Is your Windows Store insisting you should “Check your connection”, even when your connection is fine? You’re not alone. Many Windows users have reported this persistent ‘0x80072efd error’. Fortunately, it’s usually not too hard to fix. 

Try these fixes…

Here are 7 solutions for you to try. You may not need to try them all; just work your way down until you find the one that works for you.

1. Update your device drivers
2. Disable your proxy
3. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
4. Update Windows System
5. Clear Windows Store
6. Rename the software distribution folder
7. Reset or reinstall Windows

Fix 1: Update your device drivers

One of the most common causes of this error is corrupted or outdated device drivers. So you should definitely try updating your drivers before trying anything more complicated. You can do this manually, if you like, by visiting each manufacturer’s download page, finding the right drivers, etc. But that takes time and computer skills. If you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and installs any driver updates your computer needs.

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy, then click Scan Now. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

Note: You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

Fix 2: Disable your proxy

If you’re using a proxy to connect to the internet, use the following steps to disable it.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows Key (with windows logo) and R together.

2) Type “inetcpl.cpl” in the box and click the OK button.

3) Go to “Connections” tab and click LAN Settings.

4) Check the box which says “Automatically detect settings” and uncheck the box under Proxy server. Then click the OK button.

5) Go check the Windows Store app.

Fix 3: Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

The error code may be related to Windows Update error. The Windows Update Troubleshooter is an inbuilt tool that helps to fix Windows update errors. The steps below help you fix this issue.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows Key (with windows logo) and I (the “i” key) together.

2) Click Update & Security.

3) Under Troubleshoot tab click Windows Update and then click Run the troubleshooter.

4) After finishing the troubleshooting process, restart your computer and check the error is fixed or not.

Fix 4: Update Windows

The 0x80072efd error may be the result of a problem in Windows, itself, or a conflict between Windows and another program. So you should check to see if there are Windows updates available and if there are, install them.

1) On your keyboard, press the Windows Key (with windows logo) and I (the “i” key) together.

2) Click Update & Security.

3) Click Check for updates first, then click Install Now.

4) Follow the instructions and then check whether the error is fixed.

Fix 5: Clear Windows Store Cache

The 0x80072efd error may be caused by a damaged Windows Store Cache. To fix it, you can clear the Windows Store cache as follows:

1) Click the Windows start button, type wsreset and click “Run as administrator”.

2) A command prompt window will open and then close automatically. After that, you’ll see a confirmation message shows up saying: “The cache for the Store was cleared. You can now browse the Store for apps”.

Check to see if the 0x80072efd error is resolved and the Windows Store app is working normally.

Fix 6: Rename the software distribution folder

If the above solutions won’t work for you, you should try renaming the Software Distribution:

1) Click the Windows start button, type command prompt in the search bar and click “Run as administrator”.

2) Type (or copy-paste) the below commands into the Command Prompt window one by one. After typing one line, press the Enter key and then go next.

net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
rename c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
net start wuauserv
net start bits

3) Type exit and press the Enter key to close the Command Prompt window.

4) Reboot your computer.

Now check to see if your Windows Store is working normally.

Fix 7: Reset or reinstall Windows

If all else fails, you may have to reset Windows, or maybe even reinstall it together. We all know reinstalling will delete all the data on your hard drive, you have to back up all your important files before doing it.
However, with Fortect, there’s no need for lengthy back-ups, support phone calls, or risk to your personal data. It can reset Windows to the state exactly when it was just installed without affecting third-party software.
Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download and install Fortect.
  2. Open Fortect and click Yes to run a free scan of your PC.
  3. Fortect will scan your computer thoroughly. This may take a few minutes.
  4. Once done, you’ll see a detailed report of all the issues on your PC. To fix them automatically, click START REPAIR. This requires you to purchase the full version. But don’t worry. If Fortect doesn’t solve the issue, you can request a refund within 60 days.
The Pro version of Fortect comes with 24/7 technical support. If you need any assistance, please contact Fortect support:

But treat these options as a last resort, because they both take quite a long time.

Hopefully this article has helped you resolve the 0x80072EFD error. If you have any questions or suggestions, please leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to help.

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