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Windows update encountered an unknown error 80072ee2

by | Jan 20, 2021

Facing the error, Windows update encountered an unknown error 80072ee2? We can help you.

All of us can agree that an error during a Windows update is a nightmare. Recently, we found out that most of the users encounter error code 80072ee2. This error trigger while Windows tries to search for Updates via Windows Update.

As part of our Server Management Services, we assist our customers with several Windows queries.

Today, let us see the possible solutions for Windows update error.


Windows Update 80072EE2 error

Windows update encountered an unknown error 80072ee2

In most cases, the error is caused if the Windows update store folder is corrupted. Similarly, if there exists a policy set defining an automatic update server inside Windows Registry it will lead to the error.


Solutions for Windows update encountered an unknown error 80072ee2

Though the errors are frustrating, we cannot keep our system offline for a long. Moving ahead, let us check out six fixes suggested by our Support Engineers for the Windows 10 80072EE2 error.


  • Method 1: Check Date and Time Settings

Even when it seems simple, we should make sure to have the correct date and time settings.


  • Method 2: Delete the Automatic Update Server settings from Registry

  1. To begin, type regedit in Run prompt and press Enter.
  2. In Windows registry editor, locate the following key:
  3. Then, right-click the AU key and select Delete.
  4. Reboot the server and try for updates.


  • Method 3: Delete the SoftwareDistribution Folder

Step 1: Stop Windows Update Service

  1. To open the Windows Services control panel, we run,
  2. In the Services control panel, we need to locate the Windows Update service.
  3. Right-click on Windows Update service and select “Stop”.

Step 2: Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder

  1. First, we open Windows Explorer and navigate to the C:\Windows folder.
  2. Then find and delete the “SoftwareDistribution” folder (or rename it. e.g. to “SoftwareDistributionOLD”).

Step 3: Start Windows Update Service

  1. Then we go back to the Windows Services control panel.
  2. Right-click on Windows Update service and select “Start”.
  3. Finally, try to check for Updates.


  • Method 4: Run SFC

To check for missing and corrupt Windows system files we can use the Windows system tool, System File Check. It checks for Windows system files specifically, while CHKDSK scans the entire drive for errors.

However, our Support Techs suggest double-checking if it is totally functional before running the SFC command.

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is an integrated Windows utility with a vast range of functions.

In this case, the DISM Restorehealth command ensures that our next fix will work properly.

  1. Type Command Prompt (Admin) in the Start menu search bar, then right-click and select Run as administrator.
  2. Then, we run the following command:
    DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
  3. The process can take up to 20 minutes depending on system health. Even while the process seems stuck, wait for it to complete.
  4. When the process completes, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.


  • Method 5: Run CHKDSK

CHKDSK is a Windows system tool that verifies the file system and with certain settings, fixes issues as it runs.

To run CHKDSK, type command prompt in Start menu search bar, right-click, and select Run as administrator.

Then, type chkdsk /r and press Enter. The command will scan the system for errors and fix any issues along the way.


  • Method 6: Restart the server

If we haven’t rebooted the system, a quick restart might fix the error. This is always the basic troubleshooting method.

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In short, Windows update encountered an unknown error 80072ee2 trigger while Windows tries to search for Updates via Windows Update. Today, we saw six fixes employed by our Support Techs to try and fix this error.


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