If you’re getting the 0x800f081e error when trying to update Windows 10, don’t worry. You can easily fix this problem by following the instructions in this blog post.

Fix: Windows 10 Update Error 0x800f081e

How to fix Windows 10 Update Error 0x800f081e

If you’re seeing the 0x800f081e error when trying to update Windows 10, it typically means that there’s a problem with the files that the update is trying to download or install.

There are a few different ways that you can try to fix this problem:

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter
This is a built-in tool that can help identify and fix problems with Windows Updates. To run it, head to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot > Windows Update.

Reset the Windows Update Components
If the Update Troubleshooter doesn’t fix the problem, you can try resetting the Windows Update components. This will essentially reset the Windows Update feature on your computer and should hopefully fix any underlying problems.

To do this, you’ll need to open an elevated Command Prompt. To do that, right-click the Start button and click Command Prompt (Admin).

Then, type the following commands, hitting Enter after each one:

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
exit

Once you’ve run all of those commands, try updating Windows again and see if the problem has been fixed.

Disable Your Antivirus Software
In some cases, your antivirus software can block or interfere with the Windows Update process, which can cause this error to occur. So, if you’re seeing the 0x800f081e error, you may want to try temporarily disabling your antivirus software and seeing if that fixes the problem.

If you’re not sure how to disable your antivirus software, you can usually find instructions by searching for your antivirus program and “disable” or “turn off.”

Perform a Clean Boot
A clean boot is when you start Windows with a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This can help narrow down the cause of the 0x800f081e error, as it’s sometimes caused by third-party applications.

To perform a clean boot in Windows 10, you’ll need to open the System Configuration tool. To do that, type msconfig into the Start menu and press Enter.

Then, go to the Services tab and check the box next to Hide all Microsoft services. After that, click the Disable all button.

Then, go to the Startup tab and click the Open Task Manager link.

In the Task Manager window, select each item in the Startup tab and click the Disable button.

Once you’ve disabled all of the startup items, close the Task Manager and click OK in the System Configuration window.

Restart your computer and see if the problem has been fixed. If it has, you can slowly enable each startup item one-by-one until you find the one that’s causing the problem.

What to do if you can’t fix Windows 10 Update Error 0x800f081e

If you’re seeing the error code 0x800f081e when you try to update Windows 10, it means that your computer can’t find the required files to complete the update. This can happen for a number of reasons, but the most common is that your computer is not connected to the internet, or the update files are corrupt.

If you’re connected to the internet, the first thing you should do is try to update Windows again. If that doesn’t work, you can try downloading the update files manually from the Microsoft website.

If the update files are corrupt, you can try using the Windows Update Troubleshooter to fix the issue. You can also try resetting the Windows Update components. To do this, open the Command Prompt as Administrator and run the following commands:

net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
net stop cryptsvc
ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start bits
net start cryptsvc

After you run these commands, try updating Windows again.

How to prevent Windows 10 Update Error 0x800f081e

If you’re encountering the 0x800f081e error when trying to install updates on Windows 10, it’s likely due to a corrupt Windows Update component. To resolve the issue, you can try resetting the Windows Update components.

1. Press the Windows key + X to open the Power User menu, and then select Command Prompt (Admin).

2. In the Command Prompt window, type the following commands, press Enter after each command:

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver

3. Now, you need to rename the SoftwareDistribution and Catroot2 folder. To do so, type the following commands and press Enter after each command:

ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old

4. Finally, restart the Windows Update services by typing the following commands in Command Prompt, and then pressing Enter after each command:

net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

After completing the steps, Windows Update should now work again without any problems, and you should be able to install updates on your computer.

Conclusion

If you receive the Windows 10 update error 0x800f081e, it is most likely due to a corruption in the Windows Update component or the Component Based Servicing (CBS) Manifest. In either case, the recommended resolution is to use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool to repair the corruption.

Fix: Windows 10 Update Error 0x800f081e