Troubleshooting Windows errors can seem like an impossible prospect. However finding the solution to Windows Error Code 80072f8f is easier than you think. Check out our how-to guide for resolving this common problem.
The error occurs when you try to access the Windows Update website when you are running Windows Vista. You can access the website but the error appears when you try to retrieve the updates and download them to your PC.
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Error code 80072f8f is related to the incorrect date and time on your PC or corrupt DLL files which are necessary for running updates. Before you take some troubleshooting steps, check to make sure the time and date on your PC is correct. You can do this by clicking on the time in the lower right hand corner of the desktop. If the time and date is incorrect simply adjust it by using the easy pull down menus for the month, year, and time. Try to access and download updates again.
If this does not fix the error then you can try re-registering DLL files which may have become corrupt. Click on Start
to access the Start Search
box. Enter command prompt
in the Start Search box and then press the Enter
key. Right click on Command Prompt
and then choose Run as administrator
and then click on Continue
in the User Account Control. When the command prompt appears enter regsvr32 Softpub.dll /s
and then press the Enter
key. You will need to repeat the same procedure for the following DLL files: regsvr32 Initpki.dll /s regsvr32 Wintrust.dll /s regsvr32 Mssip32.dll /s
. When you are finished, close the command prompt and then restart your PC. Try to install updates again.
You can also try installing updates by disabling the third party antivirus program you are using then installing the updates and enabling the antivirus program again. Depending upon what antivirus program you are using you may have to refer to the documentation and the help section to temporarily disable the program and then enable it properly after you have installed updates.
TipFor more information, please see: How to fix Update error #80072f8f