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DISM /restoreHealth failes with error: 0x800f081f

  1. #11


    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    I had done a Disk Cleanup, including Windows Update system files. I wonder if that could be causing my DISM error 0x800f081f ? Perhaps doig the disk cleanup removed the source files needed to restore the image?

    C:\>dism /online /Cleanup-image /AnalyzeComponentStore

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.3.9600.17031

    Image Version: 6.3.9600.17031

    [==========================100.0%==========================]

    Component Store (WinSxS) information:

    Windows Explorer Reported Size of Component Store : 5.80 GB

    Actual Size of Component Store : 5.48 GB

    Shared with Windows : 3.17 GB
    Backups and Disabled Features : 1.50 GB
    Cache and Temporary Data : 829.43 MB

    Date of Last Cleanup : 2014-03-11 19:55:35

    Number of Reclaimable Packages : 0
    Component Store Cleanup Recommended : No

    The operation completed successfully.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    Another thing I'd like to put out there. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm sure I read that this update would reduce the size of the Windows OS footprint so it would work on tablets with only 16GB of storage. My used disk space actually increased by about 3GB after the 8.1 update. That's why I did the disk cleanup after the update, but it only "said" it removed about 500MB. The 3GB extra used space is after the cleanup.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro x64 w/ Start8 v.1.55


    i tried booting into safe mode with networking, same thing. What's funny is a while ago there was an article on ZDNet saying the best Windows PCs were iMacs/Macbooks using BootCamp, just because the hardware is better quality. Well, i have an iMac and a Macbook, & both are running Windows 8.1.1 under VMware Fusion, & neither has this problem. So even the OS runs better on a Mac! Sheesh.
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  4. #14


    Did anyone find a solution for this thread yet? (SFC fine DISM not)
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  5. #15


    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by JohnBurns View Post
    Did anyone find a solution for this thread yet? (SFC fine DISM not)
    Try instructions in Post 10.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    You could try this.
    Restart computer while holding down Shift Key...this brings up "Option Menu".
    Click on "Troubleshoot" then "Advanced Options" then "System Image Recovery".
    This solves a multitude of problems without affecting files etc.
    Thanks, but doesn't that just restore your entire PC to the point when you created the image using Windows Backup, assuming you made one? I use a 3rd party disk imaging program and I certainly can restore my entire PC to a date before the Windows 8.1 Update 1, but I think that's a little too aggressive for a problem that only affects the DISM restore health command. My guess is that it's a problem on Microsoft's server end, where some files to repair the component store are just not available from Windows Update. I may restore an older image to a spare hard drive just to see if the DSIM problem actually happened during the update.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    OK, I just restored a complete disk image, that I had made just minutes prior to installing the Windows 8.1 Update 1, to a spare test drive. I booted up with the test drive and ran the DISM command:

    C:\>DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.3.9600.16384

    Image Version: 6.3.9600.16384

    [==========================100.0%==========================]
    The restore operation completed successfully. The component store corruption was
    repaired.
    The operation completed successfully.


    So, I did not get the DISM failed error: 0x800f081f before the update. I just wanted to confirm and make certain that the DISM restore health failure was precipitated by the 8.1 update - indeed it was!
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  8. #18


    Posts : 43
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by RonnieJP View Post
    OK, I just restored a complete disk image, that I had made just minutes prior to installing the Windows 8.1 Update 1, to a spare test drive. I booted up with the test drive and ran the DISM command:

    C:\>DISM /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth

    Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool
    Version: 6.3.9600.16384

    Image Version: 6.3.9600.16384

    [==========================100.0%==========================]
    The restore operation completed successfully. The component store corruption was
    repaired.
    The operation completed successfully.


    So, I did not get the DISM failed error: 0x800f081f before the update. I just wanted to confirm and make certain that the DISM restore health failure was precipitated by the 8.1 update - indeed it was!
    OK, so on this pre-update system disk, I ran the Windows 8.1 Update 1 again. Lo and behold, this time the DISM restore health command worked fine with no error. Now I realize that what apparently caused the problem was doing a Disk Cleanup, including system files containing Windows Update files right after the update to reclaim some disk space for my SSD. As long as I don't run Disk Cleanup after the update, all is well.
    Afterwards I found a post by another user on a Microsoft forum who did essentially the same thing that I did.

    I have exactly the same problem!

    The issue arose when I did a "Disk Cleanup" (cleanmgr.exe). I wiped more than 700 Mb worth of Windows Update Backup files.
    To check, I restore my Windows 8.1 to a previously full disk saved image.
    The DISM /ScanHealth result was : Healthy.
    Then I ran the Important Update for a second time this week (large and multiple Important Security Update about 800 Mb).
    After a successful update and restart I ran DISM /ScanHealth again and the result was still : Healthy.
    Then I did a Disk Cleanup again (cleanmgr.exe). It deleted the Windows Update Backup files again.
    The DISM /ScanHealth is now : Repairable.
    The DISM /RestoreHealth is now : restore operation failed. Repair source was not found or the comp
    onent store cannot be repaired.

    When I run SFC /Scannow, there is no corruption, but if (or rather WHEN) it will happen, DISM or Repair-WindowsImage will not be able to fix it, I'm afraid.
    Microsoft, the ball is in your camp to fix this. Good luck to us!

    So, for those of you who only have this problem of the DISM restore health command failing with error 0x800f081f, did you also happen to run disk cleanup after you did the upgrade?
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  9. #19


    Posts : 146
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by RonnieJP View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    You could try this.
    Restart computer while holding down Shift Key...this brings up "Option Menu".
    Click on "Troubleshoot" then "Advanced Options" then "System Image Recovery".
    This solves a multitude of problems without affecting files etc.
    Thanks, but doesn't that just restore your entire PC to the point when you created the image using Windows Backup, assuming you made one? I use a 3rd party disk imaging program and I certainly can restore my entire PC to a date before the Windows 8.1 Update 1, but I think that's a little too aggressive for a problem that only affects the DISM restore health command. My guess is that it's a problem on Microsoft's server end, where some files to repair the component store are just not available from Windows Update. I may restore an older image to a spare hard drive just to see if the DSIM problem actually happened during the update.
    In my particular case I purchased on line an W8 ISO from Microsoft....having already updated to W8.1... I encountered a problem that sfc /scannow could not fix....As far as I can tell this method only corrects faults in the directory, and this did not return me back to W8....Everything else remained exactly the same after apart from a successful scannow report.
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by dencal View Post
    You could try this.
    Restart computer while holding down Shift Key...this brings up "Option Menu".
    Click on "Troubleshoot" then "Advanced Options" then "System Image Recovery".
    This solves a multitude of problems without affecting files etc.
    Has anyone else tried this - and, did it work? If so, what did you use as source files, etc. Is there a tutorial how to run this without losing programs, etc.? I am a little confused and unsure.
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