How to Repair 80072efe Error Code in Windows 10

Error 80072EFE can occur in Windows 7 and 10 when some users try to update these platforms. The error message 80072EFE indicates that Windows has failed to check for new updates. Therefore, when this error occurs, Windows does not update.

What causes the 80072efe error code on Windows 10?

In most cases, the main cause of the error is an Internet connection problem, which itself can be caused by many reasons. If you encounter this problem in Windows 10, the problem is probably due to malware infection.

How to resolve the 80072efe error code on Windows 10?


Launch Network Adapter Troubleshooting

  1. Click the Start button, then click the gear icon to open the Settings menu.
  2. Go to Updates and security -> Troubleshooting.
  3. Select Network Adapter Troubleshooting from the list and run it.
  4. Run Network Adapter Troubleshooting.
  5. When finished, restart your system.

Perform Windows Update troubleshooting

  1. Open the Troubleshooting menu as in the previous solution.
  2. Select Windows Updates Troubleshooting from the list and run it.
  3. When finished, restart your computer.

Using System Restore

  1. Press the Win + Q key combination.
  2. Click on “Settings.”
  3. Select the “Restore” icon.
  4. In the window that opens, select the “System Restore” option.
  5. Select a date in the past when your computer worked without problems.
  6. The utility should run before shutting down and rebooting your computer.

Launching the system file checker

  1. Click the “Start” button.
  2. Type “cmd” in the “Search for programs and files” field.
  3. Press the key combination CTRL + Shift + Enter before pressing “OK” to open the command line.
  4. Type “chkdsk/f/r” at the command prompt and press Enter.
  5. Type “Y” in response to the message that appears.
  6. Reboot your computer so that the disk check can be performed.

Troubleshoot Windows Update

  1. Press the Win + X key combination.
  2. Click on “Control Panel.”
  3. Type “Troubleshooting” in the search box.
  4. Click on the “View All” button.
  5. Click on “Windows Update” at the bottom.
  6. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Error code 80072EFE indicates an interrupted connection, which means there is a problem connecting to Windows Update. Support for Windows 7 ended on January 14, 2020, including software updates and security updates or patches.

The main reason for this error is an Internet connection problem, which itself can have many causes. If you encounter this problem in Windows 10, the problem is probably due to malware infection.

  1. Open the troubleshooting menu as in the previous solution.
  2. Select Windows Updates Troubleshooting from the list and run it.
  3. When finished, restart your computer.
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