[Fix] Error 0x80070424 in Windows Update and Microsoft Store

When you attempt to check for updates from the Windows Update settings page, error 0x80070424 may appear.

Error encountered
There were some problems installing updates, but we’ll try again later. If you keep seeing this and want to search the web or contact support for information, this may help (0x80070424)

windows update error  0x80070424

The same error appears when you try to install a standalone Windows Update package (.msu). Full error message is mentioned below:

Windows Update Standalone Installer
Installer encountered an error: 0x80070424
The specified service does not exist as an installed service.

windows update installer error  0x80070424

Additionally, installing or updating apps from Microsoft Store also causes 0x80070424. Here is the full error message:

Something unexpected happened

Reporting this problem will help us understand it better. You can
wait a bit and try again or restart your device. That may help.

Code: 0x80070424

windows store error  0x80070424

Also, running the command SC QC WUAUSERV (to query the Windows Update service status) from Command Prompt returns the error [SC] OpenService FAILED 1060: The specified service does not exist as an installed service.

windows update service missing 0x80070424

When you run the Windows Update Troubleshooter to fix Windows Update errors, you may see the following message:

Service registration is missing or corrupt

and the troubleshooting status reported as Not fixed

windows update service registration missing - troubleshooter

What causes error 0x80070424 in Windows Update and Microsoft Store?

Error code 0x80070424 denotes The specified service does not exist as an installed service. This can be evident as when you open the Services console (services.msc), the Windows Update service or the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) service may be missing from the list.
windows update service missing in the list

Solution: Error 0x80070424 in Windows Update and Microsoft Store

To fix the error 0x80070424, restore the Windows Update service registry keys using the following steps [for Windows 10].

  1. Download w10-wuauserv.zip, unzip and extract the contents to a folder
  2. Run the file w10-wuauserv.reg and click Yes when asked for confirmation.

    The registry file restores the Windows Update service registry key (wuauserv) located in the following registry branch:


    wuauserv - Windows Update service registry keys

  3. After running the REG file, restart Windows.

    When you open the Services console (services.msc) after restarting Windows, the Windows Update service should be listed and status shown as running.

    Is Background Intelligent Transfer Service missing in Services MMC?

    In case the Background Intelligent Transfer Service service is missing in the list of services, run the w10-bits.reg file (included in the above .zip file) and restart Windows.

    tips bulb iconIf you encounter any other Windows Update errors on your system, run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Check out the article Fix Windows Update Errors in Windows 10 [Troubleshooting] for details.

    That’s it! The above steps should help you resolve Windows Update error code 0x80070424 on your Windows computer.

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

40 thoughts on “[Fix] Error 0x80070424 in Windows Update and Microsoft Store”

  1. No lie this actually worked haha I was for sure this was going to be a virus. Thank you so much, finally after 2 days of watching useless Youtube videos this has fixed it!

  2. Na .. Did not work for me. Installed wuauserv in reg.. Restarted windows and went back to reg to check and it was not there any more..

  3. I actually tried many ways and read many forums…
    But nothing worked except this one…
    So, many many thanks…

  4. Okay, this actually worked.

    This was one of the first that I opened and then ignored because I thought the zip file was a virus. After not finding any fixes on other websites, even on microsoft, I said why not, and this actually worked.

    A very simple way to fix Error 0x80070424.

    Thank you so much!

  5. thanks a lot man, the GREAT MICROSOFT could not do which you did…u r above the company bro
    they should hire u
    thanks man really…i am so happy now..i got a bunch of updates now…haha

  6. I am sure a lot of people here are skeptical/paranoid, and I was too, I thought a lot of the comments saying it’s not a virus were lying. Thankfully, I was wrong, and this fix worked flawlessly!
    Thank you so very much!!!

  7. Hey, I did what you said here. But then suddenly, my laptop just keeps crashing into blue screen and says: SYSTEM_SERVICE_SETTING

    Can’t seem to find a fix online. I think, it is when it tries to update, it suddenly crashes.

    Anyone having the same problem?

  8. thank you so much to resolve my problem .. i have tried so methods and commands but none worked . finally got your blog n it worked like a magic . love it

  9. I was so freakin skeptical of downloading a file that changed something on my computer. But after several months and many restarts and fixes I felt like I had no choice, and the comments were positive so I thought.. alright here we go.
    Holy moly it worked. I have a lot of updates now which is going to take forever but hey at the end I’ll have a properly functioning computer again! And maybe I can get my video driver to work properly again.

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