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DISM - Fixing Component Store Corruption in Windows 8

  1. #130


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thanks Shawn, I have been perusing the TechNet Dism pages and will be trying some of the offline repair techniques outlined there, and I will of course report back with any findings.

    One thing I intend to do, sounds a bit crazy, but I have had some success with it before* - is to apply the install.wim from the install iso to the failed system volume directly, without reformatting or removing any files.

    * I did this once before with a time-expired Windows Embedded Standard 7 Sp1 evaluation system, using the install.wim I had created to install the system originally. It behaved perfectly after, retaining user data and installed software, but reset the expiry
    time counter.

    Wonderful things, - wims!

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  2. #131


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I applied the install.wim (from a Windows 8.1 update 1 ISO d/l from the net, burned to an USB, as per the excellent tutorial Create Bootable USB or DVD with Windows 8 ISO) to my failed windows 8.1 boot volume using Dism from a windows 8 usb stick.

    The results were interesting. On rebooting to the previously failed installation, there were come changes, such as "preparing devices" etc, but the setup process stalled with:

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    But this offers a hook in, because Shift F10 now allows a command prompt:
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    Diskpart shows the available volumes, so it is possible to navigate around the filesystems from the command prompt, knowing how the partitions have been assigned drive letters.

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    However, atttempting to run setup from the USB stalls at about 98%, so it is still not possible to run an in-place repair installation at this time.

    It was however, possible to run sfc /scannow and dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth.

    You can see from the screenshots it was possible to capture these screens, and save them in MSPAINT, Notepad is also available, as are many simple Windows Accessories. Also programs like 7-zip, which need no registry entries to run, offer file management capabilities as well as their archive functions.

    At first, the mouse pointer was not visible, although it was possible to see buttons and active regions on the screen light up when the invisible pointer passed over. Then at some point, it just appeared, I do not know why.

    In order to incestigate what is actually running, the sysinternals program Process Explorer, offers an insight into the underlying process structure:

    It is also possible to do much more - the user is NT authority\system, so the system is (dangerously) open to do almost everything, for instance to start services, to run programs including Internet Explorer, once the network is working:

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    Indeed, I am typing this from IE11 in this current system now.

    I'll report further soon.
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  3. #132


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 RT Single Language


    Hello Sir. I'm actually in the process of fixing my notebook again.. I tried the sfc/ scannow but failed with the repair corrupt stuff and I'm still scanning my notebook for any viruses incase, and reading this topic about DISM, I looked through the DISM note and I found this horrible result. I don't know why it's like this. I'll share my findings after scanning with the antivirus. I just thought I'd post this incase this is something to worry about. The Chinese characters are bothering me and if you saw the whole note it's mostly all like that.
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  4. #133


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    That's weird.

    Could you post a FULL screenshot of the dism result window ?

    Kind of like this---

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  5. #134


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 RT Single Language


    I'm sorry it took a long time with responding, my notebook was infected with Gendows and I had to do a full scan to remove it.
    And here's the DISM result.

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  6. #135


    Posts : 22,279
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello kishamei,

    Usually when you have issues running DISM like this, you may need to reinstall Windows. Especially considering you were infected to be extra safe.
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  7. #136


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 RT Single Language


    Thank you very much for your help and advice. I just upgraded my Windows 8.1 RT to Pro since RT has been lagging anyway. I just wanted to prevent formatting my laptop but I actually needed to. There was no hope for my corrupted files. Thanks again.
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  8. #137


    Posts : 22,279
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. I hope it goes smoothly for you.
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  9. #138


    Posts : 561
    W10 x64 pro and W10 x86

    Why do the errors keep occuring ?


    What bothers me with the DISM routine is that is seems to always imply that there were errors to begin with (although these have been fixed). I never encountered this with Vista and W7. Once the system was good it stayed that way. I suspect that running a full disk clean (clean system files) somehow causes this. I also suspect the error isn't really a "fatal" error as such either.

    (I attached a screen shot which shows as attached and it shows to me in preview post. Its not showing for me in the post though)

    Edit... if I go into "edit post" I see the attached image. Very odd.

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    Last edited by Brink; 12 Oct 2014 at 10:08. Reason: attached your image
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  10. #139


    Posts : 22,279
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Mooley,

    You uploaded the image, but just forgot to attach it like in step 11 of Option Two in the tutorial below.

    Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

    When you run DISM /RestoreHealth, it performs a repair of the component store whether there was an issue or not, so that's basically just a generic message used when successfully completed.
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