Troubleshooting error 0x800f081e

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 2 Jan. 2013 / Last Updated on 31 Oct. 2012]

How to troubleshoot error 0x800f081e when building a Windows 7 image for deployment.

Problem: You are trying to build an image for deploying Windows 7 Professional. You've built the image using the English language version of the product, sysprepped the image, and captured the image as a WIM file. You then try to inject a language pack LP.cab file using the DISM command, but you get error 0x800f081e along with the message "The specified package is not applicable to this image." What went wrong?

Resolution: The problem is likely incompatible editions. In other words, you probably tried to add an Enterprise or Ultimate language pack to a Professional image of Windows 7. You must add language packs of the same edition as the image you are building.

Mitch Tulloch is a eight-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award and widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization.  This tip was excerpted from his new book Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Training Guide published by Microsoft Press which is available from Amazon.  For more tips by Mitch you can follow him on Twitter or friend him on Facebook.

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