Last updated on June 12th, 2018
The Windows Update 0x80244022 or 0x80072ee2 error occur because Windows cannot connect to Windows Update Servers to receive the updates. This is due to several reasons, like corrupted registry files or keys, incorrect date/time or Firewall settings, etc.
In this guide you can find detailed instructions to solve the Windows Update 0x80244022 or 0x80072ee2 errors on Windows 10, 8 or 7 OS
How to Fix the Windows Update Error(s) 0x80244022 or 0x80072ee2.
Suggestion: Before applying the methods below, make sure that your computer is clean from malware. To accomplish this task, use the steps in this Malware Scan and Removal Guide.
Solution 1. Check your date and time settings.
Ensure that your computer's date and time are correct. To do that:
2. Press Change date and time to specify the current date/time/year in your computer.
5. When finished with date/time, press Change time zone and ensure that you have the proper time zone according to your location.
5a. Set your current Time Zone and press OK.
6. Then click the Internet Time tab and choose Change settings.
7. Check the "Synchronize with an Internet time server" checkbox & then choose a Time Server from the list. (e.g. time.windows.com)
7a. Press Update Now.
8. When the time is updated, press OK twice to close all open windows and check for Updates.
Solution 2: Modify Windows Update Settings in Registry.
3. At the left pane, navigate to this key: *
* Note: If you cannot find the 'WindowsUpdate' key, then continue to next solution.
4. Right click at AU key and select Delete.
5. Restart your system and check for updates.
Solution 3. Force Windows to re-create the Windows Update Store folder
The second method to fix problems with the updates in Windows 10, is to recreate the Windows Update Store folder ("C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution"), which is the location where Windows stores the downloaded updates. To do that:
3. Right click on Windows Update service and select Stop.
4. Then, open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows folder.
5. Select and Delete the “SoftwareDistribution” folder.*
(Click Continue at "Folder Access Denied" window).
* Note: The next time that the Windows Update will run, a new empty SoftwareDistribution folder will be automatically created by Windows to store updates.
6. Restart your computer and then try to check for updates.
Solution 4. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter.
Microsoft offers the Windows Update Troubleshooter tool, in order to fix problems with Windows Update.
1. Download and run the Windows Update Troubleshooter, according to your Windows Version .
2. Restart your computer.
3. Check for updates.
Solution 5: Modify Advanced Security Settings in Internet Explorer.
The next solution to fix the Windows Update Error(s) 0x80244022 or 0x80072ee2, is to modify the Advanced Security Settings in Internet Explorer. To do that:
1. From Internet Explorer main menu, click: Tools and choose Internet Options.
2. Go to the Advanced tab.
3. Under Security section, uncheck the following:
- Check for publisher’s certificate revocation.
- Check for server certificate revocation.
4. Click OK
5. Restart Internet Explorer.
6. Try to Update your computer now.
Solution 6. Modify Firewall settings / Add exceptions.
If you use a firewall program, disable it until you install updates or add the following Windows Update websites to the exceptions list.
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