Error code 0x80070422: Windows Firewall can't change some settings - How To Fix

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Problems with the Windows Firewall happen infrequently - after all, few people use it correctly or use it for its intended purpose - but errors in the operation of the firewall are still possible.

One of these problems is an error with the notification “Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings. Error code 0x80070422”, which occurs when starting an application.

And in this article we will tell you what to do when this system malfunction occurs, and how to avoid it in the future.

How to Fix Error 0x80070422 on Windows 10

The reason for the error with the code "0x80070422" is quite commonplace and lies in the fact that the service is disabled: "Windows Firewall".

IMPORTANT! Do not confuse disabling the Windows Firewall through the control panel (or tray) and disabling the service itself: Windows Firewall.

Thus, to eliminate the error in question, you only need to start this service. You can do this as follows:

Windows 7

  • Right-click on the “My Computer” icon (This PC) and select “Management”.
  • In the "Computer Management" window that opens, go to the "Services and Applications" - "Services" section.

Computer Management window and then click on Service and Applications

  • A list with all active and inactive services appears in the right part of the window, in which you need to find the line “Windows Defender Firewall”.
  • Right-click on it and select "Properties".

Open Properties service: Windows Defender Firewall

  • In the "Startup Type" section, select "Automatic", and in the "Status" section, click on the "Start" button.

In startup type select: automatic typeWindows 10:

  • Press "WIN+S" and type " Command prompt";

Run as Administator - Command Prompt

  • In the command prompt console that opens the command - netsh advfirewall set allprofiles state on;

Error code 0x80070422: Windows Firewall cant change some settings

Finally, restart the computer and check the operation of the problematic application.

Causes of System Failure

If everything is clear and simple with the launch of the Windows Firewall service, then there can be many reasons for its unauthorized shutdown.

So, Microsoft developers argue that the most likely cause of the problem is viral activity that thrives on the user"s computer and blocks the operation of important system processes (including the Firewall).

Thus, if the solution proposed in this article could not eliminate the spontaneous shutdown of the service, then it is necessary to conduct a comprehensive anti-virus scan of the Windows operating system.

Virus Treatment to Troubleshoot Problems Starting Firewall Service

By its recommendations, Microsoft is promoting its own tool for the search and removal of malicious software “Microsoft Safety Scanner”, which can be downloaded on the official website: https://www.microsoft.com/ru-ru/wdsi/products/scanner.

For an improved virus scan result using the Safety Scanner is advisable only together with other anti-virus software (for example, Doctor Web Cureit, AntiMalware Bytes or scanners from Kaspersky Lab).

After a full scan of the system for viruses, you should again check the operation of the Windows Firewall service.

How to Enable Windows Firewall if an Error Occurs on Startup

Another reason for an unscheduled shutdown of the Windows Firewall service may be damage to system files, which leads to unstable operation of components of the operating system.

To check the integrity of the system, use the standard set of utilities / commands:

1. The commands "sfc/scannow" and "CHKDSK":

  • Open the search bar and enter “cmd.exe”.
  • Right-click on the search results and select "Run as administrator".
  • In the console that opens, run the sfc / scannow command and wait for the scan process to complete.

Check System Files with scf scannow command

Upon completion, run the second command “CHKDSK / f / r”, where “/ f” is the check and automatic correction of existing errors, “/ r” is the search and repair of bad sectors.

It should be noted that the process of checking and correcting system errors can be lengthy, so you should be patient and provide uninterrupted power to the computer.

2. Using the utility to automatically check and fix problems in the operation of components of the Microsoft Fix operating system.

Follow the link https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2970908/how-to-use-microsoft-easy-fix-solutions to the official Microsoft website, where you can download all the necessary packages.

Pay particular attention to:

  • "Troubleshooting equipment and devices."
  • “Finding and cleaning unused files and shortcuts, and performing maintenance tasks.”
  • "Troubleshooting inbound computer connections and the Windows Firewall."
  • "Troubleshoot problems running old programs on this version of Windows."

To use them, you only need to download the selected package (“.msi” or “.diagcab”), run the downloaded file and wait for the scan to complete (no installation of the program is required).


In conclusion, it is worth noting that sometimes none of the above methods helps in solving the problem under consideration.

In this case, pay attention to external connected devices: for example, drives / flash drives / disks / input / output devices, etc.

Storage media should be checked for viruses and existing errors (the “CHKDSK” command), and for connected peripherals, check for the latest software drivers, as well as compatibility with the operating system and other computer components.

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