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Windows 7: Check for Updates - Error Code 80072EE2

11 Jan 2009   #11

Windows 7 beta 1, win xp home

i just resolved this issue in another forum. credit to pacas00

Quote - (Pacas00 @ Jan 11 2009, 15:01)
Hi, ive just had this problem and fixed it, as far as i know its a mix of windows firewall blocking the Vista security certificate still used in Windows 7's update and the windows update service and others not starting or having a delayed start.

alter the automatic (delayed) in services (under admnistrative tools) to automatic for both windows update & windows defender. stop/start the services and then run windows update, walla! no errors

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11 Jan 2009   #12


I have WU set to never check for updates and was getting the error. I just kept hitting the Check for updates button until it worked. It only took 3-4 goes.
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16 Sep 2009   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate

This looks like a generic error code that may be caused by a number of issues. I too have stopped and restarted services, switched off firewalls and recreated Ethernet ports to no avail.

I use my Windows 7 laptop at work. Company policy currently supports XP only. Windows Update via WSUS is enforced by Group Policy - this results in the "You receive updates: Managed by your system administrator" line on the Windows Update screen. I had been clicking on the main update button and getting the 80072ee2 error. I'm assuming that the admin hasn't set up WSUS to support Windows 7 yet as he doesn't have to!

Clicking on the grey link saying "Check online for updates from Microsoft Update" bypassed WSUS and went to Microsoft's Windows Update servers.

It all seems blinking obvious in hindsight (read the screen....), but I have wasted a few hours down blind alleys.

Note that a) using an "unsupported" system and b) bypassing your company's WSUS patching policy probably won't endear you to your company's admin team, so I'm keeping schtum and simply enjoying life with Windows 7 whilst they toe the line and plod on with XP.
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30 Oct 2009   #14

Win 7 x64 Professional

Clicking on the grey link saying "Check online for updates from Microsoft Update" bypassed WSUS and went to Microsoft's Windows Update servers.
I had the same issue, and this worked. But, it defaults back to "Managed by your System Administrator" and you have to click the link "from Windows Update" each time. How do you change the default from WSUS to WU?
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30 Oct 2009   #15
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

See if this works:
  • Download Dial-A-Fix from one of the following mirrors:
  • Extract the zip file to your desktop.
  • Double click Dial-a-Fix.exe to start the program.
  • Press the green double checkmark box (Looks like this: )
  • UNcheck Empty Temp Folders, as well as Adjust Time/Date in the prep section. The prep section should then look like this:

  • Click on go
  • Exit/Close Dial-A-Fix
Next please go to windows update and install all critical updates
Microsoft Windows Update
Reboot, and see if that solves your update issues
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01 Nov 2009   #16

Win 7 x64 Professional

Jacee... I'll try that tomorrow when I get back to work. I'll let you know.
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03 Nov 2009   #17

Windows Seven

Amigo tive o mesmo código de erro e resolvi de forma bem simples. Caso você não tenha calculado o seu indice de experiencia, faça-o, caso ja tenha feito abra a tela de pontuação(windows + pause) e mantenha aberta durante a atualização. Não sei se estou certo, mais percebi que toda vez que abro esta tela ele da uma mensagem "recuperando pontuação". Certo ou não, funciona.


Friend had the same error code and resolved very simply. If you have not calculated the index of your experience, do so if they have already done open the scoring screen (windows + pause) and keep open during the upgrade. I do not know if I'm right, the more I realized that every time I open this screen it's a "recovering score." Right or not, it works.
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05 May 2010   #18


In my case, I just have to stop Windows Defender service in my Windows 7 system, but I'm not sure it will be the same for all of you.
Bye dvulm from France
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02 Aug 2010   #19

Windows 7, 32 & 64-bit

Make sure that ActiveX screening/ filtering through your router is switched off (unticked).

This can be checked and changed in your router administration page, then go to Security, and then select the approriate tick/ no tick to switch ActiveX off.

Above is a general solution, which you will need to adapt to suit your specific router.
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08 Dec 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

Hi all.

I'm a newbie here. I too get the same error and have tried the methods posted here but all in vain. Please aid me in this problem as my computer is unable to get the required updates. Thank you in advance.
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