How to Troubleshoot Windows Update Error 80072ee2

Windows 10 updates are a controversial topic. Some users love automation, others hate the overpowering approach. Whatever your point of view, there is always the possibility of an error. Specifically, the Windows 10 error code 80072EE2.

Windows 10 error 80072EE2 stands for “ERROR_INTERNET_TIMEOUT” and is usually related to a problem with Windows Update. Windows Update may display an error message, such as “Windows Update had an unknown error” or “Windows failed to check for new updates”.

Here are some quick ways to fix Internet timeout error 80072EE2.

What causes Windows Update error 80072ee2?

If you get Windows Update error code 80072EE2 when checking for updates, chances are the Windows Update storage folder is corrupt and needs to be recreated, or there is a policy in the Windows registry that defines an automatic update server.

How to repair Windows Update error 80072ee2?


Edit the registry

  1. While holding down the Windows key, press R.
  2. In the startup dialog box that opens, type services.MSC and click OK.
  3. In the services console, find the “Windows Update” service. Right-click on this service and select Stop.
  4. We need to stop the “Windows Update” service, which is responsible for updating Windows before we can make any changes to fix the damage. If you continue to stop, an error is generated.
  5. Then hold down the Windows key and press R again.
  6. In the startup dialog box, type :
    C:WindowsSoftwareDistribution
  7. Click on OK.
  8. Delete the contents of this folder.
  9. Now go back to the Services console. Right-click the Windows Update service again, and select Start.
  10. While holding down the Windows key, press R again.
  11. Type Regedit in the Run dialog box.
  12. In the registry editor, go to the following path:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\NSOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate
  13. In the right pane of the window, find the WUServer and WUStatusServer keys.
  14. Right-click on each of these keys and select Delete.
  15. Now go back to the services console and make sure that the Windows Update service is still running.
  16. After that, you will be able to perform updates without errors.

Performing Windows Update Troubleshooting

Tip: For best results, this solution requires an active Internet connection. Also, try running the troubleshooter multiple times instead of just once.

  1. Press Windows + S to open the search bar on the Start menu.
  2. Type “Troubleshooting” in the dialog box and click the first result that appears.
  3. From the “Troubleshooting” menu, select “Windows Update” and click the “Run Troubleshooting” button.
  4. If you’re using Windows 7, you can also run troubleshooting manually through the Control Panel.
  5. Windows will then run diagnostics and look for inconsistencies. You may be warned that it requires administrator rights to troubleshoot your system.
  6. Select the “Try to troubleshoot as administrator” option.
  7. Once the troubleshooting is complete, restart your computer and check to see if the problem is resolved.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Edit the registry.
  2. Run Windows Update troubleshooting.
  3. Uninstall the software distribution.
  4. Read the official Microsoft documentation.
  5. Reset the Windows Update modules completely.

  1. Create backups of all important documents, applications and data.
  2. Go to the Microsoft Windows 10 download page.
  3. Under "Create installation media for Windows 10," select the "Download tool now" option and launch the application.
  4. If prompted, select Update This PC Now.

Windows Update error 0x80072ee2 is an error that usually occurs when you try to install Windows updates via WSUS or the Windows Update Center over the Internet. It could mean that the system was unable to connect to the server when you tried to download the latest updates.

First, try running troubleshooting: go to Start menu -> Settings -> Update and Security -> select the Troubleshooting tab -> under Configuration, click on Windows Update -> click on "Run Troubleshooting" and follow the instructions on the screen.