Windows 7 update problums error 80072F8F

                                    Tyring to find updates for my PC and all I get is error 80072F8F, and windows can't seem to repair problum. this is windows 7

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Last updated December 21, 2017 Views 1,257 Applies to:
                                    Tyring to find updates for my PC and all I get is error 80072F8F, and windows can't seem to repair problum. this is windows 7


Check your system time and timezone settings.  Make sure they are set correctly.

Check for malware:

Download, install, run, update and perform full system scans with the following two applications:

Removing everything they find.  Rebooting when needed.  (You can uninstall one or both when done.)

Then perform an online scan with the eSet Online Scanner.


Free up some hard drive space and get it organized:

Open an elevated command prompt by clicking on the start orb and browsing through All Programs --> Accessories and right-clicking on "Command Prompt" and choosing "Run as Administrator".

Type in the following in the command prompt:

dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded

... and press ENTER.

The process takes a few minutes to complete, it ends with the sentences “Service Pack Cleanup operation completed. The operation completed successfully”.

Use Disk Cleanup to eliminate more temporary files safely.  May want to schedule this regularly.

You can use an application that scans your system for log files and temporary files and use that to get rid of those:

Ccleaner (Free!)
( just the disk cleanup - don't play with the registry part for now )

Other ways to free up space..



Those can help you visually discover where all the space is being used.  Then you can determine what to do and what to delete/archive.

After that - you will want to check for any physical errors and arrange everything for more efficient access...

How to Run Disk Check in Windows 7

How to Defragment your hard drives
* will take time


Go ahead and reset Windows Update components

Visit the following web page and run the FixIt there, non-aggressive mode.  Reboot afterwards.


The less you have running all the time, the better the things you want to run will perform:

Use Autoruns to figure out what all is starting up when your computer does/when you log on.  Look up anything you do not know about using Google (and/or ask here.)  You can hopefully figure out if there are things starting when you computer does (or you logon) that you do not need and then configure them (via their own built-in mechanisms is the preferred method) so they do not start up - using your resources without reason.

You can download and utilize Process Explorer to see exactly what is taking up your processor/CPU time and memory.  This can help you recognize applications you might want to look into alternatives for and/or get rid of all together.

Shenan Stanley
MVP 2005-2011 & 2013-2015
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