How to Fix Windows 10 Update Error 0x80072efe

Windows 10 Update Error 0x80072efe usually occurs when your device is unable to reach Microsoft servers for an update. There might be different reasons that are preventing your PC from reaching out to the concerned servers. A few of them are – Inaccurate Date & Time, Enabled Proxy or Firewall, Stored cache.

In this tutorial, we have discussed four different ways following which one may get rid of this persisting error. They are as follows – 

Update Error Code 0x80072efe Solutions

To solve the update error code 0x80072efe in Windows 10, try out the following suggestions –

1] Set accurate Date and Time

An inaccurate Date or Time may also prevent your device from being updated to the next available version. Go to the bottom-right corner and see the “Time & Date” that is displaying over there. If this data doesn’t match with the “Date & Time” in your region, correct the same using the below steps –

  • Press on the start button and hit the gear icon i.e. Settings.
  • Select Time and Language > Date and Time.
  • Jump to the right side and slide the “set time automatically” toggle switch to the right.
  • Do also slide the “set time zone automatically” to the right.

Windows 10 Update Error 0x80072efe - Set Date & Time

  • Next, click sync now under the Synchronize your clock section.

Now, that you have set “Date & Time” to modify automatically, click Region. On the succeeding screen, choose the “country or region” where you reside using the drop-down menu.

2] Disable private network firewalls

If you use a private network to browse over the internet, try to disable the same. Here’s how to perform this task –

  • Launch the Control Panel.
  • Using the “View by” drop-down menu available on the top-right corner, select “Large“.
  • Amongst the available options, click over the windows defender firewall option.
  • Click the “Turn windows defender firewall On or Off” link on the left pane.
  • Subsequently, click “Turn off Windows Defender Firewall (recommended)” under both Public and Private network settings. 

Windows 10 Update Error 0x80072efe - Disable Firewall

  • Lastly, click OK to confirm the above changes and restart Windows. 

I hope you now able to upgrade the Windows 10 OS without getting into any trouble. If not, follow the next set of solutions discussed below –

3] Clear Stored Cache in Windows 10

Stored caches in Windows 10 may also prevent the system from being upgraded to the next available version. In order to fix this, you must clear all stored cache using the below guideline –

  • Right-click on the Windows icon and select Run.
  • Next, type wsreset.exe and click on the OK button.

Windows 10 Update Error 0x80072efe - WSRESET

By just doing this you will be able to clean all the caches that are stored on your device. Sign back into your computer and check if you are now able to update Windows 10 or not. 

4] Uncheck the proxy option

If you are on a proxy to connect to the Internet, try disabling the same to resolve the 0x80072efe error. Here are the necessary steps to disable proxy in Windows 10 –

  • Press “Windows key + R” to start Run.
  • Type inetcpl.cpl and hit the OK button.
  • Go to the Connections tab and click over the option – LAN settings.
  • Under the proxy server, uncheck the option – “Use a proxy server for your LAN”.
  • Make sure that the “Automatically detect settings” box remains checked.
  • Lastly, hit OK to confirm these changes.
  • Close all running windows and restart the computer. 

From the next logon, check if you can now update the operating system without getting into the 0x80072efe error.

In case you are still not able to overcome the 0x80072efe error, manually download and apply the latest cumulative patch to your device. 

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