How to fix Windows 10 error 0x80072efd


Apr 19, 2016

Windows 10 error 0x80072efd is usually associated with network connections and often appears when using Windows Update. It is quite straightforward to overcome following one or all of the steps outlined in this tutorial. So if you want to fix the Windows 10 error 0x80072efd, read on!

First just check a few things. If you need to make any changes, retest before moving on to the next step.

1. Check your network is running okay and you can access the internet.
2. Check your copy of Windows 10 is activated.
3. Check the time, date, time zone and country are correct.
4. Check you are logged into your computer with your Microsoft account.
5. Check the Windows Update service is running and that all your updates are current. Right click the Taskbar, select Task Manager, Services, Open Services and find the Windows Update Service.

Once you have done all that, if the error still appears, move on to the next step.

Fix Windows 10 error 0x80072efd

Here are a few ways to fix the 0x80072efd error. Try each step and then retry Windows Update before moving on to the next.

1. Reboot your router if you have one to reset your dynamic IP address.
2. Open a CMD window as an administrator and type ‘netsh winhttp reset proxy’ then hit Enter.
3. In the same CMD window, type or paste ‘WSReset.exe’ and hit Enter.
4. Disable any third-party firewall you might be using and try to perform a Windows Update.
Remember to enable it once more if it completes.

In the vast majority of cases, one of those steps will fix the 0x80072efd error. If not, you may have to consider a Windows reset.

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