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How To Fix The 0x80072F8F Error in Windows 10?

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, Good afternoon. I need help with the elimination of errors 0h80072F8F in Windows 10.” – Erika C., Australia

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: You’re done installing Windows and ready to activate Windows when suddenly an error appears error 0x80072F8F and prevents you from doing so.

It can be a bit annoying when Windows won’t activate. But not to worry, this error is actually really easy to fix.

You simply need to follow these steps and Windows should activate normally.

Problem

The Following error message appears when trying to Activate Windows or Update Windows.

A problem occurred when Windows tried to activate. Error Code 0x80072F8F.

For a possible resolution, click More Information.

You can also contact Microsoft by phone to help resolve this problem.

Cause

Incorrect date and time settings are the most common reason for this error.

Solution

You should be able to fix the 0x80072F8F error by following these steps:

Correct The Date and Time

The 0x80072f8f error usually appears when a computer’s date and time differs too much from the actual time. You simply need to change the system time and date to match the actual time and date.

Press the Windows Key+R to open the Run dialog.

When it opens, type timedate.cpl in it and press Enter to run the command

0x80072F8F -- Windows 10 - timedate.cpl - Windows Wally

The following Window should appear with the Date and Time settings

0x80072F8F -- Windows 10 - timedate.cpl - 2 - Windows Wally

First, click the button labeled Change time zone… and then select the correct time zone.

0x80072F8F -- Windows 10 - timedate.cpl - 3 - Windows Wally

If you’re not sure what time zone you have, then please click this link to find out

Once you know which time zone you belong to, select it from the list of options by matching the UTC (and +- hour) value

0x80072F8F -- Windows 10 - timedate.cpl - 4 - Windows Wally

Click OK to Apply changes

0x80072F8F -- Windows 10 - timedate.cpl - 5 - Windows Wally

Now try again. The 0x80072f8f error should stop appearing.

Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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