There’s nothing worse than receiving an error message on your computer. You’re sitting there working away and a pop up later your system begins to malfunction. The trickiest part of receiving an error in Windows 10 is knowing how to fix it. Well, never fear because we are here to help you out. In this article, we will look at one specific error, discuss what causes it, and provide you with solutions for how to fix it. In today’s guide, we will look at the 0x800f0922 update error.
What does the 0x800f0922 error message mean?
The 0x800f0922 update error occurs when Windows 10 fails to connect to the update servers when it is attempting to perform an update.
Why do you encounter this error?
There are many reasons for a PC to develop the 0x800f0922 error message. The most common causes include the computer being unable to connect to the appropriate update server (for whatever reason) or when there isn’t enough memory in the system’s reserved partition (the part of your hard drive that contains Windows boot-up information).
Other reasons for the 0x800f0922 error message to occur include:
- A poor or unstable internet connection
- Issues with the Microsoft .NET framework including missing, corrupt, or out of date versions
7 methods to fix the 0x800f0922 Windows update error
Your exact course of action when trying to fix the 0x800f0922 error depends on the root cause of the problem. Here are a few things you can try to alleviate the problem.
Reconnect to the internet
One of the main causes of the 0x800f0922 error message is a dropped or unstable internet connection. If you think this might be a problem, the first thing you need to do is check that your internet connection is up and running. To do this follow the following steps:
- Look for the network connection icon in your taskbar. Note that the image below is for a wireless connection. If you have an Ethernet connection, then it will look different.
- Hover over the icon and check that it says that you have an internet connection. If it doesn’t, move to the next method. If it says you are connected, left-click on the icon and disconnect from the network by clicking ‘Disconnect’.
- Wait a few seconds and click Connect again. Check to see if this fixes the problem. Sometimes a reconnect will resolve any connection issues you have. If this doesn’t work, move to the next method.
Run the Windows Network Troubleshooter
Windows includes a handy tool for fixing your Internet connection.
- Hover over the network connection icon in the taskbar and right-click. You should see the option to ‘Troubleshoot problems’. Click it.
- You will be presented with a screen asking which type of network you wish to troubleshoot. Select ‘All Networks’ and click Next.
- Windows will then perform a variety of steps to try to fix connection issues.
- Once completed, try to run the Windows update.
If the first two methods have not worked so far, try rebooting your computer and your broadband router. A simple reset can solve the 0x800f0922 error sometimes. Wait for the router to show that it has a connection, and try the Windows Update again.
Run the Windows 10 Update Troubleshooter
As well as being able to troubleshoot network issues, Windows has a variety of other tools to fix common issues that users may come across, including issues with Windows Update that can lead to the 0x800f0922 error.
To use the Windows Update Troubleshooter, you need to follow the following steps:
- Type ‘Control Panel‘ into the search section on the taskbar at the bottom of the Windows UI, then hit Enter.
- Once in the Control Panel, type ‘troubleshooting’ in the search area at the top.
- Choose “Troubleshooting” from the options that appear. This will present you with the following screen:
- Under Systems and Security, you will see an option labelled “Fix problems with Windows Update”. Clicking this option will present you with the following screen:
- Click Next and Windows will look for errors in Windows Update and try to fix them automatically.
- Once finished, try running Windows Update again.
Make sure that the .NET Framework is enabled
The .NET framework should be pre-installed on your PC and is generally updated whenever a new version becomes available (or when you install a new program that needs a different version). But just because it’s installed doesn’t mean it’s enabled and running.
To enable the .NET framework in Windows 10 you need to perform the following steps:
- Start with opening the Control Panel like in the previous method.
- Type “Windows Features” in the search area at the top. Choose “Turn Windows features on or off” from the options that appear. This will present you with the following screen:
- In the list that appears look for the option labelled .NET framework and make sure there is a mark in the checkbox next to it. If there isn’t, click the box.
Be aware that there may be more than one option for .NET framework due to the different versions installed on your PC. You need to make sure that all of them are checked.
Try running Windows Update again.
Disconnect from your VPN
VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) can cause all sorts of problems when trying to connect to the Windows Update servers. But with many of us working from home these days, they are becoming an increasingly popular tool. If you do get the 0x800F0922 error and you are connected to a VPN, you might want to try disconnecting from it. To do so you need to follow the steps below:
- Click the network connection icon in the taskbar
- Click the Disconnect option from the VPN network you are currently connected to. Note: Disconnecting you from the VPN will not disconnect you from your network or Internet connection.
- Now try running Windows Update again.
Disable or turn off windows firewall
Windows Firewall can, under certain circumstances, block your PC from contacting the Windows Update servers. This can lead to a 0x800F0922 error. If this is the case, you might need to turn off or disable the Windows Firewall feature temporarily while you perform the update process.
You can do this by following these steps:
- Open the Control Panel
- Type “Windows Defender Firewall” in the search area at the top. Select the “Windows Defender Firewall” option. This will present you with the following screen:
- Select the “Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off” link on the left-hand side of the panel. You will be given options for both public and private network settings.
- Select the “Turn off Windows Defender Firewall” radio options in both options (both Public and Private networks) so your screen looks like the image below:
- Click the Ok button. This will turn the Windows Firewall off for all types of network.
- Attempt to perform the Windows Update again.
Repair the Windows Installation
Sometimes it may be your Windows installation that’s causing the 0x800F0922 error. It could be that specific files in the Windows directory have become corrupted. If this is the case, you can attempt a Windows Installation repair using the Command Prompt by following these steps:
- Open up the Command Prompt by typing “Command Prompt” into the search section on the taskbar at the bottom of the Windows UI but don’t select the icon just yet. The search should look like this:
- Right-click on the “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator“. This will present you with the Command Prompt Window as seen in the image below:
- Type the following command into the Command Prompt area and press Enter:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- Windows will then scan the Windows Installation looking for issues. If it finds any it will attempt to fix them automatically.
- Run the Windows Update again
Getting a 0x800F0922 error message when using your PC is seldom a nice surprise. But by following the methods set out above, you should have your computer back up and running in no time at all.