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Windows Error 0X80072F8F-0X20000 [17 FIXES]

You can update Windows, use built-in Windows Update troubleshooter, and enable TLS 1.1 and 1.2 to resolve the error.

Error 0X80072F8F-0X20000 is a Windows issue due to faulty data, inaccurate date/time, and more. Though, the good news is that we tested many solutions, like editing System Registry and enabling TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2, that effectively eliminated the error on our PC.

Key Takeaways

  • Error code 0X80072F8F-0X20000 arises from internet connectivity issues, hard disk problems, or interference from third-party software.
  • Quickly solve the error by performing a clean boot, adjusting time and date settings, and restarting the Windows Update service.
  • Only proceed with resetting your PC or reinstalling Windows if other methods fail since they wipe out all your data.

What Causes The Error 0X80072F8F-0X20000?

Some causes that may lead to this error are:

  • Miscommunication between the PC and Microsoft servers.
  • Software conflicts.
  • Glitches or bugs in the PC or its files.
  • Disabled TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2.
  • Poor internet connectivity.
  • Restricted access to essential system services.
  • Low hard disk space or corrupt drive.
Error 0X80072F8F-0X20000
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Users who face this error will see the following error message on the screen:

Error Message: We’re not sure what happened, but we’re unable to run this tool on your PC. If you continue experiencing problems, reference the error code when contacting customer support. Error code: 0X80072F8F-0X20000.

Also Read: Windows Could Not Prepare Computer To Boot Installation Error

What Are Some Signs Of This Error?

Look for these signs to confirm the presence of this error:

  • Failure to install the latest Windows updates.
  • Errors related to Windows Service.
  • Crashes/freezes during the update process.

How To Fix Error 0X80072F8F-0X20000?

Our team tried various fixes to resolve the error on our Windows PC, starting with power cycling the computer and the internet router. On the other hand, also make sure your system is compatible with the standards for running the desired Windows updates.

Enable TLS 1.1 And TLS 1.2

Transport Security Layer (TLS) protects your data while you surf the internet. Enabling TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 enables your computer to use the latest security protocols for accessing websites and other data on the internet, keeping away bugs and errors.

Here is the method to enable TLS on your PC:

  1. Navigate to the “Search Bar” located on the “Taskbar” of your PC and type “Notepad.”
    Search Notepad
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  2. Open the “Notepad” app.
  3. Paste the following code once
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\WinHttp] “DefaultSecureProtocols”=dword:00000a00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\WinHttp] “DefaultSecureProtocols”=dword:00000a00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Client] “DisabledByDefault”=dword:00000000 “Enabled”=dword:00000001 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Client] “DisabledByDefault”=dword:00000000 “Enabled”=dword:00000001
  4. Click on “File” at the extreme left of the top bar at choose “Save As.”
    Save The Note
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  5. Remember to save it with the “.reg” extension.
  6. Once saved, double-click on the file, and it will make the desired changes to the Windows Registry.

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Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows Update is one of the many built-in troubleshooters for the Windows OS that helps users identify and quickly resolve prominent faults with its features.

Running Windows Update troubleshooter is easy with this method:

  1. Come to the PC Settings and click “Update And Security.”
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  2. Highlight “Troubleshoot” on the left menu and press “Additional Troubleshooters” on the right.
    Additional Troubleshooters
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  3. Scroll to “Windows Update” and click on it.
    Windows Update Troubleshooter
    Windows Update Troubleshooter (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Hit the “Run The Troubleshooter” button.
    Run Troubleshooter
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  5. The system will look for errors or faults and fix them.

Set The Correct Date/Time

Because Windows Updates requires communication with Microsoft servers, you must maintain the right date and time on the PC to avoid any miscommunication during the process. 

Verify the date and time using the method below:

  1. Select “Clock And Region” on the “Control Panel.”
    Clock And Region
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  2. Click “Set Time And Date” under “Date And Time.”
    Set Date And Time
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  3. Stay on the “Date And Time” tab and press “Change Time Zone.”
    Change Time Zone
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  4. Make sure you input the correct time zone settings from the drop-down.
  5. Choose “OK.”
    Set Time Zone
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Use SFC And DISM Scans

System File Checker (SFC) analyzes and repairs all system files for errors or inaccurate data. Similarly, Deployment Image Servicing And Management (DISM) deals with and solves Windows installation and updates issues.

