Can't do any Windows 8 update (error code 800F081F)

I just update my Windows 7 laptop to windows 8 pro and found that I couldn't install any update due to this error 800F081F. It seems that MS had a solution, "System Update Readiness Tool", for all other windows version from vista to server 2008; but anyone know any solution for windows 8?

Some attemps I did:

I've tried troubleshooting to fix Windows update automatically but it doesn't help (Funny thing is that when troubleshooting has complete it actually tells me "Potential Windows Update Database error detected 0x800f081f -- fixed");

I've tried a MS tool called "Fix it" but the problem is still there;

I even uninstalled my anti-virus software and use Windows Defender instead; I also tried to restart Windows Update services several times.


Just wanted to share with anyone else who was having this issue what it was that I did to resolve it. First off some quick background, this is a brand new HP laptop so was no update over windows 7.
I first had issue updating due to a device issue with an installed HP codec that conflicted with a Windows Codec update, I resolved that and manually updated that single update. Then Windows update failed again. I tried doing the DSIM w/ Restorehealth option as suggested previously in this post, but to no avail.

Some more research led me to the following folder "C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\" in this folder I did a quick search for some of the failing updates KB numbers.. (KB2727528 for example) and sure enough found the following... 
Package_for_KB2727528~<blahblah>~ cat and mum files
Package_1_for_KB2727528~<blahblah>~ cat and mum files
Package_for_KB2727528_RTM~<blahblah>~ cat and mum files
Using the following command (note that trying to remove the _1_ or _RTM results in a package not found!):
dism /online /NoRestart /remove-package /packagename:Package_for_KB2727528~<blahblah>~
and recieved a 100% package removed! No way! Installed just that update and booyaah success, restarting it seemed to stall at 15% but then kept going after a few mins and success.

I then wrote out a batch file to execute the above command for any found package namefor anything that had a KB code in the the Windows Update list and viola all were removed. Windows update then completed successfully! 

As my wife pointed out.. what do people who don't know computers/software as well as me do, and I told her they probably take them back for a refund, and she replied this is why people use Macs LOL! Probably true. I hope this helps someone else. 

After 20+ years you'd think MS would've finally stopped releasing broken Windows software *sigh*


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Last updated January 19, 2021 Views 56,877 Applies to: