Error 0x800f081f (from uninstalling Edge) fix?

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  1. DaGoz

    DaGoz MDL Junior Member

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    Hey all,

    I was one of the early adopters of Edge Chromium back when it was still in Dev mode, and I thought it ran smoothly enough that there was no need to keep any other browsers on my computer. So I got rid of Chrome, and I also thought "Well, since this is meant to replace the old Edge, best bin that as well." and found a way to uninstall old Edge via Power Shell commands.

    Well, as the title says, this seems to have broken Windows update somehow, and I always get Error 0x800f081f when I try to install Cumulative Updates and/or update to 1909. Is there a fix for this? Is there a way to re-install old Edge? A lot of what I've read seems to mention something about NET 3.5, but I've fiddled with all possible configurations there and also manually updated it, but it doesn't seem to help. I've also tried downloading the ISO of 1909 and installing that way, but that method fails as well.

    Any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. zen45

    zen45 MDL Addicted

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    try to google it, I just did and it tells you how with power shell, but you have to jump thru a bunch of loops to get it done. hope that helps
     
  3. abbodi1406

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    In-place upgrade
     
  4. DaGoz

    DaGoz MDL Junior Member

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    I have tried doing an upgrade using the downloaded ISO, but it fails. I download the ISO, double click, and it starts the process, but if always closes out after about 5 minutes and says it has failed. Am I not doing it right?
     
  5. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Expert

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    If You want to use upgrade feature, You must have fully functional and without errors source, ie Your current installed version must be correct and without errors. Only some minor and not important errors are allowed.
    So, if You want to upgrade, first fix all important errors.
    If not possible, backup personal data, files etc and continue with new clean install of Windows.
    But it fails to understand why you can't reinstall an old Windows Edge, if this is the only problem. I've done it myself without any problems.
    So, I think, it's not the only problem, there should be something else also wrong.
     
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  6. DaGoz

    DaGoz MDL Junior Member

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    How would you re-install old Edge? I have tried using Powershell commands, but it never succeeds. I think if I could do this, it could fix the problem.
     
  7. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Expert

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    If want to be honest, I don't remember very precisely, it was about half a year ago. Then someone had a problem and I did a test.
    True, there was a problem at first, but I remember there was a spelling mistake in script. (It changed a little at some point and the old versions didn't work any more.) I used also Powershell, but don't remember which or how.
    But I really recommend doing a new and clean installation so you are sure there are no more any other bugs and problems.
     
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  8. DaGoz

    DaGoz MDL Junior Member

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    Yeah, I've been trying to avoid the clean install since I have 3 different computers with this same issue, but I guess I should probably just accept it at this point.
     
  9. Enthousiast

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    Normally there is a message about the error in the upgrade process. And log files in "c:\windows\panther".

    What exact build are you on and what exact ISO did you use for the in-place upgrade?
     
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  10. DaGoz

    DaGoz MDL Junior Member

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    #10 DaGoz, Jan 11, 2020
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    I am currently on 1903 (OS Build 18362.53). As for the ISO I'm using to attempt the upgrade, I got it from the "Techbench by WZT" webpage, the ISO is the 1909 one, Build 18363.418.

    I do have the c:\windows\panther folder with the log files. The setuperr.log file, however, is blank.

    I really appreciate you taking time to discuss my problem with me. I'm really, REALLY hoping to avoid having to do a clean install on all 3 of my PCs with this problem. You'd think it'd be pretty easy to solve this issue.

    EDIT TO ADD: I've just tried using the ISO again, all it says is "Windows 10 installation has failed." It doesn't give a specific error.
     
  11. Arwin_

    Arwin_ MDL Novice

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    #11 Arwin_, Jan 15, 2020
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    I have the same problem as OP. I had this issue on 1903 and after reading this I realize why it fixed itself when I upgraded to 1909.
    Now I'm on 1909, and unaware of the problems it would cause I uninstalled Edge again.
    Is there any way to bring it back? I'd like to fix Windows Update.
     
  12. kaljukass

    kaljukass MDL Expert

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    A clean install is the fastest and brings back everything that is currently missing. Takes about 25-30 minutes.
    The result is clean, fresh and fully functional Windows.
     
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  13. SAM-R

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    For Error Codes, Jason is the one to ask
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  14. Arwin_

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    #14 Arwin_, Jan 15, 2020
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    I'm aware that a clean install would fix this, but it's not an option for me.
    I'd rather wait for 20H1 than having to install everything from scratch.

    Like OP, I get error 0x800F081F when trying to install Cumulative Updates. Adobe Flash Player, .NET Framework and other updates install fine.
     
  15. MELERIX

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    error 0x800F081F generally occurs when the user or something (like malware) have disabled Windows Update service permanently.
     
  16. SAM-R

    SAM-R MDL Guru

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    Why aren't you people asking Jason about the Error Code ????? He is from Microsoft, so if anyone would know, it's Jason.
     
  17. Arwin_

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    #17 Arwin_, Jan 15, 2020
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    Sorry, but at least I'm positive that the problem was caused by uninstalling legacy Edge. It happened in 4 computers at home where I used a tool I found some time ago in Winaero.com.
    It's actually very effective removing all traces of legacy Edge, but I suppose the browser is too tightly integrated with the OS so its removal causes more problems than it solves.

    It executed the following script:
    Code:
    @echo off
    cd /d "%~dp0"
    echo Uninstalling Microsoft Edge...
    CLS
    install_wim_tweak.exe /o /l
    install_wim_tweak.exe /o /c Microsoft-Windows-Internet-Browser-Package /r
    install_wim_tweak.exe /h /o /l
    echo Microsoft Edge should be uninstalled. Please reboot Windows 10.
    pause
    At least now we I know it's not recommended to remove legacy Edge even after installing the Chromium version.
     
  18. DaGoz

    DaGoz MDL Junior Member

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    Yes, this is exactly what I did as well. I thought "Well, Edge has been replaced with the newer version, might as well get rid of the old one so there's no confusion." Little did I know it would completely break the functionality of Windows Update. I really wish there was a way to re-install it somehow, as I think that would fix the problem.