Fix: Windows Update Error 0x80070422 in Windows 10

When you open Settings and check for updates on your Windows 10 computer, error 0x80070422 appears. Here is the full error message:

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: (0x80070422)

windows update error error 0x80070422

The full description for error code 0x80070422 is The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.

The error message above is self-explanatory. All you need to do is to start the Windows Update service (wuauserv).

Fix: Windows Update Error 0x80070422 in Windows 10

To fix the problem, start the Windows Update service.

  1. Launch the Services MMC (services.msc)
  2. Double-click Windows Update
  3. Set its startup type to Manual
  4. In the Log On tab, select Local System account.
  5. Switch to the General tab, and click Apply
  6. Click Start to start the Windows Update service.
If the Windows Update service is missing from the list, see the article Error 0x80070424 in Windows Update to restore the service entry back.

You can also change the Windows Update service Start type using Command Prompt or the Registry Editor.

Using Command Prompt

This sets the Windows Update start type to Manual.

Access Denied when changing the Windows Update service Start type

If you receive the Access Denied error when changing the Windows Update service Start type, then use the Registry Editor to change the Start type manually.

  1. Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Go to the following branch:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv
  3. Double-click the DWORD value named Start and set its data to 3
    windows update error error 0x80070422
    Service Startup types and the Start registry value:
    
    0x00000002 means Automatic start
    0x00000003 means Manual start (a.k.a demand start)
    0x00000004 means Disabled
    
  4. Exit the Registry Editor
  5. Restart Windows.

Can’t update the WU service startup type in Registry Editor?

If you receive the Access Denied error (again) when updating the registry value using the Registry Editor, do one of the following:

Option 1 (preferred): Change the registry setting by starting the Registry Editor as LOCALSYSTEM or TrustedInstaller.

Option 2: Take ownership of the Windows Update service registry key mentioned below, and assign the necessary permissions.



HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\wuauserv

For more information on taking ownership of a registry key and assign the permissions, check out the article Take Ownership of a Registry Key And Assign Full Permissions.

Alternately, you can do the same using SetACL.exe console tool. For more information, check out the article Take Ownership of Registry Key & Assign Permissions Using Command-line

Now, see if you can change the Windows Update service Startup type using the Services MMC or Command Prompt.

Fix 2: Disable IPv6 temporarily

If the Windows Update service is already running and yet the error 0x80070422 occurs, disable IPv6 temporarily using these steps:

  1. Right-click Start, click Run
  2. Type ncpa.cpl and press ENTER
  3. Right-click on your internet connection and then select Properties.
  4. In the list of items, uncheck Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6).
  5. Click OK and restart the computer.
  6. After installing the update(s), re-enable IPv6.

This should fix the Windows Update error 0x80070422.


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12 thoughts on “Fix: Windows Update Error 0x80070422 in Windows 10”

  1. Useless. NONE of this worked. I was told the updates were obnoxious and turned them off, but I thought I put it on manual not disabled. Now I can’t get any updates and I can’t use the Microsoft store and it’s really starting to piss me off…

    All I get is “Access denied” or “Error writing the values new contents”… This is what I get for buying a PC instead of a Mac… I NEVER had to jump through hoops like this with my old 2009 Macbook. What a pain in the a__…

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    • Perry is 100% right here. I was having the same issue as Dany May’s all i did was follow the above given instructions of “How to take Ownership of registry keys and assign full permissions” and it worked man. Thanks Ramesh brother you saved a lot of time i was going crazy. Much appreciated!

  2. This guide saved me. All I got was “Access denied” or “Error writing the values new contents”. What fixed it for me was changing ownership of the part of the registry tree, i.e wuauserv, that you want to edit. I added my user account and now it works.

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