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June 8, 2006

Windows Update Error Solved

Filed under: Uncategorized — benjamin harrell @ 7:13 pm

Just had this one creep up on me after reinstalling XP:

 [Error number: 0x80072F8F]
Your computer’s date and time appear to be out of sync with an update certificate. To fix this:
1. In the Control Panel, open date and Time Properties
2. Ensure that the date and time are correct.
Read more about steps you can take to resolve this problems (error number 0x80072F8F) yourself.

After mucho searching, newsgroups, etc. I found what worked for me so I had to blog about it because it took forever to find!  You will kick yourself for not thinking of this one. Check your BIOS clock!!!!!  Mine said 2002…only 4 years ago!  Apparently the SSL Certificate validation uses an API call or something that ends up checking your BIOS clock and not your Windows clock.  I hope this saves someone out there a couple of hours and some gray hairs.  Good Luck!

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36 Comments »

  1. It helped me today, and in Vista 🙂

    Comment by James — December 10, 2006 @ 7:31 pm

  2. Windows update error in Vista

    I was getting this error when I was trying to run the Windows Update in Vista. Not a very useful error message but just an error number – 80072f8f. There was no other information available. The help link took me to pages that had no relevance. I did a …

    Trackback by james paul p -> just another tech blog — December 10, 2006 @ 8:45 pm

  3. Thank you, just installed a new motherboard, you have saved me hours!!!

    Comment by Thank You — May 29, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

  4. If you have Kaspersky Internet
    Security disabel the “Check all encrypted connections” in Kaspesky , and Windows Update will connect again. This option can be found under
    network settings.

    Comment by idbali — June 24, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

  5. cant beleive that was the problem! Thank you!

    Comment by wow — July 31, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

  6. You rock!

    Comment by kfirdm — October 31, 2007 @ 11:45 am

  7. how do you access your bios clock? i’m running on vista buisness and its not letting me update and i have hte same problem as u

    Comment by Alvin — January 24, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

  8. Alvin – BIOS is usually a function of the hardware and you have to press a button during the boot sequence like F2, DEL, or F10. Might be faster to GOOGLE your computer model and ‘BIOS’ or just post it here and i’ll try to help.

    Comment by benjamin harrell — January 24, 2008 @ 3:45 pm

  9. Ah, that kaspersky tip is what got me!!

    Comment by Brett — January 31, 2008 @ 2:46 pm

  10. Ah, that kaspersky tip is what got me!!

    Comment by Brett — January 31, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  11. kaspersky me too

    Comment by Ed — June 14, 2008 @ 1:45 pm

  12. thanks alot that was usful,the windows upate error was getting on my nerves

    Comment by TONY — August 5, 2008 @ 4:55 pm

  13. it helped me today! thanks.

    Comment by rct — August 18, 2008 @ 8:55 pm

  14. Thank you very much, i wasnt able to update my vista till now, but now i can!

    Comment by Cristhian — August 20, 2008 @ 8:14 pm

  15. You’re right! I’d kick my ass to oblivion for not thinking of that if I could! 😛

    Comment by Kenneth — September 12, 2008 @ 7:22 am

  16. hai guys i want clear this error plz send me recovery of this error…..

    Comment by karteek — November 29, 2008 @ 12:09 am

  17. this was very useful thanks a million

    Comment by curtis — December 6, 2008 @ 3:00 am

  18. Thanks mate, that was perfect. Solved the problem exactly.

    Comment by FrozenNorth — December 6, 2008 @ 6:32 pm

  19. It not helped in my case. I clicked “update windows time now”, the clock is now correct (and so was before), but the update service still writing this error code (80072f8f).

    Comment by deejayy — March 13, 2009 @ 1:25 am

  20. Updating the time and synchrosnising to web server didn’t resolve the issue (on Win Vista Home edtiton)
    The following steps did
    Issue Resolved

    Greetings
    This problem has been resolved by the followings steps
    1. I visited the Windows Update Catalog http://catalog.update.microsoft.com
    2. I downloaded the latest security updates and run all of them (one at a time)
    – Security Update for Windows Vista (KB958690)
    – Update for Windows Vista (KB957000)
    – Update for Windows Vista (KB959772)
    – Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool – March 2009 (KB890830)
    3. I rebooted the system (in my case Windows Vista Home Edition)
    4. I reran Windows update and the update connection was successful

    Comment by qtkiwi — March 16, 2009 @ 3:09 am

  21. This did not solve even tho my new Windows 2008 Server did have in fact a date problem. My date settings were 1 day ahead.

    I’m sure it has something to do with my brother’s Delorean being back in the park lot (havent seen him or the car for 3 years now).

    Comment by Ivan Radisson — April 14, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  22. I beg your pardon kind sirs,

    I didnt pay attention at first for the fact that the Year field was also wrong, it was on 2007, we’re in 2009 now.

    The problem has been solved.

    I’m having a little chat with the brother later tonight, during dinner plans.

    Comment by Ivan Radisson — April 14, 2009 @ 9:19 am

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  24. Many thanks worked for me.

    Comment by Cheap TVs, Cheap Laptops, Cheap Netbooks, Cars — August 19, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

  25. Thanks a lot, it helped me in windows 2008 server

    Comment by Sridhar — September 29, 2009 @ 8:36 am

  26. Thanks, this just worked to fix the same error on 2008 Server R2

    Comment by Matt — November 10, 2009 @ 4:31 pm

  27. thank you so much, I struggled for a couple of days with this error but you have just saved my bacon. many many thaanks

    Comment by Tom — January 4, 2010 @ 4:29 am

  28. Hey Thanks A Lot…..

    Comment by Ali-Danger — August 8, 2010 @ 9:29 am

  29. Aha… No wonder Windows Live/Updater wouldn’t work… XD

    Comment by Naoki — January 23, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

  30. EXCELLENT POST
    Solved my issue quickly

    Comment by Name — April 12, 2011 @ 7:24 am

  31. THANKS A LOT DUDE 🙂

    Comment by Name — April 12, 2011 @ 7:24 am

  32. i try date and time are reset but i am not solve this problem pls give me more advice aboute this problem

    Comment by nitin rohit — April 17, 2012 @ 4:39 am

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