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Windows could not search for new updates.

Fix Windows 7 Update Error Code 80072F8F
Many of the user are facing Windows 7 Update issue, when they try to update their Microsoft Windows 7 to get latest update but they will face trouble and which shows an error that Windows could not search for new updates. Even the internet connection was working perfectly. Windows update is very valuable features, because it will get latest drivers for installed programs, like Sound, Video, Ethernet, Windows own programs like, .Net Framework, MS Visual, Windows Installer and many more program relating to MS Windows. Generally the issue of subject error became due to a minor fault or lack of concentrations. It does not mean that the Error is from Microsoft's side, obviously it's a problem of your own system. I am sharing my this post which will definitely solve the issue relating to Error Code:80072F8F, but I can't be sure for different error code. The solution for this error code is mentioned below with the complete photo and video Tutorial so that users can easily fix the subject issue with no worries.

The exact Error code is here below with the screenshot.
"Windows could not search for new updates.
An error occurred while checking for new updates for your computer.

Error(s) found:
Code 80072F8F
Windows update encountered an unknown error."
Fix Windows 7 Update Error
Windows Update Error Screenshot

Just follow the below Steps to fix this issue.


Fix Windows 7 Update Error
Left click on date and timing then you follow step 2.


Fix Windows 7 Update Error
Then just click on "Change date and time settings..." and follow step-3


Fix Windows 7 Update Error
Now you have to click on "Change date and time..." and follow step-4


Fix Windows 7 Update Error
Now just correct the Year, Month and Date of your PC and enter ok twice.


Fix Windows 7 Update Error
Now just see your Date captured in Taskbar and sure that the date is current.

Step-6 And Check

Fix Windows 7 Update Error
Now Just Go to Start-->All Programs--->Windows Update... and See your update.

That's all you have to do.... 

Video Tutorial

If you are still having problem with above steps then you have also a choice to watch our below tutorial video with much easier steps...

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Windows could not search for new updates. Reviewed by Junaid Ahmed on 2:43:00 AM Rating: 5


  1. I tried the windows update fix but it did not help my problem - 80072EFE

  2. @TimC:
    Dear just visit this link "Microsoft FixIt" and you will get "Automatically diagnose and fix common problems with Windows Update" which is provided by Microsoft, just click on "Run now" button to start fixing your problem with Windows Update.
    Hope it'll fix your current problem. Try it.

  3. I think I have done that without any success. Not sure if it is the same fixit link. I have tried so many differenent things. Will try this one. Thanks

  4. I tried the link but it was the same one I had treied a few times. It says it is had fixed certain things but did not remove the problem.

  5. @TimC.
    Ok, Try this Method:
    1. Go to "Control Panel" and select "All Control Panel Items".
    2. Click on "Troubleshooting".
    3. On Troubleshooting Screen, Click on "Fix problems with Windows update" which is under the "System and Security" Link.
    4. Troubleshoot window will be appear and click on "Advance" link and ensure that "Apply repairs automatically" was checked.
    5. Click "Next" button to start finding the problems.

    Wish it will help you to sort out the problem immediately.


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