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Published: January 25, 2016 | Applies to:

If you can't repair your Windows 10 system image using DISM due to error 0x800f081f - The source files could not be found, this fix may help you.

Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM) has been a very promising way to repair corrupted system image. We’ve told you all about the magical DISM commands in following article:

Repair your Windows using DISM commands

However, we’ve seen some cases where even DISM commands fails to execute and thus you can’t repair your machine. Today, in this article, we’re going to talk about one such issue that we faced recently. While we executed DISM‘s restore health command (i.e. Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth), the following message appeared which aborted the operation as well.

Error: 0x800f081f; The source files could not be found.

FIX - DISM Error 0x800f081f The Source Files Could Not Be Found In Windows 10

This message clearly indicates that DISM is missing required source file(s) that can be provided with Windows installation disc. So here are the possible solutions that you can try to resolve this problem:

FIX : DISM Error 0x800f081f, The Source Files Could Not Be Found In Windows 10

FIX 1 – Clean Up Image Components

The first way to tackle this issue is to clean up image components. This can be done by running another DISM command. Here is what you need to do:

1. Open administrative Command Prompt.

2. Type Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup and press Enter key.

FIX - DISM Error 0x800f081f The Source Files Could Not Be Found In Windows 10

Once you’re done with that, you can retry running Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth command.

FIX 2 – Using Windows ISO Disc Image

If you’ve Windows installation media such as ISO file with you, it can be used to resolve this problem very easily. You need to follow these simple steps:

1. Locate Windows OS ISO file using File Explorer and right click on it, select Mount. This will mount the disc image to your Windows with a temporary drive letter.

FIX - DISM Error 0x800f081f The Source Files Could Not Be Found In Windows 10

2. Next, type following commands one-by -one and press Enter key after each:

diskpart
list volume
exit

After executing these commands, you have to identify correct drive letter on which Windows ISO file is mounted. Then run this final command:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:\Sources\Install.wim:1 /LimitAccess

*Substitute X with correct system drive letter in your case.

FIX - DISM Error 0x800f081f The Source Files Could Not Be Found In Windows 10

You’ve now redirected DISM to mounted Windows ISO file. Hence, you can now run DISM command i.e. Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth and it should work.

Hope this helps! If the issue still persists, try reinstalling Windows 10 without affecting your machine.


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15 Comments

  • The ISO Fix is a bit of a problem for me. The Install.wim file in the Windows 10 ISO Sources folder, is labeled Install.esd. The extensions are not interchangeable as far as I can determine.
    Do you have any information as to how to use the Install.esd file in the DISM.exe command;
    Dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth /source:wim:H \install.wim:1 /limitaccess?

    Thanks

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ You can use ESD to ISO file converter (Google it) to convert the file into ISO format. The ISO file contains install.wim file and once you mounted it, browse this file on mounted drive and use the same file location in DISM command.

  • Thank you for your reply. I used Media Creation Tool to create an iso file for Windows 10. When the ISO is mounted the install file is still Install.esd.
    I will look for a converter and try that, as per your comments.
    Thanks

  • converting the Install.esd file to Install.wim as you recommended worked fine.
    All is now good on the Windows 10 computer in SFC.exe and DISM.exe.
    I used NTLITE as the converter program, which can be found at ntlight.com.
    regards,
    Bill Carn

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ That’s the perfect news this morning, Willilam! :)

  • In addition I would like to add that 0x800f081f is also thrown when the corrupt file is of a higher version than the ISO.
    For Example an Installation media of 10240 Build of windows 10 cannot repair 10586 Build

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for your inputs, Sumit :)

  • you do not need to do any conversion, just download the techbench .iso for you version of win10. it will come with the install.wim.

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Techbench website:
    microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/techbench

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Thanks for the info, cybot 😊

  • GREAT MY 20 DAY SLEEP DISTURBED DUE TO THIS…GOD BLESS YOU BROTHER..
    S N SINGH .

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Glad we could help 😊

  • microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/techbench
    Site is no longer available.

    I am currently running into this issue, but even using the install.wim file results in the same error.

    So far, my Windows 10 version is completely jacked up (limited use) and unrepairable. Reimaging is not an option. I will continue to look for an answer, but just know that my system broke (store, printing capability, all Windows 10 specific items such as Edge, Camera, Start button, Settings, Windows Update, etc.). Do NOT install the patch that takes you to version 1607 (OS Build 14393.447) – at least some portion of your system will no longer function (I have confirmed 10/10 users I deal with have some issues) – of those 10, 3 have been able to recover from fail states with local .WSU patch files from Dec. 13, but the rest are unable to even get the patch to apply.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Get the Windows 10 ISO from here: http://www.kapilarya.com/download-latest-windows-10-iso-files.

  • I have tried to get windows 10 download from microsoft site to usb drive.
    I have done what they said and get to the download window. It says downloading windows 10 but it
    never makes any progress. It just keeps going around that circle. I once got an error number 0x 80070652.
    Why can’t I get this download?

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