What is Windows Update error 80072ee2
We know how frustrating it feels to receive unforeseen errors when trying to update your system. The effect may last long enough to piss you off and outdate your PC due to a lack of new updates. While there are many update errors making their presence known each week, today we are going to take a look at the 80072ee2 error code that appears after searching for updates. Luckily, the issue has been already researched and successfully solved. From most recent laboratory reports, it turned out corrupted files and values of Registry and Update folders responsible for proper update function are the most frequent reasons for its appearance. It should take no longer than 15-30 minutes for you to resolve the 80072ee2 error and continue installing updates without slip-ups. You can use our instructions also for 8024400A and 8024400D errors since they originate the same way.
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1. Use Windows Update Troubleshooter
Some errors like 80072ee2 can be solved with the basic Window Update Troubleshooter. This is an in-built utility designed to find and remove potential reasons for problems with updating. Despite its application does not result in a successful resolution that often, it is still worth trying this easy, yet sometimes effective method. Windows will scan out your system for potential problems and try to fix them eventually. Learn how to do this via the instructions below:
If this did not help, go next to other solutions below.
2. Run Changes in Registry Editor
Registry Editor is a special environment containing entries and values of many processes implemented in Windows. If you know the potential issue, you can access the registry and edit or delete some values to restore proper and default settings. This is what we are going to do in this method. Follow these instructions carefully to not miss anything important.
At first, we have to stop Windows Update services to prevent any damage or conflict whilst running manipulations with registry values. We would also suggest clearing all SoftwareDistribution files to make Windows restore them from scratch. Follow each step in the order presented below:
By the end of running these four steps, it is time to run the necessary changes within Registry Editor.
3. Check integrity of the system files
Corrupted or missing elements that are involved in various system features can be the cause of update issues. Below, we are going to use both SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) to check if such a problem exists. Both scans will show their capabilities of detecting and restoring absent components if any. Make sure to use both of the scans as they can have different influences on the error solution. This is how:
After completing both of these scans, attempt to run the installation of updates again. If this does not pay off, move down to alternative error solutions below.
4. Reset Windows Update components
After trying three of the abovementioned solution, you should be satisfied with the results and not read this guide anymore. If this is the opposite, try to restore all Windows Update components from scratch. Some procedures taking place in this method are similar to what we did in the 2nd solution but even have deeper impact and solution potential. The entire process involves restarting BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and Windows Update services as well as renaming some update folders (SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2). These folders contain temporary files necessary for implementing Windows Updates. Based on this, we will force Windows to delete corrupted elements and create update-related components from scratch. Below, we will show you two ways of using this method. The first requires typing and executing each console command in a manual sequence. The other is done using a so-called batch script written in Notepad and saved as WUReset.bat. There is no real difference in which one you choose. Although the entire procedure may seem advanced and complicated, it will not take too much time and knowledge. Just follow the sequence listed below:
Using manual steps
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
Using the Batch Script
This is an alternative method to the above. A batch script is used to execute the same range of commands to reset all Windows Update components, Cryptographic services, and folders like SoftwareDistribution. It is not that hard as you could imagine, but rather easier than the previous one. All you need is a Windows Notepad and a bit of copy-paste magic. Batch scripts hold an upper hand over manual typing as they allow you to execute all the necessary commands at once. If you ever stumble into similar issues in the future, you can execute the already-created .bat file and reset update components:
echo Simple Script to Reset / Clear Windows Update
attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2
attrib -h -r -s %windir%system32catroot2*.*
net stop wuauserv
net stop CryptSvc
net stop BITS
ren %windir%system32catroot2 catroot2.old
ren %windir%SoftwareDistribution sold.old
ren "%ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\Microsoft\Network\Downloader" downloader.old
net Start BITS
net start CryptSvc
net start wuauserv
echo Task completed successfully...
5. Download problematic updates via Update Assistant
As it comes from the name, Windows 10 Update Assistant is an official utility designed to help people get the latest updates available for their system. It works great as a solution for people who are in a struggle with updating the system in a traditional way. The utility is free of charge and does not take too much time to download. Simply follow these steps below:
This is it. After performing these steps, your PC should be up-to-date and face no issues as previously.
As an additional method, you can download the problematic update yourself directly from Microsft Update Catalog. For this, you’ll have to know the name of update which experiences issues installing:
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