Use these codes to carry out this fix:

  1. Open “Command Prompt” on your screen.
    Search Command Prompt
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  2. Insert the following code in the window, one by one. Wait for one process to finish before inserting the next code.
    dism/online/cleanup-image /checkhealth 
    dism/online/cleanup-image /scanhealth

    dism/online/cleanup-image /restorehealth

Run Disk Cleanup

A cluttered disk or irrelevant and unused data in the target disk can also give rise to Windows errors. We ran a Disk Cleanup on Local Disk C, where Windows-related files are installed on our computer.

Quickly clean the local disk with the steps below:

  1. Launch “This PC” and right-click on “Local Disk C” or where your OS data is installed.
  2. Scroll to “Properties” and click on it.
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  3. Head to the “General” tab and press “Disk Cleanup.”
    Disk Cleanup
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  4. Allow the scanning to complete.
  5. Put a mark on all the available files and hit “OK.”
    Clean The Disk
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Erase Contents In Download Folder

Faulty or corrupt data related to Windows updates can lead to such errors. Therefore, delete the files and reinstall them to remove any faults. Meanwhile, read how we fixed the “Diagnosing your PC” error.

You can navigate to the Download folder and delete its contents with these instructions:

  1. Launch “This PC” and go to “Local Disk C” or the disk where Windows OS-related files are stored.
    Local Disk C
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  2. Select the “Windows” folder.
    Windows (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  3. Open “SoftwareDistribution.”
    Software Distribution
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  4. Go to “Download.”
    Download (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  5. Select all the files and delete them.
    Delete Files
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  6. Now, open “Command Prompt” by searching for it in the “Search Bar.”
    Search Command Prompt
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  7. Run the code “wuauclt.exe /updatenow.” 

Run A Clean Boot

Performing a clean boot on your computer means loading the system with only the most important set of drivers and software it requires to function. Thus, we did this step to help us check if the issue lies in third-party apps.

This is the correct way to perform a clean boot on your PC:

  1. Access the “Run” box with the “Windows+R” keys.
  2. Type “msconfig” and start the search.
    msconfig Code
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  3. Stay on the “General” tab and mark “Selective Startup” and “Load Startup Items” under it. 
    Selective Startup
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  4. Navigate to the “Services” tab in the same window.
  5. Put a mark beside “Hide All Microsoft Services” and click the “Disable All” button.
    Disable Microsoft Services
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  6. Next, switch to the “Startup” tab.
  7. Press “Open Task Manager.”
    Open Task Manager
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  8. Right-click on each application in this window and hit “Disable” in the mini-menu.
  9. Return to the “System Configuration” and select “OK.”

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Edit System Registry

For this process, we highly suggest you take expert help if you are not experienced with computer technicalities since a wrong move can affect the system’s performance. 

Ensure to enter the correct codes as mentioned in the steps below:

  1. Again, launch the “Run” menu and type “regedit.”
    Regedit Code (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  2. Pick “Yes.”
  3. Write this code in the search bar, “Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\OSUpgrade” and press “Enter.”
    Enter Address
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  4. If you cannot find the “OSUpgrade” folder in the “System Registry,” go to the “WindowsUpdate” section from the left bar.
    Windows Update
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  5. Right-click on the white screen and pick “New.” 
  6. Click on “DWORD (32-bit) Value.” 
    DWord Value
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  7. This will create a new folder on the current page. Name it “AllowOSUpgrade.”
    Name The Folder
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  8. Click on the file and set the “Value Data” to 1 in the mini-menu.
  9. Restart your PC.

Uninstall Third Party Software And Antivirus

If the error is apparent after installing certain third-party software, we recommend you uninstall the app to see if the error resolves.

However, if that is not the case, delete third-party antivirus software from your computer, like Avast or McAfee, since it may block access to Windows services. Although, reinstall them if that is not the cause since it helps prevent attacks from malware or virus on the system.

Restart Windows Update Service

one more fix we tried was restarting the Windows Update service to eliminate faulty or corrupt data. Moreover, we set the “Startup Type” to “Automatic” to ensure the service loads as soon as the computer starts.

This is a quick way to restart the service:

  1. Write “services.msc” in the “Run” box to launch the “Services” screen.
    Services Search
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  2. Find the “Windows Update” service and right-click on it.
  3. Click “Properties.”
    Properties (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  4. Choose “Automatic” in the “Startup Type” drop-down.
  5. Hit “Apply” then “OK.”
    Automatic Startup
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  6. Now, “Restart” the service from the option on the left edge.
    Windows Update
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  7. Repeat the same process for the following services:
    Background IntelligentTransfer Service
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
    IKE and AuthIP IPsec Keying Modules

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Update Windows

Keep your Windows OS up-to-date with the latest changes at all times. Consequently, errors like 0X80072F8F-0X20000 will not occur on your system. So, look for Windows updates and install them right away.

