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This article will help you to fix "Windows Firewall can't change some of your settings. Error code: 0x80070424" in Windows 10/8/7.

Yesterday, Microsoft has released a troubleshooting post for the users facing error code 0x80070424 in Windows 7 & 8. This hotfix is applicable for troubleshooting Windows Update, Microsoft Update & Windows Firewall. This is well known issue and its solution is asked frequently by the users on various forums across the globe. So in order to fix all the woes, the official troubleshooting steps has been rolled out, which significantly look for the issues and their causes and applies the corresponding fix to them at once.

Windows Firewall can’t change some of your settings. Error code: 0x80070424

Error code 0x80070424, is basically the issue related to Base Filtering Engine Service. So the error when prompted on your computer, most probably there is something wrong with Base Filtering Engine Service registry which is located at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\BFE.

Now since the corruption is related this registry key specifically, you can export it from another computer which isn’t having any issue and then add it to the issued computer. After that, you need to modify the permissions for this registry key and give full control to everyone. Till date, this was the common and technical approach to resolve this problem, however it was tedious to follow. But now since the hotfix has been issued by Windows team at Microsoft, you have the simplest steps to follow, which involves:

FIX : ‘Windows Firewall Can’t Change Some Of Your Settings. Error Code: 0x80070424’ In Windows 10/8/7

1. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter

2. Run the fix-it to restart necessary services and register additional DLLs

3. Restart Windows Services

4. Download and install the Windows Update Agent

5. Run the Windows Firewall fix-it

You can get the fixes from the following support article:

Get Fixes For Error Code 0x80070424 [Microsoft Support]

After following the steps mentioned in above linked support article, your issue should be fixed.

Hope this helps!


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  • Very good article. I also loved how you made such a difficult concept quite easy. Most people struggle to understand the 0x80070424 error code but your article was pretty simple and thorough. With regards to Windows Firewall and the filtering engine, these can be reinstalled if missing for whatever reason. In addition to the steps you mentioned, a similar step to fixing such an error can be highlighted in the source link included below. Fixing the problem manually is also not the only option since most people forgo this step and use a registry cleaner which gets all the job done in a quickie.

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