FIX: System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80070422)

Many Windows users using computers running on Windows 10 reported being met with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMExceptions (0x80070422) error and a few other errors every single time they boot their computer up. Some of the many error messages that such users reported seeing along with the System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMExceptions (0x80070422) error were the following:

at System.Management.ThreadDispatch.Start()
at System.Management.ManagementScope.Initialize()
at System.Management.ManagementEventWatcher.Initialize()
at System.Management.ManagementEventWatcher.Start()
at SecureDeleteBackground.MainWindow_SourceInitialized(Objectsender, EventArgs e)

In such cases, after dismissing all of the error messages that they received, users were unable to perform operations such as connect to WiFi networks or play any audio, among many others. Any individual who has ever used a computer would certainly be able to imagine how this can prove to be a truly dire problem. This issue is most likely to be caused by missing, corrupted or damaged system files. If you are suffering from this problem, fear not as this issue is quite fixable. The following are some of the most effective solutions to this issue:

Solution 1: Run a couple of DISM commands

Right-click on the Start Menu button to open the WinX Menu.

Click on Command Prompt (Admin) in the WinX Menu.


Type in the following command and then press Enter:

dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth

Once the previous command has been executed, type in the following command and press Enter:

dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth


Solution 2: Run an SFC scan

A System File Checker (SFC) scan is a utility that scans the computer for any corrupted or damaged system files and repairs whatever damaged system files it discovers. Running an SFC scan is another effective method that you can use to try and fix this problem. To run an SFC scan on a Windows 10 computer, go here and follow the instructions provided.

Solution 3: Repair your computer using installation or recovery media

If the two solutions listed and described above don’t work for you, you should try repairing your computer using Windows 10 installation or recovery media. The Windows 10 repair functionality is designed to repair any and all system-related problems in Windows 10.

Acquire a Windows 10 installation USB or DVD or a Windows 10 recovery media. If you don’t have such a medium handy, you may have to create one (see steps here). Once you have the Windows 10 installation or recovery media, insert it into your computer.

Restart your computer.

Access your computer’s BIOS settings (check your computer’s instructions manual for directions to do so).

Configure your computer to boot from the media that you have inserted.

Go through with the Windows 10 installation process as you usually would, and then on the Install Windows page, click on Repair your computer instead of Install now. If you are using Windows 10 recovery media and not Windows 10 installation media, skip this step.

Follow the onscreen instructions to repair your computer.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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FIX: System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x80070422)

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