Got a new Dell XPS 15 and one of the first things I wanted to do was update my OS (Windows 7 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 Windows 7 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 Windows 7 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.