Windows Error Code 80072f8f
The Windows Error Code 80072f8f while updating Windows usually occurs when the date and time settings are incorrect or when the time zone is incorrectly configured. If you receive the Windows Update Error 80072f8f error while checking for updates, the date and time on your computer may not match that of the Windows update.
The 80072f8f error code is related to an incorrect date and time on your PC or to corrupted DLL files necessary to perform updates. Before you take any troubleshooting steps, make sure your computer's time and date are correct. You can do this by clicking on the time in the lower right corner of the desktop. If the time and date are incorrect, simply adjust them using the drop-down menus for the month, year, and time. Try to access again and download the updates.
Method 1: Check your date and time settings
- Click the Start button, type control panel and press Enter.
- Change the Small Display icons, double-click to open Date and Time.
- Tap Change date and time to specify the current date / time / year on your computer.
- When you are done with the date and time, tap Change time zone and make sure you have the correct time zone according to your location. Set your current time zone and press OK.
- Next, on the Internet Time tab, choose Edit Settings.
- Select the Synchronize with an Internet Time Server check box and choose a time server from the list. (for example, time.windows.com). Tap Update now.
- When the time is updated, press OK twice to close all open windows and check for updates.Or, there is a better solution to the 80072f8f error problem. Just synchronize your computer's clock with any Internet time server.
To do this, simply follow the steps below.
- Click the Start button, click Control Panel, click Clock, Language and Region, and then click Date and Time.
- Click the Internet Time tab, and then click Change Settings. If the system asks you for an administrator password, you may need to enter it.
- Click Synchronize automatically with an Internet time server, select a time server, and then click OK.
Method 2: Change the advanced security settings in Internet Explorer
- In the Internet Explorer main menu, click Tools and choose Internet Options.
- On the Advanced tab, in the Security section, uncheck the following options: Verify the certificate revocation of the publisher. Check the revocation of the server certificate.
- Click OK. Restart Internet Explorer.
- Try to update your computer now.
Method 3: Check invalid proxy settings
Invalid proxy settings can also cause error 80072F8F because the MS protocol is very fussy about presenting a secure connection. Here is a quick guide on how to disable proxy settings on Windows:
- Click the Start button and type inetcpl.cpl. Press Enter to open the Internet Properties window.
- Click the Connections tab, and then click LAN Settings.
- If the box under Proxy Server is checked, uncheck it and click OK. Then, click Apply in the Internet properties.
- Restart your system and try to reapply the Windows Update.