[Fix] DISM StartComponentCleanup Stops at 20%

When you run a component store cleanup using DISM.exe’s /startcomponentcleanup parameter, the command doesn’t finish correctly. The output shows that the process has stopped at 20%, but the message says, “The operation completed successfully.”

dism startcomponentcleanup 20%

You may wonder how to reclaim the disk space the component store uses.

See also: How to Clean Up the Component Store (WinSxS)


To fix the issue, uninstall and reinstall a feature (Feature-on-Demand). It can be any feature or capability.

Example 1: Remove and reinstall XPS Viewer

For example, try uninstalling and reinstalling the XPS Viewer. The commands are below:

dism /online /remove-capability /capabilityname:XPS.Viewer~~~~

Restart Windows.

And then, run the following commands:

dism /online /add-capability /capabilityname:XPS.Viewer~~~~

Restart Windows again if prompted.

Then, run:

dism /online /cleanup-image /startcomponentcleanup

hand point iconOr, you can do it the other way — ie., install a feature you don’t use and then uninstall it. Let’s say you never use Telnet client and it’s not installed on the computer. So, let’s install Telnet Client and then remove it.

Example 2: Install Telnet Client and Uninstall it

To install and then uninstall the Telnet Client, run these commands

Dism /online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient

Restart Windows and then run:

Dism /online /Disable-Feature /FeatureName:TelnetClient
Dism /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

The component cleanup should complete successfully (100%) now. If that doesn’t help, do an in-place upgrade (a.k.a. repair installation) by downloading the Media Creation Tool. Or you may download the Windows 10/11 ISO, mount the ISO, and run setup.exe.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded Winhelponline.com in 2005.

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