Updating a Windows computer doesn’t always go as easy as one would expect. It is quite common for you to face an issue like the error 80072EE2 while installing updates on your Windows PC.

To fix a Windows Update error correctly, you need to know the problem in depth. A wrong configuration can not only mess up your update installer but also trigger more problems on your Windows PC.

Let’s know more about the Windows Update Error 80072EE2 and identify the factors that triggered this glitch. Further, you’d learn some easy ways to fix Windows Update Error 80072EE2 on Windows 10/8/7.

What does Windows Update Error Code “80072EE2” mean?

Fixing errors linked to Windows Updates are always tricky. Most update errors on Windows leave you with a general message that provides insufficient information on the problem.

The Error 80072EE2, in particular, occurs usually when you are installing updates through Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). It is an error that stops Microsoft’s software update services to run new installations and download further updates.

When the Windows Update Error 80072EE2 occurs while downloading an update, it indicates a technical interference with the Windows Update Center.

Sometimes, the update being downloaded may interfere with installed updates. In such a case, you’ll face the 80072EE2 error while searching for updates on Windows Update Center.

Why Windows Update Error 80072EE2 Occurs?

I connected my Windows 10 PC to WSUS for downloading the latest updates. My Windows computer was unable to establish a stable connection with the server. The same thing happened on my Windows 7 laptop.

My screen displayed an error coded as – 80072EE2. When the Windows Update Error 80072EE2 throws up, it shows a message that reads something as follows –

  • Windows could not search for new updates
  • An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer
  • Error(s) found: Code 80072EE2

A technical interpretation of Windows Update Error 80072EE2 message would mean that the system failed to access WSUS sites or Microsoft Update portal.

Simply put – when your Windows PC is unable to create a stable connection with WSUS and fails to access Microsoft’s update services, you face the Windows Update 80072EE2 Error.

Easy Ways to Fix Windows Update Error 80072EE2

Before you go for the fixes, prepare for a plan B. Some users have faced issues after fixing the 80072EE2 error on Windows. The Windows Updates started facing some failures and apps weren’t able to run properly, and so on.

You must create a system restore point on Windows. Do this before fixing the 80072EE2 error with solutions shown below.

1. Use the Troubleshooter

The most obvious fix for Windows Update error is using the Troubleshooter program. The Windows Update Troubleshooter can detect the problems, configure your system to find a fix, and solve the error with an appropriate fix.

  • Open the Run dialog (press Windows + R keys)
  • Type “control panel” and hit the OK button


  • In the Control Panel window, change the View by options to “Small icons
  • Click on the Troubleshooting link
  • Below the section for System and Security, click on Fix problems with Windows Update

Use the Troubleshooter

  • Hit the Next button

Windows Update Troubleshooter starts fixing the 80072EE2 error. Allow the troubleshooter to detect the cause of the error and fix it automatically. Restart your Windows computer and run Windows Update to see if you still face the 80072EE2 error.

2. Clear Out the Corrupted Files from Windows Update Contents

If the Troubleshooter failed to fix the Windows Update Error 80072EE2, try using this method. Here, you’ll manually remove all corrupted files linked to Windows Update.

By deleting the files that cause problems for Windows Update, you’ll clear out factors that could trigger the 80072EE2 error on your PC.

  • Open the Run dialog (Windows + R)
  • Type “services.msc
  • Press the Enter key

Clear Out the Corrupted Files from Windows Update Contents

  • In the Services window, browse the list and right-click on ‘Windows Update’ service
  • Click on ‘Stop’ from the drop down menu

Clear Out the Corrupted Files from Windows Update Contents

  • Now, close the services window and open a File Explorer window
  • Navigate to file path – C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution (paste this in the address bar and hit the Enter key)
  • In this folder, delete all contents

Make sure you delete these contents permanently. Use the shortcut keys Ctrl and A to select all contents, and press Shift + Del to delete them permanently.

Restart your Windows computer and rerun the Windows Update services. If you don’t face the 80072EE2 error while searching or downloading the updates, then some corrupted file must have triggered the error on your Windows computer earlier.

3. Remove Corrupted Registry Keys

Similarly, corrupted or misconfigured registry keys can also trigger the Windows Update Error 80072EE2.

