.
  10. If the "windows start up options" screen does not appear, press the "F8" key repeatedly to access the boot menu, and then press the "restart" button.
  11. When the "windows login screen" appears, type your user name and password, and then press the "enter" key.
  12. If the "windows login screen" does not appear, press the "F8" key repeatedly to access the boot menu, and then press the "start" button.

2. Check for updates to Windows and try again

If Windows is not up-to-date, you can try to fix the problem by visiting Microsoft Update, and checking for updates. If there are any updates, you can install them. If the problem still exists, you can try to fix it by following these steps:

  1. Open Windows Update.
  2. In the search box, type "Windows Update."
  3. On the results page, under "Latest updates," click "Check for updates."
  4. If there are any updates, click "Install updates."
  5. If the problem still exists, follow the instructions on the screen to fix it.

3. Try running the Windows Update troubleshooter

The Windows Update troubleshooter can be run by following these steps:

  1. Open the Start menu and type "wudf01.cab" and press Enter.
  2. Click on the "Windows Update Troubleshooter" icon that is displayed as a result.
  3. Click on the "Run" button.
  4. The Windows Update Troubleshooter will start and you will be presented with a list of options.
  5. Click on the "Next" button.
  6. The Windows Update Troubleshooter will ask you to select a problem.
  7. Select "Code 80072f8f" from the list and click on the "Next" button.
  8. The Windows Update Troubleshooter will ask you to provide a solution.
  9. Select " Repair the problem using the following options " and click on the "Next" button.
  10. The Windows Update Troubleshooter will ask you to select a repair option.
  11. Select "Install the latest available Windows update" and click on the "Next" button.
  12. The Windows Update Troubleshooter will ask you to confirm the repair.
  13. Click on the "Finish" button.

4. Temporarily disable your antivirus software and try again

  1. Open the antivirus software and select "Troubleshoot."
  2. On the "Troubleshoot" window, select "Disable Protection" and click "Disable."
  3. On the "Disable Protection" window, click "Yes."
  4. On the "Disable Protection" window, click "OK."
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Check your computer for any suspicious files or programs.
  7. If you still experience code 80072f8f, try reinstalling your antivirus software.

5. Check your date and time settings and try again

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to the internet time website.
  2. Click the "Date and Time" link on the left-hand side of the website.
  3. In the "Date and Time" window, make sure that the "Date" and "Time" fields are set to the correct date and time.
  4. Click the "Reset" button to reset the date and time.
  5. Click the "Try Again" button to reload the page and try to fix the code.

Still not working? maybe try one of these options:

  1. Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder and try again.
  2. Reset the Windows Update Components and try again.
  3. Try using the Microsoft Update Catalog.
  4. Run the DISM tool and try again.
  5. Contact Microsoft support.