Could not update Vista SP1 due to 0x80072EFD error, so I started out by manually updating to SP2. No success. This was driving me absolutely insane until I actually read the
First, try resetting the HTTP proxy through an elevated command prompt with the following command:
netsh winhttp show proxy
If you are still receiving this error, be sure you follow this KB:
If this does not resolve the problem, try resetting Windows Update Components with the following Microsoft Fix It:
If this still does not work, be sure that WSUS GPO & registry settings are NOT in place!
First check GPO:
Administrative Templates->Windows Components->Windows Update, under the setting
Configure automatic updates. If this is already set to
Not configured, then check registry settings under:
For any WSUS keys. Deleting the WSUS keys I found in the registry fixed my issue.