If you get the error message “Media Creation Tool Error 0X80072F8F – 0X20000” when installing or opening the Media Creation Tool on your Windows 7, 8, 10 & 11 computer, read the solution carefully given in this article and apply each method step by step. This error may also come when upgrading the Windows OS.
There was a problem running this tool.
Error code: 0X80072F8F - 0X20000
What is Media Creation Tool
Media Creation Tool is a tiny tool that is developed by Microsoft itself. This tool is used for creating bootable Windows USB/DVD drives. By using this tool, you can make a bootable pen drive, and using that pen drive, you can upgrade or install Windows OS.
Generally, this tool runs flawlessly and doesn’t give any errors, but if there is some problem with the OS, you may get Media Creation Tool Error 0X80072F8F – 0X20000.
How to Fix Media Creation Tool Error?
The error code 0X80072F8F – 0X20000 doesn’t give proper details to understand it. It just says “We’re not sure what happened, but we’re unable to run this tool on your PC”.
After researching a lot on this error, we arrived at the conclusion that this error occurs due to missing dll files, corrupted system files, malfunctioning in the Software Distribution folder, bugs in the registry files, etc. Viruses and malware also cause the above error.
Method 1: Fix using the Outbyte PC Repair Tool
Method 2: Reset Software Distribution Folder
The software distribution folder contains the temporary windows updates files, which may interfere with the Media creation tool. Clean this folder before using the media creation tool. You can do that as follows:
Method 3: Update to enable TLS 1.1, TLS 1.2, or TLS 1.3
If you are using the old TLS 1.0 version, then you may receive the error code 0X80072F8F – 0X20000. This is because most of the servers don’t communicate over TLS 1.0, and it requires a more secure protocol than TLS 1.1 and higher.
To rectify this issue, upgrade your TLS version and then try to run the media creation tool. You can upgrade your TLS version as follows:
Method 4: Enable TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\WinHttp] “DefaultSecureProtocols”=dword:00000a00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Internet Settings\WinHttp] “DefaultSecureProtocols”=dword:00000a00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.1\Client] “DisabledByDefault”=dword:00000000 “Enabled”=dword:00000001 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Client] “DisabledByDefault”=dword:00000000 “Enabled”=dword:00000001
Method 5: Add AllowOSUpgrade entry to the Registry file.
If the media creation tool is unable to upgrade your PC and shows you the Error code: 0X80072F8F – 0X20000, you must add the “AllowOSUpgrade” entry to the registry file.
It will start the OS upgrade without raising the error 0X80072F8F – 0X20000.
Method 6: Restart Windows Update Service
Restarting the Windows update service might fix the problem as well. You can restart the windows update service either using the Service window or using the command prompt.
net stop wuauserv
net start wuauserv
Method 7: Start Windows in Clean Boot Mode
If all the above solutions didn’t work for you, then start Windows 8/10/11 in clean boot mode. Sometimes, third-party apps and drivers create problems in Windows updates and upgrades and can cause the Media Creation Tool Error code: 0X80072F8F – 0X20000.
If you are getting the Media Creation Tool Error code: 0X80072F8F – 0X20000 when creating a bootable USB drive or, upgrading your computer, then read the instructions given in this article to fix this problem.