 Important: Regularly check for new Windows updates as they can improve the overall performance of your system.  

Reset Windows Update Components

We also used this go-to troubleshooting step whenever Windows Update errors, such as the Error 0X80072F8F-0X20000, arise on a PC. It renames the concerned files and restarts the necessary processes involved in the update process.

These are the codes for updating Windows components:

  1. Open the “Command Prompt” window and run these codes to stop related services.
    net stop bits
    net stop wuaserv
    net stop appidevsc
    net stop cryptsvc
  2. Now, use the code “netsh winsock reset.”
  3. Also, rename Software Distribution with “ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old.”
  4. Start the services with the following codes
    net start bits
    net start wuaserv
    net start appidevsc
    net start cryptsvc
  5. Restart your PC and see if the error is gone.

Check Hard Drive

Another possible reason we found was an erroneous or corrupt hard drive where the Windows files were installed. Therefore, scan the hard disk for errors or faulty data and resolve them to fix the error.

Repair With Windows Media Creation Tool

If the error 0X80072F8F-0X20000 prevents your computer from installing updates, use the Windows Media Creation Tool to update the OS manually. 

Here is how you can update your Windows with the tool:

  1. Close any opened apps and tabs on your computer.
  2. Download the “Windows Media Creation Tool” on your PC.
    Download Windows Media Creation Tool
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  3. Run it in administrator mode once installed.
  4. Press “Accept” to agree to the terms and conditions.
    Accept Terms
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  5. Go with “Upgrade This PC Now” and select “Next.”
  6. Now, decide whether you want to keep your data or not.
  7. Hit the “Install” option to begin the updates.
  8. Do not turn off your PC until the updates have finished installing. 

Do A System Restore

Running a System Restore takes your computer back to a previous restore point. Plus, the method is especially useful if you installed newer updates or made system changes in the recent past. Although, it is vital to have a restore point to return to, so create one if your computer does not have it.

We simplified the System Restore process in these steps:

  1. Search for “System Restore” in the “Search Bar” and open the result.
    System Restore
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  2. Open the “System Protection” tab, then press “System Restore.”
    System Restore
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  3. Hit “Next.”
  4. Pick the most recent restore point in the dialog box and choose “Next.”
  5. Lastly, click “Finish.”

Reset PC

When nothing works, you need to reset your PC, which will automatically clear any faults or incorrect configurations to send away errors. 

Reset PC
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WARNING: Creating a backup of your files is extremely important, as resetting will remove everything.

Reinstall Windows

You would require a second PC to carry out this fix. Unfortunately, reinstalling the PC is one of the last solutions to eliminate the error. 

Carefully follow each step to avoid any mishaps: 

  1. Download the Windows Media Creation Tool respectively for your Windows version on another computer.
    Download Windows Media Creation Tool
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  2. Attach an empty USB with a minimum of 8GB space and format it as “NTFS.”
  3. Launch the Media Creation Tool after it has finished installing.
  4. Select the second option, “Create Installation Media (USB Flash Drive, DVD, Or ISO File) For Another PC.”
    Create Media
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  5. Select the option “Use The Recommended Options For This PC.”
  6. Choose “Next.”
    Use Recommended Options
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  7. Pick the connected USB drive in this section and press “Next.”
    Select USB
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  8. Go with “USB Flash Drive” and then “Next.”
    USB Flash Drive
    USB Flash Drive (Image By Tech4Gamers)
  9. Wait for the downloading to complete.
  10. Hit the “Finish” button.
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  11. Remove the USB containing the Windows update and connect it to the original PC that requires the update.
  12. Once the screen comes on, select “Next.”
  13. Proceed with “Install Now.”
    Install Now
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  14. “Accept” the terms.
    Accept Terms
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  15. Decide with “Custom: Install Windows Only (Advanced).”
    Custom Installation
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  16. Select the target disks if it prompts.
  17. The installation should now begin.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Windows Error 0X80072F8F-0X20000?

It is a Windows Update error with multiple causes, such as incorrect date/time settings, hindrances by third-party apps, and more.

How Do I Resolve The Error On My PC?

Start by restarting the computer and the internet. If it does not work, set the correct time and date, or use other fixes in this guide.

Is There An Alternative To Updating Windows 10?

Use the Windows Media Creation Tool to download the updates into a USB through a second computer. Then, attach the USB to the problematic computer and perform a clean install of the Windows.

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