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Can't run Windows Update on newly installed Windows 8.1. Error code: 80072EE2


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#1 greymatters

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 07:01 PM

Just built a new gaming pc myself, all new parts, first build so maybe there's something I'm not doing right. But I was following this guide for windows 8.1 installation However I decided not to do any of those tweaks under "System Setup after Installation" I just skipped to installing drivers so it's a pretty normal installation. That's just extra information, probably not relevant.

 

Installed windows 8.1 OEM.

 

Installed my drivers and I connected to internet but when I try to check for windows updates I get this error

 

Code: 80072EE2

 

Looked online for a solution, found one on windows website. I then downloaded WindowsUpdateDiagnostic from another PC and ran it on the PC i'm having issues with, it fixed something but I still can't update.

 

 

I also can't open a webpage using internet explorer even thought I'm connected to the internet. When I type any address it just loads "waiting for ..."

I've also noticed that windows is not activated when I try to activate it I get "Windows can't activate. Try again later."

 

Don't know if relevant but I actually installed Windows the first two times incorrectly, I mean it installed fine but I was trying to install on a GPT formatted SSD (used diskpart with command prompt at windows install window to clean and convert to GPT) but even though I formatted with GPT I kept ending up with a MBR formatted SSD. The problem was I wasn't booting from a UEFI Device. Third time I made sure I did and it worked.

 

Also I noticed restarting my PC is taking a little more longer than I've experienced before. I see a screen saying "Restarting" with a loading icon for like a full minute and then the PC boots up again but it never shuts down which I find odd. I don't know if it's a feature of my new motherboard or something (MSI Z97 Gaming 5).

 

I have the correct time and date settings on my pc and I have not installed an AV yet. I'm also getting help from reddit, but no one has responded back with any new solutions in quite some time now.

 

Should I just reinstall my OS? That would be a lot quicker. I just don't want to because it's a new SSD but also I may have the same problem again idk.

 



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Posted 12 December 2014 - 09:18 PM

Solved it myself! Only took half the day... All I did was just delete all files and folders in my temp folder and suddenly poofff! like magic I could access the internet and I can update windows. I'm installing updates right now hopefully once I restart my computer it'll still work!

Here is where I found the solution
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1946566/laptop-connection-shows-connected-access-internet-application.html






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