Full Fix: Firewall Settings Error 0x80070422 in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

By: Marian Cularea
6 minute read

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Well after hearing a lot of our Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 users recent issues about the error code 0x80070422 I have decided to explain a bit below as why you get this error message and also what steps you will need to take to fix error code 0x80070422 and be able to change the settings to your Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Firewall at will.

The error message 0x80070422 in Windows 8 appears in most of the cases when you try to enable the Windows Firewall. The reasons as to why you get this message can start from a variety of Malware or Virus infections to your Windows device and ending with some necessary Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Updates that you did not make until now. Nevertheless, you can follow the instructions below in the order they are described for a quick and easy fix to your issue.

Tutorial on how to fix error 0x80070422  in Windows 10, 8.1 and 7

Windows Firewall is a great way to protect your PC from malicious applications and users. Unfortunately, certain errors can sometimes appear with Windows Firewall, and speaking of errors, these are some of the common errors that users reported:

  • Error code 0x80070422 Windows 10 – This error can appear on your Windows 10 PC and prevent the firewall from working properly. However, you should be able to fix it using one of our solutions.
  • Windows Firewall can’t change some of your settings error code 0x80070424 – Sometimes this error can appear while trying to change certain settings in your firewall. This might be caused by malware, so be sure to perform a detailed malware scan.
  • Windows Firewall won’t turn on, start – This is another problem that you might encounter. To fix it, make sure that the required services are running properly.
  • Windows Firewall turns itself off – Several users reported that their Windows Firewall turns itself off. This is a strange problem that can occur due to corrupted Windows installation.
  • Windows Firewall can’t change settings – If you can’t change the settings of Windows Firewall, the issue might be file corruption or any other problem. However, you can fix that problem by performing System Restore.
  • Windows Firewall not working – In some cases, Windows Firewall won’t work at all. This can be a big security risk, and in order to fix that problem, be sure to try some of our solutions.

Solution 1 – Scan your PC for malware

If you’re constantly getting error 0x80070422 while trying to access Windows Firewall, the problem might be a malware infection. Certain malware can prevent you from opening Windows Firewall, but you can fix that by performing a detailed system scan.

If you don’t have an antivirus tool, you might want to consider using Bitdefender, BullGuard or Panda Antivirus. All these tools offer great security and they should be able to protect you from all malware threats.

After scanning your PC with one of these tools, the problem should be resolved and you’ll be able to access Windows Firewall without any problems. Several users suggested using Microsoft’s Malware scanner, so you might want to try that as well.


Solution 2 – Use Microsoft’s Fix it tool

If you’re getting error 0x80070422 while trying to run Windows Firewall, you might be able to fix the problem by using a Fix it tool from Microsoft. Microsoft is aware of this issue, and it has released a Fix it tool that might help you. To fix the problem, simply download the Fix it tool and run it.

Follow the instructions on the screen and the tool should automatically fix the problem with your firewall.


Solution 3 – Change Windows Update settings

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click on Update and recovery.
  3. Left click the Choose how updates get installed option.
  4. Enable Important Updates option.
  5. Set Recommended updates to Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.
  6. Click Apply to save changes.

Keep in mind that this solution works only for Windows 8 and 8.1.


Solution 4 – Make sure that Windows Firewall service is running

If you’re getting error 0x80070422 while trying to use Windows Firewall, the problem might be your services. Windows Firewall requires certain services to be enabled in order to work properly, and you can enable these services by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter services.msc. Now press Enter or click OK.
    Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings error code 0x80070424
  2. When Services window opens, locate and double click on Windows Defender Firewall.
    Windows Firewall won't turn on
  3. Make sure that Startup type is set to Automatic and that the service is running. Now click on Apply and OK to save changes.
    Error code 0x80070422 Windows 10

After enabling this service, you should be able to start and configure Windows Defender without any problems.

In addition to Windows Defender Firewall service, it’s also recommended to configure both Windows Update and Background Intelligent Transfer Service. To fix the problem, you need to do the following:

  1. Make sure that Windows Update service is running and set its Startup type to Automatic.
  2. Now start Background Intelligent Transfer Service and set its Startup type to Manual.

After doing that, check if the problem is resolved.


Solution 5 – Use Startup repair feature

Sometimes this problem can be related to a corrupted Windows 10 installation, and to fix this problem you need to run Startup Repair. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu, click the Power button, press and hold the Shift key and select Restart from the menu.
    Windows Firewall won't start
  2. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Repair.
  3. The repair process will now start.

This process can take a while, so don’t interrupt it. Once the repair process is finished, check if the problem still persists.


Solution 6 – Perform a System Restore

If you’re getting error 0x80070422 when trying to use Windows Firewall, you might be able to solve the problem by using System Restore. If you’re not familiar, System Restore is a useful feature that can easily restore your PC to an earlier state and fix various problems. To fix this problem using System Restore, do the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter system restore. Now select Create a restore point from the menu.
    Windows Firewall turns itself off
  2. System Properties window will now open. Click the System Restore button to proceed.
    Windows Firewall can't change settings
  3. When System Restore window opens, click Next.
    Windows Firewall not working
  4. If available, check Show more restore points option. Now select the desired restore point and click Next.
    Error code 0x80070422 Windows 10
  5. Follow instructions on the screen to complete the restoration process.

Once your system is restored, check if the problem still persists.


Solution 7 – Disable your proxy

Many users use proxy in order to protect their privacy online. However, proxies can sometimes interfere with your network configuration, so you might encounter error 0x80070422. To fix the problem, you need to disable your proxy by following these steps:

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing Windows Key + I.
  2. When Settings app opens, go to Network & Internet section.
    Error code 0x80070422 Windows 10
  3. Select Proxy from the menu on the left and disable all options in the right pane.
    Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings error code 0x80070424

After doing that, the problem with Windows Firewall should be completely resolved.


Solution 8 – Create a new user profile

If you’re getting error 0x80070422 while trying to run Windows Firewall, the problem might be a corrupted user profile. Your profile can become corrupted for various reasons, but you can create a new profile by doing the following:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Accounts section.
    Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings error code 0x80070424
  2. Now select Family & other people from the menu on the left. In the right pane, choose Add someone else to this PC.
    Windows Firewall won't turn on
  3. Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information.
    Windows Firewall turns itself off
  4. Choose Add a user without a Microsoft account option.
    Windows Firewall can't change settings
  5. Enter the desired user name and click Next.
    Windows Firewall not working

After creating a new user account, switch to it and check if the problem still persists. If not, you might want to move your personal files to the new account and start using it as your main one.

And you are done. If you have reached the end of this article then it means that you have successfully fixed the error 0x80070422 in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. But if the methods above did not solve your issue please write us in the comments section of the page situated a little bit below and we will help you further as soon as we can.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2015 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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