- The Windows Update service has changed a lot over the years, so it is as solid as a rock most of the time. You may rest assured that it automatically downloads the latest features and security patches.
- There is an exception to every rule. When getting the Windows 10 update error 0x80070422, you’ll want to take one of the following measures: make sure the Windows Update service is running and disable IPv6.
- We've written plenty of articles that concern Windows update errors. Just take your time and browse through them for more information.
- For a full list of articles that cover similar issues, check out this Windows 10 Errors Hub.
Although Windows 10 has been released for a few months now sometimes unplanned errors can occur and one of these errors is error 0x80070422.
Just like many Windows 10 errors, this one is relatively easy to fix, so if you’re having this error you might want to have a look at our solutions.
Error 0x80070422 usually occurs when you’re trying to update Windows 10 through Windows Update, and this error prevents you completely from downloading Windows updates.
This can be a big problem since your system might be vulnerable and you’ll miss out on the new features, but fortunately for you, there’s a way to fix this.
How can I solve Windows 10 update error 0x80070422?
1. Make sure that Windows Update service is running
- Open Control Panel and go to Administrative Tools.
- Find and run Services.
- When the Services window opens find Windows Update service and double click it to open its Properties.
- In Windows Update Properties find Startup Type and from the dropdown choose Automatic. Also, check the Service status, and if the status isn’t set to Running click the Start button in that section to start it.
- Click OK to save your settings and restart your computer.
2. Disable IPv6
Some users claim that disabling IPv6 helped them to resolve this issue, so to do that follow these instructions.
- Open Control Panel and go to Network and Sharing Center.
- Find your connection, right-click it and choose Properties.
- You should see the list of items. Find Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6) and uncheck it.
- Now click OK to save changes.
- Restart your computer and see if the issue is resolved.
You could also do this by using Registry Editor.
- Type regedit into the Search bar and choose Registry Editor from the list of results.
- Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTCPIP6Parameters
- Right-click the Parameters on the left pane and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- In the name field enter DisabledComponents.
- Right-click the new DisabledComponents value and choose Modify.
- Enter ffffffff as Value data and press OK to save changes.
- Close Registry Editor and restart your computer.
- If you want to enable IPv6, just navigate to the same key as in Step 2 and change the value of DisabledComponents to 0 or just delete the DisabledComponents key.
3. Check EnableFeaturedSoftware Data
- Go to Start > type regedit > hit Enter to launch the Registry Editor.
- Located the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion Windows UpdateAuto Update
- Check EnableFeaturedSoftware Data and make sure that its value is set to 1.
Keep in mind that depending on your Windows 10 version, the path to reach EnableFeaturedSoftware may be slightly different.
4. Restart Network List Service
Quite a few users confirmed that restarting the Network List Service fixed the problem for them.
More specifically, all you need to do is turn this service off and then turn it back on or simply restart it. Here are the steps to follow:
- Go to Start > type run > double click the first result to launch Run.
- Now type services.msc > launch Windows Services.
- Locate Network List Service > right-click on it > select Restart. You can also select Stop and then Restart.
- Try to update your computer again to see if the error persists.
5. Run Windows 10 update troubleshooter
Windows 10 comes with a built-in troubleshooter that can quickly fix general technical issues affecting various Windows components, including the Update service.
So, if error 0x80070422 still persists after trying all the solutions listed above, try running Microsoft’s Update Troubleshooter.
Go to Start > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > click on Windows Update > run the troubleshooter
As you can see error 0x80070422 can cause a lot of issues since it prevents you from performing Windows updates, but fortunately for you, this issue can be easily resolved.
We also have to say that a similar error, with the same error code, could be caused by the firewall, so if you stumble upon it, check out this article to fix the firewall settings error.
Anyway, if you’ve got additional suggestions on how to fix this error, feel free to list the steps to follow in the comments below.
FAQ: Learn more about the Windows Update service
- Why won’t my Windows 10 Update install?
If Windows 10 Update won’t install any longer, it can be hard to nail down the culprit. Running the Windows Update Troubleshooter is the best thing to do in order to get answers.
- How do I run Windows Update as an administrator?
Firstly, open Windows Update, then open up the command prompt to type in cmd and choose Run as administrator. Also, you may learn everything there is to know about the administrator account.
- What happens if you never update Windows?
Take no chances when it comes to the security of your OS. The downsides of never updating Windows include the lack of any bug fixes and severe security vulnerabilities.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.