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DISM Error 0x800f081f The source files could not be found on windows 10

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Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM) tool used to check the status of an online or offline Windows image and fix a Windows image that has become corrupt or needs any other kinds of repairs. You can perform Various DISM commands to Check, Scan or restore windows image like :

  • dism /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth     ( to scan the system image health )
  • dism /online /cleanup-image /checkhealth    ( To Check the system image health )
  • dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth  ( To fix and resotre corrupt system image )
  • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:\Sources\Install.wim:1 /LimitAccess ( offline restore corrupt system image )



The /RestoreHealth part of this command primarily instructs DISM to repair the online Windows image And also opens the gate for the user to specify additional repair source locations which DISM can search for the files required to repair the online Windows image. But sometimes, While running This Tool user report the repair fails with error code 0x800f081f The source files could not be found. ( Note : “Source” option to specify the location of the files that are required to restore the feature…)

Fix Error 0x800f081f The source files could not be found

This Error 0x800f081f The source files could not be found message basically states that DISM was unable to find the files required to fix the online Windows image in their default location. You can apply Bellow solutions to get rid of this error start with basic troubleshooting first try to Cleanup the system image components by fallowing bellow.

Clean up System Image Components

First open command prompt as administrator by search CMD on start menu search, Then right click on command prompt from search results and select Run As administrator. Now On Command prompt Type Command bellow to cleanup system image components.

Dism.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup

Clean up System Image Components

Hit Enter key to execute the command and wait untill 100% complete the scanning process. After doing it, You will get a successful message. Now, You can run your normal DISM commands like /RestoreHealth. I hope, You won’t face the source files could not be found problem again. if still getting the error fallow next solution.

Get Source from Windows Image

The “DISM /RestoreHealth” command is used to repair problems by searching in Windows Updates (or WSUS) to replace the damaged files. If, for any reason, DISM cannot the files required to repair the Windows image, This will result  Error 0x800f081f The source files could not be found.

In order to solve the “DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” error 0x800f081f, you must specify a valid Windows image file (install.wim) that contains all the files needed from the repair process.

Note : The install.wim file must be of the same Windows Version, Edition & Language as the installed Windows version.

The install.wim file is contained in any Windows installation Media under the “sources” folder (sources\install.wim).

For This you need a installed windows media. If already have the windows installation media continue to next step, If you don’t own a Windows Installation Media, then you need to download the windows ISO using media creation Tool by fallowing bellow

Download Windows Installation Media in ISO format

First From the links given below, Download and run the Media Creation Tool according to your Windows version.




Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

After download run the setup.exe on first screen Accept the License Terms. Next Choose Create installation media for a another PC and click Next. Now at “Select Language, architecture and edition” screen. Click next then Select ISO file as shown bellow image and press Next.

create ISO file using media creation tool

Choose a download location for the Windows ISO file and click Save. wait until complete the download process.

Mount ISO file

Once the Windows 10 ISO has been downloaded, you need to mount it on your computer in order to have your computer extract it and then be able to access it. To mount an ISO file in Windows,  Right click on the ISO file and select Mount.

mount-iso-win10

Now, Go to This PC and see the driver latter where the ISO file has been mounted. Suppose, The driver later is D.

So, I will use D:\sources as alternate source. Anyway, You also can run the following command to get rid of all problems.

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

Note : The ISO Mount Drive Letter may different for you.

Run The command

Now To apply this command Open the Start Menu, type cmd, right-click and Run as Administrator.

In the elevated command prompt, type the following command, one by one and hit enter key to execute the command.

  • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
  • DISM /Online  /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore

After that type bellow command to Error 0x800f081f The source files could not be found , Note:  replacing D with the directory where the Windows 10 ISO file you downloaded earlier is mounted:




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

dism source file repair command

Wait for the command to be executed, and DISM should be successful at repairing your Windows image this time. When the restoreHealth process complete, on same command prompt run the sfc utility to fix and repair corrupted system files. To Run sfc utility type command sfc /scannow and hit enter key to execute the command. After 100% complete the scanning process Restart windows.

These are some best solutions to fix Error 0x800f081f The source files could not be found on windows 10 computer. I hope, apply these things will help to fix the source files could not be found problem. Still Have any query, suggestion Feel free to comment bellow. Also read from our blog : Fix windows 10 net framework 3.5 Installation Error 0x800F081F and 0x800F0906

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