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Windows Update Error 0x80070424 – How to Resolve

Windows Update Error 0x80070424 – How to Resolve

Posted by Mayank on May 26, 2012 in Windows

You may experience the following problems on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer:

  • The Automatic Updates feature is turned off in the Security Center. Additionally, you cannot turn on the Automatic Updates feature.
  • When you try to install updates from the Microsoft Windows Update Web site, you may receive an error message that resembles the following: 0x80070424
  • The Automatic Updates service may be missing in the Services snap-in.

This 0x80070424 error arises because in the registry, one or both of the following registry subkeys are missing:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServiceswuauserv

How to Resolve – Windows Update Error 0x80070424

One of the easy resolution for error number: 0×80070424 is as follows :-

  • Click on Start -> Run
  • and paste the command below and enter


    This line use to reregistering WUAUENG.DLL in window.

  • Restart your computer and you should be able to perform Windows updats without any problems.


If the above resolution doesn’t resolve this 0x80070424 problem, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, click Run, type windows explorer, and then click OK.
  2. Locate the following folder: %windir%inf (Note It is likely to be the path: C:Windowsinf where inf folder is a hidden folder).
  3. Double-click the inf folder, right-click au, and then click Install.
  4. Click Browse. Locate and then click the %windir%ServicePackFilesi386 folder if the following conditions are true:
    • You installed Windows XP SP2 from a Windows XP SP2 CD that included SP2 as part of the base installation.
    • You downloaded and installed Windows XP SP2 from the Microsoft Web site.
    • Windows XP SP2 was included with the computer.

    Note If the ServicePackFiles folder is not present on the computer, you can copy the files from a slipstreamed Windows XP SP2 installation CD.

  5. Click OK to copy the files.
  6. Restart the computer.

Let us know whether it worked in your case or not.

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