Error Code: 80072EFE on windows 8.1 RRS feed

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  • i need help and advice on my laptop windows 8.1 ever since i did the windows got the windiws 8.1 installion disk/usb stick and back on my laptop computer that i went back to from windows 10 home after i installed the updates that i needed for my computer to run right and now every time i tryto check for updates and i keep  getting this Error Code: 80072EFE  and i looked that code up it says to go to c drive then to windows then to system32 and look for catroot2 and it says to rename it also delete catroot2 and when i try to do both of them it wont let me do it at all can someone please help me to do this and fix the windows update and get ride of this error code 80072EFE
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:10 PM

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  • try this:

    Wednesday, June 21, 2017 8:26 PM
  • Hi,

    “when i try to do both of them it wont let me do it at all”

    Are there any error messages occur?

    If you haven’t privilege to rename the folder, try to run the following command as administrator to take owner ship of the folder.

    takeown /f <folder path and name> /r /d y

    Error code 80072EFE  means “error internet connection aborted”.

    I found there is a similar case as yours, you could try those steps such as check background programs, stopping Cryptographic Service then rename and delete Catroot2.

    For detailed information, please refer to Robbin Meng’s post.

    Best regards,


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    Tuesday, June 27, 2017 8:44 AM