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How to fix error 0x80070422 when updating Windows 11

30 November 2021, Tuesday By M. Konwar
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When trying to install updates in Windows 11, some users encounter various errors. One of the most common has the code 0x80070422. Its description says that there are problems directly with Windows Update, but they can be caused by network errors or corrupted files, so it is not always possible to immediately find a suitable solution.

I will show you several options for correcting this situation. You can follow them in any order, but I recommend sticking to the queue.

Windows 11

Method 1: Using the Media Creation Tool

Media Creation Tool is a proprietary application from Microsoft designed to create bootable media with an operating system for further installation. It will show the second option to work - "Update this PC now" if it finds missing updates. This will help to avoid direct contact to the Update Center and, most likely, will solve the error when installing the latest update.

1. Open the official page and download the program by clicking the appropriate button in the "Create Windows 11 Installation Media" block.

Windows 11 Media Creation Tool Download

2. Run the downloaded executable file.

3. Accept the terms of the license agreement and follow along.

Media Creation Tool Accect The Licence Agreement

If a menu with a choice of an operating mode did not appear on the screen, where there would be an option associated with updating the PC, then the program did not find an update, and you should close it, and then go to other methods.

Method 2: Checking the Update Service

Windows Update Service is the main component responsible for starting the installation of new files. It is important that it is in automatic enable mode so that you do not have to do anything manually and there are no problems when the service simply cannot start. To check, follow these steps:

1. Open the "Start" menu and through the search find the "Services" application, then launch it.

Windows 11 Services App

2. Find "Windows Update" at the end of the list and double-click on this item.

Services Windows 11 Update

3. Make sure the startup type is set to automatic, or if it is not, set the value yourself and apply the changes.

Services Windows 11 Update Startup Type

Now you can restart your PC in order to reset temporary files, if such files were suddenly created earlier, and then wait again for the message about the found updates to appear or start their installation manually.

Method 3: Disable TCP/IPv6

By default, in Windows 11, both the TCP/IPv4 and IPv6 network protocols are activated, which is necessary for the correct functioning of the Internet. However, the second option is used only in rare cases, so it is often simply not needed. Sometimes errors associated with updating the OS lie in this very protocol, and disabling it helps to resolve the situation.

1. Open "Start" and look for "Control Panel".

Windows 11 Control Panel

2. Look for "Network and Internet" in the list.

Windows 11 Network and Internet

3. Select "Network and Sharing Center".

Windows 11 Network and Sharing Center

4. Click on the link with the type of connection that is currently active.

Windows 11 currently active connection

5. In the "Status" window, click on the "Properties" button.

Windows 11 connection properties

6. Uncheck "Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)" and click "OK".

Windows 11 Internet Protocol Version 6

Method 4: Restart the Network List Service

I have already talked about one service above, and now I will turn to another one, but this time it will need to be restarted, and not check the current state. This will help to fix network errors if the update failed due to the presence of such errors. Open "Services" in the same way as it was shown earlier, find the line "Network List Service", right click on it and select "Restart" from the context menu that appears.

Windows 11 Network List Service Restart

Method 5: Reset Windows Update Services

This is a complex method that requires extensive command line interaction. You will need to enter a series of commands to update the status of services and delete temporary files, which may cause problems installing updates. There is nothing complicated, just launch the Command Prompt as an administrator and enter and use each command below in turn.

net stop wuauserv

net stop cryptSv

net stop bits

net stop msiserver

Ren C: \Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

net start wuauserv

net start cryptSvc

net start bits

net start msiserver

Windows 11 Command Prompt

Instead of a conclusion

In most cases, at least one of the above methods is helpful and resolves the error code 0x80070422 when trying to update Windows 11. As a last resort, you can check the integrity of the system files by entering the sfc /scannow command in the console. If this process also fails, use DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth to check the operating system status in more detail.

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