How to Fix Windows 10 Store Error Code 0x80072EFD / 0x801901F7: Install Updates

Error Code 0x80072EFD / 0x801901F7 is related to Windows Store and common to Windows 10 users. Here’s how you can you fix it by following the solutions to this problem mentioned below. Usually, when this error occurs, WS fails to load and displays a black screen. Within 10 seconds, an error message pops-up consisting of error 0x80072EFD code.

There can a number of reasons behind this problem. But, the most-common arises when a computer fails to establish a connection with Windows Store servers. However, there can be more causes to it. Below, we have some fixes with respective step by step solution/procedure to resolve the issue.

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Let’s start solving the error 0x80072EFD or 0x801901F7. Here are the fix.

Solution 1: Clear the Windows Store cache

Clearing the cache of Windows Store may get the job done. Also, it may solve the further problems to be caused by this cache. Follow the steps to do it.

  1. Hold Windows button and press R. It will launch Run command box.
  2. Type in WSReset.exe and press Enter.
  3. Restart the computer and check if the Windows Store is up and running or not.

Related: 0x80072F8F.

Solution 2: Re-register the Windows Store

Sometimes, re-registering also solves the day. Follow the steps to get fix the issue.

  1. Press Windows button + X. It will open WinX Menu
  2. Locate and click on Command Prompt (Admin). It will launch Command Prompt (CMD) with administrative privileges.
  3. Type the following command into CMD and press Enter.
    PowerShell -ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Command “& {$manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + ‘\AppxManifest.xml’ ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest}
  4. After the command has been executed, close the Command Prompt
  5. Restart the computer. Then, try launching the Windows Store and check if the problem persists or gone.

Solution 3: Rename the Software Distribution folder

Search and find out a folder named Software Distribution. It is located in the root folder. At times, simply renaming the folder fixes the issue. It will force WIndows to create a new one automatically.

Follow the steps mentioned to get the job done.

  1. Hold Windows Logo and press X to launch WinX Menu.
  2. Then, click on Command Prompt (Admin). Command Prompt aka cmd with administrative privileges will be launched.
  3. Type the following commands one by one and press Enter:
    net stop wuauserv
    net stop cryptSvc
    net stop bits
    net stop msiserver
  4. Then, type the following command and press Enter:
    ren X:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    Note: Don’t forget to replace the X with the letter corresponding to a partition of your HDD/SSD having Windows installed on it. Usually, it is C:\
  5. Then, once again type the following commands one by one in the Command Prompt and press Enter after typing in each one:
    net start wuauserv
    net start cryptSvc
    net start bits
    net start msiserver
  6. Type Exit in cmd and press Enter to close it.
  7. Restart the computer and check if the problem has been resolved.

Solution 4: Enable TLS

If the above solutions don’t the fix the issue, it seems TLS has been disabled on the PC. If that’s the cause, simply enabling TLS should solve the problem. Following the steps to do it.

  1. Click on Start Menu
  2. Open Settings
  3. Select Network & Internet
  4. Select WiFI, then click Internet Options present on the right pane.
  5. Go to Advanced
  6. Under Settings, scroll and locate Security
  7. Check mark to the Use TLS 1.2 option, if it’s already. Check mark will imply that the option is enabled.
  8. Click Apply and then OK.
  9. Restart the computer. The issues should have been fixed by now. Confirm it by opening Windows Store.

Solution 5: Disable Proxy

If you are having a proxy enabled, then try disabling/deleting it. It may be causing/stopping Windows 10 from accessing Store.

  1. Press Windows+R keys to open cmd.
  2. Type in inetcpl.cpl and press Enter.
  3. Internet Properties settings will be open up.
  4. Click Connection tab and then on LAN Settings.
  5. Enable Automatically Detect Setting by checking the box next to it. Also, uncheck the box under Proxy Server.
  6. Also, uncheck the box under Proxy Server.
  7. Click OK and then opening Windows 10 Store once again.

The alternate solution follows:

  1. Open the command prompt with administrative privileges.
  2. Type the following command in cmd.
    netsh winhttp reset proxy
    It will reset the proxy settings and enable a direct internet access.
  3. Open Windows 10 Store and verify if the issue persists.

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