How do I fix error 0x800f081f?

Alton Alexander
By Alton AlexanderUpdated on June 4th, 2022

Error code 0x800f081f indicates that a required component of the operating system is not installed on the computer. This component is typically the .NET Framework, which is required for many applications to run. The error may also be caused by a corrupt or missing system file, or by a corrupt registry.

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1. Download and install the most recent cumulative update for Windows 10

  1. Open the Windows 10 Update and Security Overview in the Settings app.
  2. Click on the Update & Security button and then on the Download and Update buttons.
  3. Click on the Select Updates button.
  4. In the Select Updates pane, select the Cumulative Update for Windows 10.
  5. Click on the Download button.
  6. If prompted, sign in to your Microsoft account.
  7. Click on the Open button.
  8. Click on the Next button.
  9. Click on the Finish button.
  10. Click on the Close button.
  11. Double-click on the Windows 10 cumulative update.
  12. Click on the Install button.
  13. Click on the Next button.
  14. Click on the Finish button.
  15. Restart your computer.

2. Restart your computer and check for updates again

  1. Open the Start menu and click on the “Shutdown” button.
  2. Click on the “Restart” button.
  3. Click on the “Check for updates” button.
  4. If there are any updates available, they will be downloaded and installed.
  5. After the updates have been installed, restart your computer.
  6. If the error 0x800f081f still occurs, please contact Microsoft Support.

3. Try the Windows Update Troubleshooter

  1. Open the Windows Update Troubleshooter by clicking the Start button, typing "msconfig" in the search box, and pressing Enter.
  2. In the Windows Update Troubleshooter, click on the "General" tab.
  3. Under "Problem Reports and Solutions" click on "Troubleshoot problems with Windows Update."
  4. Click on "Advanced search" and type in "error 0x800f081f" in the "Search for" box.
  5. Click on "Next" and follow the onscreen instructions to fix the error.

4. Reset the Windows Update Components

  1. Open the Control Panel.
  2. Under System and Security, click on Windows Update.
  3. On the left side, under Action, click on Restart.
  4. In the dialog box that appears, click on Yes.
  5. After the computer restarts, Windows Update should start working again. If it doesn't, try the following steps: a. Click on the Start button. b. Type "cmd" into the Start search box. c. Right-click on the cmd.exe program that appears and choose Run as administrator. d. In the command prompt that appears, type the following command and press Enter: net stop wuauserv e. Type the following command and press Enter: net start wuauserv

5. Delete the SoftwareDistribution folder

  1. Launch the Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. Type the following command to delete the SoftwareDistribution folder: cd C:\Windows\System32
  3. Type the following command to delete the SoftwareDistribution folder and all its contents: del SoftwareDistribution

If the answers above didn't work then you should also try:

  1. Stop the BITS, Cryptographic, MSI Installer, and the Windows Update Services.
  2. Rename the Catroot2 folder.
  3. Run the DISM tool.
  4. Perform a clean boot of your computer.
  5. Try installing the updates again.