How to troubleshoot error 0x800F081F when installing roles and features

I’ve seen a couple of issues now where customers are having issues installing roles and features, particularly the .Net Framework 3.5, in Windows 8 and Server 2012.  The general process is that you’ll have an application that needs the older .Net Framework and run through the UI wizard in an attempt to download the files…

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Features on Demand in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

This was written by a co-worker of mine, Jim Collins. Features on Demand is a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 that will allow you to remove files associated with specific roles and features, typically referred to as payload files. The major benefit of this feature is to conserve disk space. Once…

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How to update local source media to add roles and features

I’ve talked in the past about the new Features on Demand option in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  However, let’s say you build out an image, remove some roles and features and then patch the overall install.  If you attempt to add back in roles and features previously removed, the operation will fail because…

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