Fix: DISM Error 0x800f081f During RestoreHealth in Windows 10

When the System File Checker (Sfc.exe) says it found integrity violations but couldn’t repair some system files, next thing you should do is run the DISM tool with /RestoreHealth option to fix component corruption. However, when running the following DISM command, error 0x800f081f may appear in some systems:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
Error: 0x800f081f
The source files could not be found.Use the “Source” option to specify the location of the files that are required to restore the feature. For more information on specifying a source location, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=243077.
DISM Error 0x800f081f The source files could not be found
DISM Error: 0x800f081f — The source files could not be found

Same error when mentioning the correct source file path?

When you download the Windows 10 ISO, mount it and use the install.wim or install.esd file as the source image using one of the following commands, the same error (0x800f081f) may appear.

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:wim:E:\Sources\Install.wim:1 /limitaccess
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:esd:E:\Sources\Install.esd:1 /limitaccess

In the 1st case (with no source location mentioned), the error occurs if the component store is corrupted or several files are missing in the store. In the 2nd case (with either a install.esd or install.wim source image referenced), error 0x800f081f may still appear if you’re using an ISO which is older that the build your system is running.

For instance, you can’t repair a Windows 10 build 16299.98 using the Windows 10 Build 16299.15 ISO. However, Microsoft makes available only the base version ISO on their site, and via the Media Creation Tool. So, what’s the solution? How do run DISM against the latest install.wim or install.esd?

Fix: DISM Error 0x800f081f When Running RestoreHealth Operation

The solution is to create a slipstreamed Windows 10 installation disk. Slipstreaming is a process of integrating updates (and drivers, optionally) and making an updated Windows 10 Setup disk or ISO.

extract iso contents to a folder

Follow the steps in article Slipstream Windows 10 to create a slipstreamed Windows 10 setup disk, and then run the DISM command-line pointing to the updated WIM file. This fixes DISM error 0x800f081f, and you should now see the message “The restore operation completed successfully.”

dism restorehealth completed successfully

Once DISM command completes successfully, follow up with the sfc /scannow command (from elevated Command Prompt) if necessary. For more information, check out article Repair Windows 10 Using DISM and SFC.

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