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Windows 7: Windows Update Error 80072EE2

07 Feb 2011   #31
RSG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi,

I have spent close to 30 hours trying to figure out this same problem with the 80072EE2 error code, not allowing me to search for Windows updates. I called Dell (my laptop's manufacturer) and spent hours on the phone, no help. Disabled Anti-virus and then connected my laptop directly to the Verizon box (modem?), suddenly it worked. Connected it back to the router and again, no hope.
I read your response and called my ISP, who claims it has nothing to do with them or the router. I have Verizon as ISP and Actiontec as my router. Please shed some light, I am out of ideas. Thank you!


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07 Feb 2011   #32
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

What is your Anti-virus program?
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07 Feb 2011   #33
RSG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Jacee,

I run Norton 360, but have uninstalled it and only had a one-time luck after plugging the laptop directly into the modem, bypassing the router. When I connected back to the router (even before re-installing norton), got the same problem, can't search for updates.
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07 Feb 2011   #34
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RSG View Post
Hi,

I have spent close to 30 hours trying to figure out this same problem with the 80072EE2 error code, not allowing me to search for Windows updates. I called Dell (my laptop's manufacturer) and spent hours on the phone, no help. Disabled Anti-virus and then connected my laptop directly to the Verizon box (modem?), suddenly it worked. Connected it back to the router and again, no hope.
I read your response and called my ISP, who claims it has nothing to do with them or the router. I have Verizon as ISP and Actiontec as my router. Please shed some light, I am out of ideas. Thank you!
I'm going to suggest you do what I told this thread's starter to do in post 28.
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07 Feb 2011   #35
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

See if 'fix it' helps sort the update problem How do I reset Windows Update components?
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07 Feb 2011   #36
RSG

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Cluberti

I have contacted Dell, Microsoft, Verizon (ISP) and Norton. It seems like there is just no hope. any other suggestions?

Jacee, tried the Fix it... no luck. Absolutely frustrating.
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07 Feb 2011   #37
Jacee
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

There is always 'hope' ....

Let's see if flushing the DNS cache and and restoring MS's Hosts file help:

Copy and paste these lines in Note pad. Don't use wordpad or any other app.

@Echo on
pushd\windows\system32\drivers\etc
attrib -h -s -r hosts
echo 127.0.0.1 localhost>HOSTS
attrib +r +h +s hosts
popd
ipconfig /release
ipconfig /renew
ipconfig /flushdns
netsh winsock reset all
netsh int ip reset all
shutdown -r -t 1
del %0

Save as flush.bat to your desktop. Right click to run as Administrator. Your computer will reboot itself.

Tell me if this worked or not.
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08 Feb 2011   #38
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Again, please read.

Windows Update Error 80072EE2
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12 Feb 2011   #39
nirinsanity

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Well, those who still have no luck can try here: Windows Live OneCare safety scanner: Free online tool for PC health and safety
YOU NEED TO OPEN THE LINK IN INTERNET EXPLORER.

I'm running the scan now as I type and its supposed to take several hours. So I'm patiently waiting...
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16 Feb 2011   #40
Sppedicut

Win 7 Home Prem x64
 
 
This helped me re 80072ee2 error

Got a new Dell XPS 15 and one of the first things I wanted to do was update my OS (Win7 Home Prem 64). So I go: start> search = "update"> windows update. Then the update window would open and I would click on "check for updates" in the column on the left. It would chug away (green progress bar moving but w/o any real progress) for about a minute and then give me the 80072ee2 error every time. Did this about 15 times over about 10 days - hoping it was just high traffic, etc causing the error.

I uninstalled my antivirus (Microsoft Security Essentials), Spybot, uninstalled/reinstalled my NIC driver, checked my firewall settings (only have Win7 firewall) and made various changes. Also, the whole IE/Firefox Internet options> LAN settings thing mentioned earlier in this thread. Then tried updating, all with no success.

What solved it was clicking "check online for updates" which appears below the error notice. See attached pic.

On my first trip to the Win update window I jumped all over the "update" on the left of the screen and kept going back to it (and/or the "Try again" button once the error appeared). For 10 days. I didn't notice the "check online" bit, even after all those repeated error windows. Stupid, I know. Don't know what I was thinking, since stuff on the left is usually for navigation and not functionality. Still, you figure the "Try again" button should work. Anyway, when I finally clicked "check online", below the error, it connected and there were 36 updates waiting.

I don't mind so much, I hate Automatic updates/installation. I like for Win to check automatically, then notify me and let me choose what to install (that's what I had Win7 set to do what used to work for me in Vista). However, I think mine has a problem connecting automatically and checking what I need. Hence no notification and hence the 36 updates waiting for me. Anyway, just glad to be up to date now.


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