(Last Updated On: February 26, 2018)

Error Code 80072efd

Error Description

Error Code 80072efd in the Windows OS is commonly occurred when you try to access the Microsoft Update website or Windows Update and prevents you to download the updates.

Windows Operating System Details

Error Code 80072efd can be occurred in the below mentioned version of Operating Systems.

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Windows 10

How to recognize the error code 80072efd?

It’s good, if one identifies the error as soon as it comes in the updating process. Detection of Error Code 80072efd at the earlier stage can help in saving a lot of time.  In case, it occurred, don’t behave such like a techno-savvy. It can be rectified out easily.

The signs that helps you to recognize the Error Code 80072efd are:

  • The updating process of Windows Update will stop downloading.
  • Error message is displayed on the computer screen.

Causes of Windows update Error Code 80072efd

There are many reasons that may be responsible for the result of error code in 80072efd. It may be occurred due to the following reasons, mentioned below:

  • Due to Firewall blocking.
  • Due to IP address matches with the HOSTS file.
  • Due to antivirus conflict.
  • Internet connection unavailability
  • Due to proxy setting that is still active on your computers.

Cracking Windows Update Error Code 80072efd

Suggestion 1: Check the Internet connection availability

You should check that whether your computer is connected to the internet or not. Sometimes, due to unavailability or bad Internet connection, there is interruption in the Windows Update that results in Windows Update Error Code 80072efd.

Suggestion 2: Wait for 10-15 minutes

If the error code 80072efd is occurred, then first of all you should wait for at least 10-15 minutes and let the windows update troubleshooter do his work. After 20 minutes, restart the computer and check for the updates again.

Suggestion 3: Add Windows Update Website in the Firewall Exception list

If you have a firewall installed in your computer, other than the Windows firewall, then you should add the Windows Update website in the Firewall exception list. It might be possible that the firewall is restricting your computer to contact with the Windows update server.

Suggestion 4: IP address conflict in HOSTS File

It is possible that the error is due to the entries for windows update. It is because the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses change in the Windows Update server website that’s why Microsoft doesn’t recommend keeping the entries in HOSTS file.  To delete the Windows update entries, follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Click on Start à All Programs à Accessoriesà
  • Click on File menuà
  • Click on all files in the pull down menu in the Files of Type.
  • In the Look In menu, choose system32 folder and click Drivers.
  • Click on hosts and delete all the Windows Update entries.
  • Save the file and close Notepad.
  • Now, access to the Windows Updates again.

Suggestion 5: Add update website’s address to Browser

You should add the Windows Update server website to your computer browser’s trusted website list. If the update website address is not in the list, then, browser don’t allow the system to contact with the server website and you get error code 80072efd.


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