Getting Windows Update Error 0x800f081e while upgrade to windows 10 May 2021 update version 21H1? The Error 0x800F081E is CBS_E_NOT_APPLICABLE which means that the update can’t be installed on the current system. Or update package of Windows 10 cannot be processed. This happens when a requirement is missing or the installed files have a higher file version. Also an intermittent download due to an unstable Internet connection.
Windows Update error 0x800f081e
First of all, make sure you have a Good Stable Internet connection To Download the Update files from Microsoft Server.
Completely uninstall the antivirus program or any other security program from your system. Also if possible uninstall all unnecessary third party applications, Which may be causing conflict during the windows update installation.
Open Settings -> Time & Language -> Select Region & Language from options on left. Here Verify your Country/Region is correct from the drop-down list.
Open Windows Settings ( Windows + I ) -> Go to Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Then select windows update and Run The windows update Troubleshooter, Which attempts to identify if any problems exist which prevent your computer from downloading and installing Windows Updates. After complete, the process Restart windows and again manually Check for Updates.
If running Windows update troubleshooter didn’t fix the problem, let’s reset windows update components, create a new storage folder for windows update files. To do this first open command prompt as administrator. Then perform the following commands individually:
- net stop wuauerv
- net stop bits
- net stop cryptsvc
- c: \ windows \ SoftwareDistribution c: \ windows \ SoftwareDistribution.OLD
- net start cryptsvc
- net start bits
- net start wuauserv
This method first stops the Windows Update service and its related services and then renames the SoftwareDistribution.folder and restarts the services again. The Windows Update packages will then be downloaded to a new folder and the error 0x800f081e should be fixed.
A few users had reported that Disable windows media player from windows features help them to resolved windows update error 0x800f081e. To do this open windows features by press windows + R, type optionalfeatures.exe, and press ENTER.
Here under Turn windows, features on or off section “uncheck Windows Media Player”
Click Yes when you see the following message:
Click OK to apply and close the dialog and restart windows to take effect the changes. Now Install the May 2021 Update I am sure this time you didn’t face any error. And after complete the installation, re-open the Optional Features dialog and enable Windows Media Player again. If all the above solutions fail to fix the problem simply use the official media creation tool or windows upgrade assistant to upgrade windows 10 version 21H1 without any error.