Full Fix: Update error 0X800f081f on Windows 10, 8.1, 7

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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Windows 10 updates are mandatory, you already know that. At least that’s what Microsoft wants you to believe in. But besides regular system stability updates, Windows Update usually brings regular updates for other Windows features.

One of the features that receives updates on a relatively regular basis is dotNet Framework. However, not everything goes so smooth for some users when installing dotNet Framework updates. Namely, an issue that bears the code 0X800f081f may occur when you’re trying to update this feature. So, if this bothers you as well, we’ve prepared a few solutions that, hopefully, will resolve the problem.

How to resolve update error 0X800f081f on Windows 10

Update error 0X800f081f can be problematic since you won’t be able to download Windows updates. Speaking of this error, here are some similar issues that users reported:

  • Windows Update error 0x800f081f Windows 7, 8.1 – This error can appear on older versions of Windows, and even if you don’t use Windows 10, you should be able to apply most of our solutions to the older versions of Windows.
  • 0x800f081f .NET 3.5 Windows 10 – If you can’t install updates due to this error, the problem might be .NET Framework. To fix the problem, simply enable .NET Framework or use an offline .NET installer.
  • 0x800f081f Windows Update core, agent – This error can affect other Windows Update components, and in order to fix the problem, it’s advised to reset all Windows Update components using the Command Prompt.
  • 0x800f081f Surface Pro 3 – This issue can affect Surface Pro and other laptop devices. If this happens, you should know that all of our solutions can be applied to laptops, so don’t hesitate to try them out.

Solution 1 – Use offline dotNET Framework installer

If you’re unable to download dotNet Framework with a standard update feature, you can try the offline installer. It seems that some of the update installation files are corrupted or incomplete. Additionally, that seems to prevent multiple Windows features like Edge browser or Windows Store from working normally. For that reason, follow these instructions to get the offline installer:

  1. Search for the latest offline dotNET Framework installer on the web.
  2. Download the installer and start the process.
  3. The installation can take some time before the files are ready to install.
  4. Follow the instruction and, after the procedure is finished, restart PC.

Make sure that you are using an official Microsoft version from the verified site.


Solution 2 – Use SFC and DISM scans

According to users, file corruption can lead to update error 0X800f081f on your PC. To fix the problem, it’s recommended to run an SFC scan. This is fairly simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + X to open Win + X menu. Now choose Command Prompt (Admin) or Powepowrshell (Admin).
    0x800f081f Windows Update agent
  2. Now enter sfc /scannow.
    Windows Update error 0x800f081f Windows 8.1
  3. SFC scan will now start. Keep in mind that this can can take up to 15 minutes, so don’t interrupt it. Once the scan is finished, check if the problem is resolved.

If SFC scan didn’t fix the problem, or if you weren’t able to run SFC scan at all, you might want to try using DISM scan instead. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Right-click Start and run Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. In the command line type following command:
    • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
      0x800f081f .NET 3.5 Windows 10

If the update service is not available, you can use the second way. Insert USB/DVD media with system installation files and type (copy-paste) following command:

  • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:C:RepairSourceWindows /LimitAccess

Don’t forget to change C:RepairSource with the location of your repair source. Once the process is finished, restart your PC and try updating again.

Once the DISM scan is finished, check if the problem is still there. If the issue is still present, or if you weren’t able to complete the SFC scan, be sure to repeat it now and check if that solves the problem.


Solution 3 – Install the update manually

If you keep getting update error 0X800f081f on your PC, you might be able to fix the problem simply by manually downloading the necessary updates. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. First, you need to visit Microsoft’s Update History website in order to find out the update number. You can easily compare your update history and the information on the website in order to find the missing updates.
  2. Once you find the update code, it should start with KB and be followed by an array of numbers, you need to visit Microsoft Update Catalog page.
  3. Enter the update code in the search field and the list of results should appear. Keep in mind that the list will show you updates for different architectures, so be sure to select one that matches your system architecture.
  4. Once you download the update, simply run the setup file to install it and that’s it.

As you can see, downloading and installing updates by hand can be a bit complicated, but you should be able to do it by following these steps. Keep in mind that this process won’t fix the error, and instead it will allow you to circumvent it and download the update.


Solution 4 – Restart Windows Update components

As you might know, Windows Update relies on certain services in order to work properly, and if there’s an issue with one of the services, you might experience error 0X800f081f. However, you might be able to fix the problem simply by restarting Windows Update components. To do this, you just need to follow these steps:

  1. Start Command Prompt as administrator.
  2. When Command Prompt starts, enter the following commands:
  • Net Stop bits
  • Net Stop wuauserv
  • Net Stop appidsvc
  • Net Stop cryptsvc
  • Ren %systemroot%SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.bak
  • Ren %systemroot%system32catroot2 catroot2.bak
  • Net Start bits
  • Net Start wuauserv
  • Net Start appidsvc
  • Net Start cryptsvc

After running the commands, check if the problem is resolved. If you don’t want to manually run these commands, we wrote a short guide on how to create Windows Update reset script, so be sure to check it out and find out how to automate this process.


Solution 5 – Make sure that .NET Framework is enabled

In order to download and install updates, it’s important that you have all the necessary components enabled. One of these components is .NET Framework, and if this component isn’t enabled, you’ll encounter update error 0X800f081f. However, you can always enable this component manually by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter windows features. Select Turn Windows features on or off.
    0x800f081f Windows Update core
  2. Windows Features window will now appear. Make sure that .NET Framework 3.5 is enabled. After enabling it, click OK.
    0x800f081f Surface Pro 3

After enabling .NET Framework, try to perform the update again and check if it works.


Solution 6 – Use Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows comes with many built-in troubleshooters that allow you to automatically fix common problems. If you have issues with update error 0X800f081f, you might be able to fix the problem simply by running Windows Update troubleshooter. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + I to open the Settings app.
  2. Once the Settings app opens, go to Update & Security section.
    Windows Update error 0x800f081f Windows 7
  3. Now select Troubleshoot from the left pane. In the right pane, select Windows Update and click Run the troubleshooter.
    0x800f081f .NET 3.5 Windows 10
  4. Troubleshooter will now start. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete it.

Once the troubleshooter is finished, check if the problem with Windows Update is resolved.


Solution 7 – Perform Windows 10 reset

If you’ve tried previous solutions and haven’t succeeded, we advise you to perform the clean reinstall. That way you’ll surely fix any given issue. Namely, the upgraded system is much more sustainable to errors than the one installed on the formatted hard drive.

So, backup your files and license key, download the Media Creation Tool, and use USB or DVD to install the system. To do that, just follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu, click the Power button, press and hold the Shift key and choose Restart from the menu.
  2. List of options will appear. Select Troubleshoot > Reset this PC > Remove everything.
  3. If you’re asked to insert installation media, be sure to do so.
  4. Select Only the drive where Windows is installed > Just remove my files.
  5. Click the Reset button and follow instructions on the screen.

Once the process is done, you’ll have a fresh installation of Windows 10.

That should wrap it up. In case you have any suggestions or remarks, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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