Windows Update Error 80072EE2

By whatmeworry2011 ·
I am unable to update windows even after trying a plethora of "solutions" on the net.
I'm enumerating the problems and the steps I've tried to rectify them for your kind perusal.
My specifications are:
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Version: 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Manufacturer: Lenovo
Model: 2767W3A (T400)
Type: x86-based PC
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T9400 @ 2.53GHz, 2534 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processors
(RAM): 2.00 GB
For Internet access, I'm using Easy Tether Lite (No root), tethered to my laptop via Samsung Galaxy Duos GT-I8552 v. 4.1.2
Everything was hunky-dory till a fortnight ago when these problems started.
These are the problems I'm having:
1.I'm unable to update windows even after setting it to automatic update. First it gave the error code 80072F78 but now it's persistent with 80072EE2.
2.In the Device Manager - Other devices, the following two programs have yellow exclamation marks, and even after trying innumerable times I haven't been able to update their drivers. These same two devices are listed as 'Problem Devices' in System Information. The error code for all of these is that the drivers for these devices is not installed (and I'm unable to download them).
A) PCI Serial Port
B) PCI Simple Communications Controller
(How do I upload the sysinfo file to you from mobile?)
3.I'm able to access some sites but not others through both Internet Explorer (11) and Google Chrome. For instance, I can access help for this particular windows error but can't access yahoo mail, hotmail or gmail. I can open but not log into techrepublic, askleo, etc. The page just keeps on 'waiting'. So I'm using my droid.
4.I'm also having problems with the DVD/CD-ROM drive (HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM DU20N ATA Device)
These are the steps I've taken to rectify them:
Downloaded and ran:
1 Windows Update Diagnostic troubleshooter.
Gave this error: "Windows Update error 0x8024402c (2014-08-25-T-01_30_49p)
Not Fixed"
Error Message:
"...We're sorry but the program encountered an error trying to contact the server. Please try again later.
To download a utility to troubleshoot this problem, click here"
I clicked there, ran DIAG_MATS_NETWORK_global
Error Message: "Troubleshooting was unable to automatically fix all of the issues found. You can find more details below
Problems found: Check for connections to UPLS used in SDP Service.
3.MicrosoftFixit 50362.msi
4.Stopped and started Windows Update (services.msc)
5.Update A

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