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    Error code 80072EFE

    Suddenly when I check to see if there are any Windows Updates for my 8.1 installation, I am getting this error message and am unable to check for updates. I have run several antimalware checkers (Norton, Malwarebytes, ADWcleaner) and rootkit checkers. All returned negative results. I also tried a clean boot but that had no effect. I also ran the Windows Troubleshooter for this problem and it says it fixes several issues but the problem is still there.

    I can restore to an earlier image copy of Windows if necessary but I am trying to avoid that if possible. Anyone else experiencing this or have an idea how to solve it?

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    I've already done all that stuff too with zero effect.

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    Try Tweaking.com Windows Repair (All In One)

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    Thanks Coochin but running that didn't do anything for me. Great tool though. I've added it to my set of troubleshooting tools. I'll wait another day or two to see if I can find a solution. If no solution, I'll restore my image from a couple of months ago.

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    I found the problem. I had made a policy change that was advised. Turned out to be a mistake because that change made some web sites (including Windows Update) return an error code. I changed the policy to what it was previously and the problem was solved.

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