How to Solve the Windows Update Error 80072ee2

This is the most complete guide to solving the windows update error 80072ee2.

Windows errors are notoriously difficult the solve, especially the windows update ones, because they all return a general message without further information. However, I will try to cover all possible solutions for the windows updater error 80072ee2 in this guide.

First of all, you have to know what causes the windows update error 80072ee2. When you try to connect to the windows server to download the latest updates, the system is unable to establish a connection, hence the error message that is displayed on your screen.

Possible solutions for the windows update error 80072ee2:

Solution 1

Check if you are using a proxy server. If you do, double check the settings in the Internet Explorer and make sure that the proxy does not require a username or password to connect. If it does, the easiest way is to disable the proxy server during the duration of the windows update, although you can also create a workaround by setting your firewall to allow the connection to the Windows Update directly without going through the proxy.

Solution 2

If your computer has been infested with spyware in the past – or it is at the moment – then the spyware might have modified your Internet Explorer settings to use a proxy server. Open the cmd.exe program (by typing CMD in the start menu) and issue the following command: netsh winhttp import proxy source=ie

Read also: Activation error 0xC004F034 after the upgrade to Windows 10

Solution 3

Some dll files might have become unregistered – due to various factors – which could trigger the windows update error 80072ee2. In this case, open cmd.exe,  and register the following dlls:  oleaut32.dll,  jscript.dll,  vbscript.dll,  msxml.dll,  softpub.dll,  wintrust.dll,  initpki.dll, cryptdlg.dll. You can register a dll by typing regsvr32 {name of the dll}.

Solution 4

This is the rarest occurrence that may cause the windows update error 80072ee2, but your computer’s MTU setting might be incorrect. In this case, you simply have to set the MTU value to 1492 and try the windows update again.

Solution 5

Also, please check this solution as well. http://www.technibble.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22840 It has to do with Windows Updates being set to receive them via WSUS.

These are all possible solutions to the windows update error 80072ee2. In case you still can not fix the error, leave a comment below and we will assist you.

  • Medoo

    Hi ,
    Thanks for your post
    I did all the steps , but still have the same problem !!

  • Jv4n5e

    Thanks for the info, the proxy commands did it for me 😉
    Now, what kind of spyware could have done this? How can I get rid of it?
    Thanks again, this is a very helpful site!

  • zainab

    i do all above steps but my problem not fix . when started my problem that i download windows update software from microsoft site i havent any problem befor download it

  • denmyos

    My solution was totally different.
    I realazid the my win 7 update was pointing to a wsus server that i had not access to.
    So i delete all links in regedit pointing to that server and i change a agent in services to manuel.
    That worked,,, spend 3 days trying to solve it. :)

  • Debanjan Goswami

    Thank you for this suggestion point no. 3 worked for me greatly now i can update my win 7, i had made a bios update then patched win with windows loader and some how the above error showed up but for ur suggestion its worked wonders thankss a lot once again….

  • paul adamson

    i have tried these steps and still it says this error, some websites are slow to load also, i got no virus’ or anything, its fresh out the box, i bought it today and im having all these problems for the past 10 hours and im getting fed up of this crap

  • rochelle

    ive tried all the suggestions and it wont work. still getting this windows update error 80072ee2:
    also my home internet wont allow me to access email sites, facebook, or banking sites. so pretty much any security based sites will not work.

  • Ron Beene

    While execute #3 for the 80072ee2 error code solution none of the following dll’s are recognized when executing the regsvr32 command: and register the following dlls: oleaut32.dll, jscript.dll, vbscript.dll, msxml.dll, softpub.dll, wintrust.dll, initpki.dll, cryptdlg.dll.

    Please help.

    Thank you.

  • josef nunez

    Hi, When I try to load the msxml.dll it stated with:

    [[[[[[The module “msxml.dll” failed to load.
    Make sure the binary is stored at the specified path or debug it to check for problems with the binary or dependent .DLL files.
    The specified module could not be found. ]]]]]]]]]

    The same with inipki.dll
    Please help…

  • Curtis Van Dam

    I am not using a proxy and there is not one that was set up by spyware. verified through the command instructions in #2. It says failed to load program when i try to register the .dll files. And i am not sure how to change the setting of my computer’s MTU level. Please Help!

  • Harold

    I found another reason for the problem. The Win7 machine was pointing to an invalid WSUS server. Another website gave me the answer.

  • mary

    Thanks so much. The mtu fix worked for windows update. Now to get microsoft security essentials to update. I did system restore to factory fresh on an old laptop and couldn’t get updates. Hopefully windows update will fix whatever is broken with microsoft security essentials.

  • Asa Myth

    Many manufacturers distributed images with a policy set defining a automatic update server. The concise answer to this problem is to remove that registry key. The key is:


    remove this key, reboot, and windows updagte will work.

    • http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson

      Thank you for commenting. Yes our Solution #5 points to an article which does exactly as you mention, removing the registry key.

    • macc

      There’s no WindowsUpdate folder for me

      • http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson

        If there isn’t any WindowsUpdate folder than you probably don’t have a distributed image and so Solution #5 won’t work as a fix.

  • Thurman Merman

    #5 worked for me. I guess Dell has a WSUS server. Deleted the keys (and entries for Update servers in the WindowsUpdate key), restarted Windows Update service and away we went.

    • http://theitbros.com/ Brian Jackson

      Glad that one of the solutions worked for you!

  • Maria Lowry

    I’m trying #3 but it says it doesn’t recognize that as a command, program, or batch file.

  • Maria Lowry

    I notice the “32” when trying to fix registry entries – does it matter that my windows 7 is 64 bit?

  • Eric Mosher

    Having this issue on a SBS 2011 box. Clients are no longer getting updated. Can’t update the server it self as well. Nothing seems to work. tried 1-4 and nothing worked. 5 didn’t apply as this was not installed by OEM. WSUS also doesn’t allow me to check the settings. It locks up every time. the only thing I can think of is that we used the wizard in SBS to move the data repository as it was on C and we were running out of disk space. So we moved it to D via the wizard. Any Idea?

  • Isaac Nogueira

    I’m having this same problem at Windows. it looks like the are blocked but the firewall is off.
    and I just can’t update from Win7 to Win10…

  • bitsian

    I tried the second step. For many, it was successful, others showed “The module was loaded but the call to DLLRegisterServer failed with error code 0x80004005”

  • Jamie Burrows

    I followed the steps provided, but non of them worked, i read somewhere else it could be something to do with the SBS firewall. Temp turned it off, and low and behold. Updating no problems. Added the window supdate websites by hand, turned it all back on and now no issues.

  • Andy

    I have this problem as well. I’ve tried all the solution windows recommends and also all the ones you have also. still doesn’t want to update. My notification flag says windows update can not update automaticly, but when I try manualyit still doesn’t work. So I figured I will just do my free windows 100 upgrade. Well guess what? It doesn’t work either. All that happens is a page opens that says windows 10 then closes real fast. Super bummed. Can you help?
    Thanks so much for your time,