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Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

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If you’re facing the error “The source files could not be found” after running the DISM command “DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” then you’re at the right place as today we are going to discuss how to fix the issue. The error indicates that the DISM tool cannot find the source files to repair a Windows image.

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Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

Now there are various reasons why Windows cannot find the source file such as the DISM tool is unable to find the files online in Windows update or WSUS or the most common issue is that you have specified a wrong Windows Image (install.wim) file as the repair source etc. So without wasting any time let’s see how to Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error with the helo of the below-listed troubleshooting guide.

Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

Make sure to create a restore point, just in case something goes wrong.

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Method 1: Run DISM Cleanup Command

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
sfc /scannow

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DISM StartComponentCleanup | Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

SFC scan now command prompt

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
sfc /scannow

3. Once the above commands are finished processing, type DISM command into cmd and hit Enter:

Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

DISM restore health system

4. See if you can Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error, if not then continue with the next method.

Method 2: Specify the Correct DISM Source

Most of the time the DISM command fails because the DISM tool looks online to find the required files to repair the Windows image, so instead of that, you need to specify a local source to Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error.

First, you need to download Windows 10 ISO using Media Creation tool and then extract the install.wim from install.esd file using the command prompt. To follow this method, go here, then follow all the steps to accomplish this task. After that, do the following:

1. Open Command Prompt. The user can perform this step by searching for ‘cmd’ and then press Enter.

2. Type the following command into cmd and hit Enter after each one:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /Source:WIM:C:\install.wim:1 /LimitAccess

Run DISM RestoreHealth command with the Source Windows file

Note: Replace the “C:” drive letter according to the file location.

3. Wait for the DISM tool to repair the Windows image component store.

4. Now type sfc /scannow in cmd window and hit Enter to run System File Checker to complete the process.

SFC scan now command prompt

5. Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error.

Method 3: Specify an Alternative Repair Source by using Registry

Note: If you’re using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition, follow the next method to specify an Alternative Repair Source.

1. Press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.

Run command regedit | Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

2. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies

3. Right-click on Policies then selects New > key. Name this new key as Servicing and hit Enter.

Right-click on Policies then select New and Key

4. Right-click on Servicing key and then select New > Expandable String Value.

Right click on Servicing key and then select New and Expandable String Value

5. Name this new String as LocalSourcePath, then double-click to change it’s value to “wim:C:\install.wim:1” in the Value data field and click OK.

Name this new String as LocalSourcePath then mention the install.wim path

6. Again right-click on Servicing key and then select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Right click on Servicing key and then select New and DWORD (32-bit) Value

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7. Name this new key as UseWindowsUpdate then double-click and change it’s value to 2 in the Value data field and click OK.

Name this new key as UseWindowsUpdate then double-click and change it's value to 2

8. Close Registry Editor and reboot your PC to save changes.

9. Once the system boots up again run the DISM command and see if you’re able to Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error.

DISM restore health system | Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

10. If you’re successful, then undo the changes done in the registry.

Method 4: Specify an Alternative Repair Source by using Gpedit.msc

1. Press Windows key + R then type gpedit.msc and hit Enter to open Group Policy Editor.

gpedit.msc in run

2. Navigate to the following path in gpedit:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System

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3. Make sure to select System them in the right window pane double-click on “Specify settings for optional component installation and component repair“.

Specify settings for optional component installation and component repair

4. Now select Enabled, then under “Alternate source file path” type:

wim:C:\install.wim:1

Now select Enabled then under Alternate source file path type

5. Just directly below it, checkmark “Never attempt to download payload from Windows Update“.

6. Click Apply, followed by OK.

7. Close everything and reboot your PC to save changes.

8. After the PC restarts, again run the “DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” command.

DISM restore health system | Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

Method 5: Repair Install Windows 10

This method is the last resort because if nothing works out, then, this method will surely repair all problems with your PC. Repair Install using an in-place upgrade to repair issues with the system without deleting user data present on the system. So follow this article to see How to Repair Install Windows 10 Easily.

choose what to keep windows 10

 After running the repair install of Windows 10, run the following commands in cmd:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
sfc /scannow

Note: Make sure to open Command Prompt with Admin rights.

DISM StartComponentCleanup

Method 6: Fix the underlying cause of DISM error

Note: Make sure to backup your Registry before performing any mention below steps.

1. Navigate to the following directory:

C:\Windows\Log\CBS

2. Double click on the CBS file to open it.

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Double-click on CBS.log file in Windows folder

3. From notepad, menu click on Edit > Find.

From notepad, menu click on Edit then click on Find | Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

4. Type Checking System Update Readiness under “Find what” and click Find Next.

Type Checking System Update Readiness under Find what and click Find Next

5. Under Checking System Update Readiness line, find the corrupt package because of which the DISM is unable to repair your Windows.

Example: In my case the corrupt package is "Microsoft-Windows-TestRoot-and-FlightSigning Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.15063.0"

6. Now press Windows Key + R then type regedit and hit Enter.

Run command regedit

7. Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing

8. Make sure to select Component-Based Servicing then press Ctrl + F to open find dialogue box.

Copy & paste the corrupt package name in the find field and click Find Next

9. Copy & paste the corrupt package name in the Find field and click Find Next.

10. You will find the corrupt package in a few locations but before doing anything, back these registry keys.

11. Right-click on each of these registry keys and then select Export.

Backup all the registry key you found by right-clicking on each of them and choose Export

12. Now right-click on the registry keys then select Permissions.

Now right-click on the registry keys then select Permissions

13. Select Administrators under Group or user names and then checkmark “Full Control” and click Apply followed by OK.

Select Administrators under Group or user names and then checkmark Full Control

14. Finally, delete all the registry keys you found at the various location.

Finally delete all the registry keys you found at the various location | Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error

15. Search your C: drive for the test root files and if found, move them to another location.

Search your C drive for the test root files and if found, move them to another location

16. Close everything and reboot your PC.

17. Run the “DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth” command again.

DISM restore health system

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That’s it you have successfully Fix DISM Source Files Could not be Found Error but if you still have any queries regarding this post then feel free to ask them in the comment’s section.

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    Dism error 87 windows 7

    If there are corrupted system files on your computer, you may also encounter the Dism error 87 windows 7. Thus, to fix this problem, you need to check and repair the corrupted system files firstly. Hence, the Windows built-in tool System File Checker is a good choice to repair the corrupted system files.

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