How to Fix: Windows 10 Media Creation Tool Error Code 0x80072f8f - 0x20000

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I'm not sure what happened, when I tried to launch the Windows 10 Media Creation tool after installed I get an error messages "Something happened 0x80070002 - 0x20016", there maybe something went wrong, so, any reason why? And how to fix it?

The Media Creation Tool is a great and one-stop solution that can be used to create a medium (USB or DVD) installer so that you can easily upgrade a different computer to latest Windows 10. However,this tool is not entirely flawless as expected, there may be some unknown errors arising time to time. In fact, there are a large number of Windows users greeting with error code 0x80070005 – 0x90002 when trying to upgrade to Windows 10 or create a bootable installer using the Media Creation Tool.

There are many different reasons causing the upgrade error 0x80072f8f – 0x20000 in your computer, but whatever the reasons, you still need to fix it by trying every way possible.

Causes of Error 0x80072f8f – 0x20000 in Windows 10

Error code 0x80070005 – 0x90002 usually arises when the Windows 10 download is finished, then try to run Getwindows10sds....exe and keep getting error message 0x80072F8F - 0x20000.

Maybe for different reasons:

1) Incorrect driver
2) missing DLLs
3) Misconfigured system files
4) Improper configuration
5) Hardware failure
6) Faulty or mismatched memory
7) Virus infections

Fix The Error 0x80072f8f – 0x20000 via updatenow Command

Step 1. Firstly, you need to go to this location:

Step 2. Then delete all files in it. Open your command prompt window as administrator.

Step 3. In the command window, Type this command "wuauclt.exe /updatenow" and press Enter button.

Step 4. Restart your computer and check if will still get the error messages.

If this issue is not fixed, try the Advanced System Repair Tool in the method 2.

Reset All Services Associated with Windows Update

Windows 10 Error Code 0x80072f8f - 0x20000 might be caused by misconfigured system files or corruption in Windows Update component files, so we can try to reset the Windows update component.

Step 1. Open the Start menu and type the CMD in the search box, right click the CMD option from the list then run as administrator. Or press Windows + X to run command.

Step 2. Run the following command to steop the BITS service, Cryptographic service and Windows update service.

net stop bits
net stop wuauserv
net stop appidsvc
net stop cryptsvc

net stop wuauserv

Now, this step requires you to rename the software distribution backup copies so that you can reset the some Windows services. Just perform the following command prompt.

Ren %systemroot%\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak

Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak

After you performing command above, it’s time to restart the Windows update service, BITS service, and Cryptographic service. Run the following command blow and press the Enter button.

net start bits
net start wuauserv
net start appidsvc
net start cryptsvc

Restart your computer and check if it works when you try to update.

Fix Windows 10 Media Error by Erasing The Cache Folders

You may get the upgrade error 0x80072f8f – 0x20000 due to the Corruption of the cache folders for the files needed to create a media installer, so, try to fix this issue by easing the cache folders present at C:\, named:


What’s more, if some system files and folders are hidden then you might not be able to completely erase the all cache files. So, you’d better modify the View parameters of C: so that you can view hidden and system folders and files.

Then try to create a your media install again, the Media creator tool will generate the needed cache files again.


Fix Windows 10 Media Creation Error 0x80070002-0x20016 by Registry

Sometimes the error 0x80070002-0x20016 may happen when you run the media creator tool, you can also fix this error by modifying the regedit.

Step 1. Type the regedit in teh search box on the taskbar, then choose the Registry Editor from the menu.

Step 2. In the Regedit, go to the following path.

Fix Windows 10 Media Creation Error 0x80070002-0x20016 by Registry

Step 3. Right click the blank area on the right side of the window, then select New > DWORD (32-bit) value.

Step 4. And rename the newly created value to "AllowOSUpgrade".


Step 5. Open the value "AllowOSUpgrade" you just created, then change the value to 1 with the hexidecimal base.

Step 6. After the settings are complete, close the regedit and run your Windows media installer.

Run Media Creation Tool as Administrator

Don’t laugh, Administrator privilege is critical if you want to change some system settings including installation. Windows 10 Error Code 0x80072f8f - 0x20000 might be caused by primitive issue, so, try to run Windows media Creation tool with administrator. Once you downloaded the Media Creation Tool, right-click its icon, then select "Run as administrator" from the context menu.

Windows 10 Error Code 0x80072f8f - 0x20000

Disable Your Antivirus

Antivirus conflict is the most likely cause of the error code , some antivirus tools may start many services in the background automatically and occupying some ports that originally belong to Windows Media Creation tool. If none of the solutions above can help you to fix the error code, then try to disable your antivirus temporarily in the Task Manager, then click End task.

Disable Your Antivirus

When running the Media Creation Tool, you may encounter various of error codes, for example, 0x8007005-0x9002, 800704DD – 0x90016 or 0x80070015, don’t worry. Just follow the methods above to fix the error code, in most of the cases, the same fixes can be applied to all of them.