How do I fix the error code: 0x80070424?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

The 0x80070424 error code appears when Windows Firewall is unable to run. This can be caused by a number of things, including incorrect firewall settings, damaged or missing files, or a third-party firewall program that is interfering with Windows Firewall.

When this error code appears, it is usually accompanied by a message that says "Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings. Error code 0x80070424." This means that there is a problem with the way that Windows Firewall is configured and it needs to be fixed in order to work properly.

There are a few different ways to fix this error, but the most common solution is to simply reset Windows Firewall to its default settings. This can be done by going to the Control Panel, selecting "System and Security," and then clicking on "Windows Firewall." From here, click on the "Restore Defaults" button and then restart your computer.

If this doesn't work, or if you are still getting the 0x80070424 error, then you may need to uninstall and then reinstall Windows Firewall. This can be done by going to the Control Panel, selecting "Add or Remove Programs," and then finding "Windows Firewall" in the list of installed programs. Once you have found it, click on "Uninstall" and then follow the prompts to remove it from your computer.

After you have uninstalled Windows Firewall, you will then need to download and install it again. You can do this by going to the Microsoft website and searching for "Windows Firewall." Once you have found the download page, click on the "Download" button and then follow the prompts to install it on your computer.

Once you have installed Windows Firewall, you should then be able to restart your computer and the 0x80070424 error should be gone. If it is still appearing, then you may need to try a different solution.

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1. Try running the Windows Update Troubleshooter

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2. Clear the SoftwareDistribution folder

  1. Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder.
  2. Restart the computer.
  3. Reinstall the operating system.

3. Try running the System File Checker tool

  1. Open the System File Checker utility by running "sfc /scannow" from the command line.
  2. If the tool finds any corrupted or missing files, it will offer to repair them. Click on the "Repair" button to proceed.
  3. If the tool cannot find any problems, it will report that there are no issues to be fixed. Click on the "Finish" button to close the utility.

4. Try running the DISM tool

  1. In order to try running the DISM tool, open an elevated command prompt.
  2. Type "dism /online /Cleanup-Image /Checkhealth" and press Enter.
  3. If the tool completes successfully, the command prompt will close and you will be prompted to restart your computer. If the tool fails, please see the below error message for more information.
  4. If the tool fails, please see the below error message for more information. 0x80070424: The module could not be loaded. Please verify that the installed version of the Windows ADK is up to date and that the DISM tool is correctly installed. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article: article 824684.

If you didn't find success with an option above, then try:

  1. Try resetting the Windows Update Components.
  2. Try reregistering the Windows Update DLL files.
  3. Try running the Microsoft Fixit tool.