How to fix error 0x800f0831 in Windows
The error code 0x800f0831 can usually be traced back to a faulty connection to Windows update servers. Since it’s hard to determine specific causes for the error right away, it helps to have various solutions and see which one works. We explain how error 0x800f0831 can be fixed in Windows 10 and 11 with Windows repair tools, the update troubleshooter and the DISM and SFC tools.
When does the error code 0x800f0831 appear?¶
Although updates for Windows are usually automatic, you may still sometimes encounter error codes such as 0x80072f8f, 0x800705b4, or 0xc0000005. An error code that you will also encounter frequently during updates is 0x800f0831. The code indicates a problem with the connection to Windows servers, resulting in blocked updates. Since updates are important to keep your Windows system secure, you should address the problem as soon as possible.
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Solutions for error 0x800f0831¶
The following solutions are possible when error 0x800f0831 occurs:
Troubleshoot 0x800f0831 using the Windows update troubleshooter¶
An obvious and often successful solution is the Windows Troubleshooter tool.
- Access the troubleshooter from the Windows task bar.
- Go to Additional troubleshooters (Windows 10) or to Other troubleshooters (Windows 11).
- Click on Windows Update and on Run to perform troubleshooting for the selected update component.
- Now follow the Windows correction suggestions and restart your PC.
Reset update components¶
If the troubleshooter does not work, it may help to manually reset the operating system’s update components:
- Open the command prompt with administrator rights by pressing [Ctrl] + [R], typing
cmdand confirming with [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Enter].
- Disable the Windows Update components one after the other with the following CMD commands. Confirm each command with [Enter]:
net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
ren C:\\Windows\\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
ren C:\\Windows\\System32\\catroot2 Catroot2.old
- Afterwards, activate each component manually with the following commands:
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver
- Restart your computer.
Use Windows tools SFC and DISM¶
Another reason for the 0x800f0831 Windows update error can be damaged Windows system files. Windows provides the SFC (System File Checker) and DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) tools to repair or reset the files.
- Open the command prompt again with [Ctrl] + [R], enter the command
cmdand confirm with [Ctrl] + [Shift] + [Enter].
- Now enter the command
sfc /scannowand press [Enter].
- After the scan is complete, restart your computer.
- If Windows does not find any corrupted system files, start the command prompt again, enter the following commands one after the other and confirm each of them by clicking on [Enter]:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Checkhealth
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth
- Restart the computer and check if the error is still there.
Install the update manually¶
If the installation of the update in question still fails, you can download it directly from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
- Visit the Microsoft Update Catalog.
- Search for the KB number to find the correct update. You can determine this by going to Update & Security (Windows 10) or Windows Update (Windows 11) and then Update history. There you will find all successful or failed updates with the corresponding KB number.
- Enter the KB number in the Microsoft Update Catalog in the search field and click Search.
- Click on Download next to the correct update, extract the downloaded file with a double click and select where you want to save it.
- Once the file is unzipped, double-click to install it.
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