Monday, 19 September 2011

Windows 7 Update problems, 80072EE2, fixed

Just had the fearsome 80072EE2 error code on a fresh install of Windows, connected to a basic firewalled internet connection, no rules setup for the firewall etc could browse the update site too.


The Windowsupdate.log file in c:\Windows\ had some errors, which search revealed some tips, but none that worked. I had renamed SoftwareDistribution and it's the subfolder Downloads before that,  disabled WMI service and renamed the folder in C:\windows\system32\wbem\repository restarted the service, nothing. Rebooted the PC. Nothing.


So I switched over to our LAN instead and it worked. The only effective difference is that when I connected the PC and got prompted "Is this a home, work or public network" the first time I chose Public, as it is. With out LAN I chose Work network.


So just a tip for everyone out there, try this before stopped services and renaming folders or reinstalling network card drivers etc.



  • Goto Control Panel, Network and Sharing Center (Network and Internet, then Network and Sharing center if you use the category view in CP)
  • Click the link "Public network" FYI, it is showing as "Work network" right now in the image below as it's doing the Windows updates and I don't want to interrupt it ;)

  • Then chose Home or Work network, which ever is most appropriate for the network you are connecting too.



Then try the Windows updates again and see how you fair, if this doesn't work you can follow one of these guides that I had already known about and tried before searching for my specific problem. If you know of any other methods please do leave a comment or send me a message so I can add your resolution to the list below.

Alternative guides if my method doesn't work for you:
rename that Repo! 
Uninstall/reinstall NIC drivers + other tips 
Rename those folders 
Try alternate DNS servers + other tips
Look online, duh 
Changing WU proxy info, based on IE's 



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