How To Resolve Windows Update Error 0x80070422

How to resolve windows update error 0x80070422
Posted On:
December 26, 2023
Updated On:
March 31, 2024
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What is Windows update error 0x80070422

A scheduled Windows update cannot be executed due to error 0x80070422. The error message associated with this issue states: “There were some difficulties encountered while installing updates, but we will attempt again at a later time. If you continue to encounter this problem and wish to search the internet or seek assistance, this information may be helpful: 0x80070422.” Although third-party antivirus programs could potentially trigger error 0x80070422, the primary cause is typically the disabled update service of the operating system.

Enable update service

Encountering error code 0x80070422 frequently disrupts downloads, despite multiple attempts. Therefore, your active involvement is crucial. Fortunately, enabling the update service in Windows is a simple process. Here are the necessary steps:

  1. Launch “Run”. To do this, press the key combination [Windows] and [R].
  2. Enter the command services.msc in the corresponding field and confirm with [Enter] or click “Ok”.
  3. Find the option “Windows Update” in the list and double-click on it.
  4. A new window will open. Look for the “Startup type” option. After clicking on it, you have four choices: “Automatic (Delayed startup)”, “Automatic”, “Manual” and “Disabled”. Select “Automatic” and go to “Ok”.
  5. Restart the PC and try to perform the update again. The error 0x80070422 should now no longer prevent you from doing so.

Damaged system file checks

If error 0x80070422 persists, a damaged system file may be the cause. It is recommended to check for this issue. Here are the steps to do so:

  1. Press the key combination [Windows] and [R] again.
  2. Enter “cmd” and press the [Ctrl], [Shift] and [Enter] keys simultaneously.
  3. Confirm with “Yes”. Now continue as administrator.
  4. Enter the following command and execute it completely:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
  1. Enter the next command:
sfc /scannow
  1. Restart your PC and try to perform the update again. 0x80070422 should no longer appear.

Disable antivirus software

If neither of the aforementioned methods proves to be effective, error 0x80070422 is likely a result of your antivirus software or Firewall. In such cases, we suggest that you disable your third-party security systems temporarily while updating. Once the update is finished, you can then proceed to reactivate all programs, thereby ensuring complete protection.

Seek Microsoft support

If the error persists, Microsoft support or online forums may provide further troubleshooting steps for error 0x80070422.