How to Troubleshoot Error 80072efe on Windows 10 PC

This guide provides instructions on how to fix update error 80072EFE on a Windows computer. Windows 80072EFE update error code can occur either after reinstalling your Windows operating system or after checking for the latest updates.

What causes error 80072efe in Windows 10?

  • Unreliable/unstable Internet connection.
  • Accumulation of unwanted files.
  • Downloading a program while the computer is installing an update(s).
  • Virus/malware infection.
  • Antivirus/malware software installed.
  • The network configuration is incorrect.
  • Malformed Windows registry files.
  • Damaged/deleted system drivers.

How to fix error 80072efe in Windows 10?


Perform troubleshooting for Windows Update

  1. Right-click on Start and select Settings.
  2. Go to Update and Security.
  3. From the left menu, select Troubleshooting.
  4. On the right side, you should see the problematic cures listed (if not, click the More Problematic Cures button).
  5. Select Windows Update and select Run Troubleshooting.

Perform a full system scan with Anti-Malware

  1. Type Windows Security in the search bar and press Enter.
  2. Go to Virus and Threat Protection.
  3. Select Scanning Options.
  4. Select Microsoft Defender Offline Scanning and click Scan Now.
  5. Your computer restarts and the deep scan begins.

Reset your Internet connection

  1. Open the command prompt again as an administrator.
  2. Insert the following command lines:
    • ipconfig /flushdns
    • ipconfig /registerdns
    • ipconfig /unblock
    • ipconfig /renew
    • netsh reset winsock
  3. Reboot your computer.

Check the integrity of the system files

  1. Type cmd in Windows search.
  2. Right-click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.
  3. If User Account Control is displayed, select Yes.
  4. In the new window, copy this command and press Enter: sfc /scannow

Frequently Asked Questions

If you get a Windows Update error 80072efe when searching for updates, it may be due to a disconnection between your computer and the Windows Update servers. Close Windows Update, wait 10-15 minutes, and then start Windows Update again.

Error code 80072EFE indicates an interrupted connection, which means there is a problem with your connection to Windows Update.

  • Virus/malware infection.
  • Incorrect network configuration.
  • Damaged Windows registry files.
  • Damaged/deleted system drivers.
  • Anti-virus/malware software installed.
  • Unreliable/secure Internet connection.
  • Download the program while installing an update on your computer.