How to fix Fatal error C0000022 (Windows Startup)

Fatal error C0000022

Fatal error C0000022 is an error displayed by the Windows Operating System. The C0000022 error is caused by a failed Windows update or download or by interference from a third-party. Malware, potentially unwanted programs, and computer viruses fall into the category of third-parties that can cause the Fatal error C0000022 message to occur. A faulty update from Microsoft may also be the reason why this error is shown.

Fatal error C0000022

The Fatal error C0000022 error message is very common with the latest malware. Malware often corrodes a computer system, modifies and removes files, and causes other issues that can be harmful for Windows Operating System. We often notice this fatal error occur when analyzing machines with the latest malware threats.

The Fatal error C0000022 message is shown on the manufacture’s boot screen for the desktop/tower or laptop computer. The message is usually shown below the computer’s logo where update statuses are typically displayed.

Fatal error C0000022 applying update operation 3337 of 69398 (prnmn…)

When an Fatal error C0000022 message is displayed the computer might fall into a reboot loop and continuously restart from Windows metro/sign in screen to the computer’s boot screen. It will usually restrict or limit user access to Windows before the machine restarts.

Check your computer for malware

Malware often causes the fatal C0000022 error in Windows Operating Systems. Scanning your computer for malware and removing dangerous malware with Antivirus software or Antimalware software will often fix Fatal error C0000022. If you are able to sign into your machine this is an easy solutions; However, if the machine will not let you sign in there are other solutions for this error.


  1. Open your browser window and download Malwarebytes 3.0 Premium or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free.
  2. Open the executable file (mb3-setup.exe) to begin installing Malwarebytes.
  3. Select your language, click Next, then select “I accept the agreement,” click the Next button several times, and then click the Install button to install Malwarebytes. Click Finish once the install process is complete.
  4. Open Malwarebytes and click the Scan Now button on the Dashboard to begin scanning your computer.
  5. Click the Quarantine Selected button once the scan is finished.
  6. If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.

Check your computer for driver updates

Outdated hardware and drivers can cause this error to occur. Check your computer for driver updates and update any out-of-date drivers.

Reset/Recover or refresh your computer

A reset, recovery , refresh, or other option can be used to fix the Fatal error C0000022 code in Windows Operating Systems. A reset or recovery will reset your computer to factory settings and a refresh will remove all the programs you installed. A refresh will leave documents, pictures, videos, and other files on your hard drive and a reset or recovery will not.

If you still have issues with the Fatal error C0000022 error code on your Windows computer it is recommended to seek professional help from a local technician and avoid any information that suggest you modify your system, run commands, or delete system cache. Avoid tech support hotlines and websites that contain difficult and misleading information about this fatal error. Manually interfering with this error can cause further complications.

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

2 Responses

  1. Rhonda says:

    Trying to install a Canon printer and get the fatal error code. I’m not a computer savvy gal. HELP

  2. Alex Christian says:

    In my laptop fatal error occurred when i going to restart my system for update , that time this fatal error c0000022 occurred…and now my laptop doesn’t start right now…stuck with this error. What can i do for this type of error ?

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