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 the
/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
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.
This post tells you how to fix the DISM error
0x800f081f when running it with
Fix: DISM 0x800f081f When Running RestoreHealth Operation
What causes DISM Error 0x800f081f and how to fix it?
0x800f081f error occurs if the component store is corrupted or several files are missing in the store. The solution would be to create a slipstreamed Windows 10 installation disk, and mention it as the repair source when running the DISM command. Slipstreaming is a process of integrating updates (and drivers, optionally) and making an updated Windows 10 Setup disk or ISO.
- Follow the steps in article Slipstream Windows 10 to create a slipstreamed Windows 10 setup disk
- Then, open an elevated or admin Command Prompt.
- Run one of the following commands, depending upon whether you have
install.wimin the Sources folder in the Windows 10 setup disk.
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
Note that if you don’t use a slipstreamed Windows 10 disk with latest updates, error
0x800f081fmay still appear. In short the ISO/repair source must be of the same build that your system is running. For instance, you can’t repair a Windows 10 build
16299.98using the Windows 10 Build
16299.15ISO. However, Microsoft makes available only the base version ISO (without subsequent Cumulative Updates) on their site and via the Media Creation Tool.
This fixes DISM error
0x800f081f, and you should now see the message “The restore operation 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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