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Windows 7 & 2008 R2 Update error 80072EFE

When you try to search for an update you receive an error code 80072EFE

This might happen on systems that have not been updated for many years or that had a clean install with very old install media.

The solution is to manually install KB3138612. Download from the link below.

If you can’t install the update, make sure you are running Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 or 2008 R2. Download from the link below.

After the SP update, reboot and try the KB3138612 update again and reboot again.

Searching for updates should now work!