Before using the Registry Editor, follow the above method and clear out the corrupted files related to Windows Update services.

After deleting the contents,

  • Open the Run dialog (Windows + R)
  • Type “regedit
  • Click on OK button to open Registry Editor
  • On the left pane, navigate to the following folders –
      • SOFTWARE
        • Policies
          • Microsoft
            • Windows
              • WindowsUpdate
  • In the ‘WindowsUpdate’ folder, locate the registries for WUServer and WUStatusServer
  • Right-click on each of them and click on Delete

Remove Corrupted Registry Keys

You’ll get confirmation prompts to delete these keys & their associated values. Click on ‘Yes’ and continue. Once the deletion is complete,

  • Open the Run dialog (Windows + R)
  • Type “services.msc

Clear Out the Corrupted Files from Windows Update Contents

  • Press the Enter key
  • In the Services window, browse the list and right-click on ‘Windows Update’ service


  • Click on ‘Start’ from the drop-down menu

Now, you can restart your Windows computer. Open the Windows Update services again and see if you still face the 80072EE2 error.

4. Fix with Command Prompt

In some cases, renaming the ‘SoftwareDistribution’ folder (see method 2) can also fix the update error 80072EE2 on Windows.

Here’s a command-line fix to rename the folder –

  • Type “cmd” in Start menu search box
  • Right-click on Command Prompt program from the search results
  • Click on ‘Run as administrator’ option

Fix with Command Prompt

  • Click on Yes in the UAC prompt
  • In the Command Prompt window, type the following commands and hit the Enter key after each line –
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
C:\Users\IPOAdmin\Desktop\2018-12-26 17_39_33-Fix Windows Update Error 80072EE2 - Troubleshooter.png
  • Now, you’ve stopped all Windows Update Services
  • Type the following commands and press the Enter key after each line

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 catroot2.old

  • Now, you’ve renamed the SoftwareDistribution folder
  • To restart Windows Update Services, type the following commands and press the Enter key after each line
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

To put the changes into effect, reboot your Windows computer. Now, rerun the Windows Update installer to see if you face the 80072EE2 error or not.

5. Re-register all Windows Update Components

This last solution is a makeshift fix. It involves resetting all the components & system files related to Windows Update services. You can follow this method only when all the above fixes failed to solve the 80072EE2 error.

  • Open the Command Prompt (Admin) program (see method 4)
  • Type the following commands one by one and press the Enter key after each line
net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc
  • After stopping the Windows Update services, delete the qmgr*.dat files by typing the below command –

Del “%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader\qmgr*.dat”

  • Press the Enter key after this command
  • To refresh Command Prompt, type “cd /d %windir%\system32” command and press the Enter key
  • Now, re-register the Windows Update components (BITS) files with following long list of commands (make sure to press the Enter key after each line)
exe atl.dll
exe urlmon.dll
exe mshtml.dll
exe shdocvw.dll
exe browseui.dll
exe jscript.dll
exe vbscript.dll
exe scrrun.dll
exe msxml.dll
exe msxml3.dll
exe msxml6.dll
exe actxprxy.dll
exe softpub.dll
exe wintrust.dll
exe dssenh.dll
exe rsaenh.dll
exe gpkcsp.dll
exe sccbase.dll
exe slbcsp.dll
exe cryptdlg.dll
exe oleaut32.dll
exe ole32.dll
exe shell32.dll
exe initpki.dll
exe wuapi.dll
exe wuaueng.dll
exe wuaueng1.dll
exe wucltui.dll
exe wups.dll
exe wups2.dll
exe wuweb.dll
exe qmgr.dll
exe qmgrprxy.dll
exe wucltux.dll
exe muweb.dll
exe wuwebv.dll

Don’t close the Command Prompt window; your next step is to restore Windows Update components –

  • Reset the Winsock by typing “netsh winsock reset” command in the Command Prompt window and pressing the Enter key
  • Reset the BITS service to default security descriptor with the following commands-
  • Finally, restart the Windows Update services as follows –
net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvc

Now, install and update the Windows Update Agent to its latest version. And, restart your PC to save all these changes. After this, the Windows Update Error 80072EE2 won’t show up on your Windows computer for sure.

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