Error Code 0x800f081f: What It Is and How to Fix It

Having trouble installing legacy software? Here's how to fix it

Sometimes when you try to install software on Windows, you may run into error code 0x800f081f. Error 0x800f081f indicates an issue with Microsoft's .NET Framework, which is a sort of interpreter that allows programs written in a variety of languages to interact with Windows.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 8.

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What Causes Error Code 0x800f081f?

When you see error code 0x800f081f, it means .NET couldn't find the necessary binary files to translate and run a program. It can also be due to the fact that your current account doesn't have permission to read these binaries, or the files you're trying to install are somehow corrupt, incompatible, or invalid.

There's a particular issue with error code 0x800f081f when it comes to refurbished devices. If your device was previously managed by a group policy, then it might still have restrictions that prevent you from running certain software.

The following solutions can also resolve error codes 0x800F0906 and 0x800F0907. If you get errors 0x800f081f and 0x800f0922 in succession, you may need to expand your hard drive partition.

How to Fix Error Code 0x800f081f in Windows

Follow these steps in order until your software loads successfully:

  1. Download and install the Microsoft .NET framework. Make sure you have the latest version installed.

  2. Make sure the .NET Framework is enabled. From the Windows 10 Start menu, go to Settings > Apps > Programs and Features (on the Apps and Features tab) > Turn Windows features on or off, and then check the boxes next to .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) and .NET Framework 4.8 Advanced Series.

  3. Run the software as an administrator. If it still doesn't work, you may see a more detailed error message with specific troubleshooting suggestions.

  4. Check for Windows updates. Run Windows Update to make sure you're running the latest version of your operating system.

  5. Find a more recent version of the software. Use a free software updater to see if there's a more current version of the software you're trying to run that is compatible with your version of Windows.

    Also, consider looking for similar software that works with your system.

  6. Reinstall Windows. If your computer was managed by a group policy, a clean install of Windows should restore the PC to its default settings. Download the Windows 10 ISO file from Microsoft to create the Windows 10 installation media to do a fresh install.

In some cases, if the group policy is particularly strict, you may need to wipe the hard drive or replace it altogether.