5 Ways to Fix “Download Error – 0x800f0806” on Windows 11

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Windows update errors are really annoying and the new Download Error – 0x800f0806 is now haunting Windows 11 users. The error occurs while downloading the latest available 22H2 update on the Windows 11 PC, leading to complete failure right in the downloading process.

If you are also facing the same issue on your Windows PC, then go through this fixing guide and I’ll share some fixes, tips, and workarounds to get rid of this issue.

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How to fix the Download Error 0x800f0806 on Windows 11

There are a number of users who have been facing this Windows 11 update error as many of them have reported on different forums and community sites. Along with the issue reporting, a couple of users have managed to solve it somehow and have shared the workaround that has worked for them.

With that said, let’s now have a look at the possible fixes and troubleshooting for the issue.

Fix 1: Restart your PC

A very common and pretty simple way to get the issue resolved is to just perform a simple restart. If your PC’s background processes are hindering the downloading of the update, it should solve the problem.

Step 1: To restart your PC, click on the Start menu or press the Windows key on your keyboard.

Step 2: Now, click on the Switch off button.

Step 3: Select Restart from the list of options that appears.

restart windows 11

Now, wait for the PC to get restarted and try reinstalling the update.

Fix 2: Try the Windows Update Troubleshooter

Windows built-in troubleshooter is also a good way to tackle the common issues related to the Windows update.

Step 1: Open Settings by pressing Win+I on the keyboard.

Step 2: Go to System > Troubleshoot > Other troubleshoots.

Step 3: Scroll down and under the Most frequent section, click on the Run button of the Windows Update.

Step 4: This will bring up the Troubleshooting window. Follow the on-screen instruction and proceed with the troubleshooting process.

Step 5: If the troubleshooter finds some issue and suggests some resolution to it, click on the Apply this fix option accordingly.

Once done, restart your PC and check if you’re now able to update Windows.

Fix 3: Clear the SoftwareDistribution folder and restart Update services

Windows uses the SoftwareDistribution folder to store all the update-related files and data. Windows automatically clears this folder after the update gets completed. But since the update was hindered in the middle, there will be partially downloaded update files on that folder that can cause issues with the redownloading of the same update.

Hence it is a good idea to clear the SoftwareDistribution folder and also restart the Windows Update-related services. Follow the below steps to do so:

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as administrator.

Step 2: Execute the following commands to stop and start the Windows Update services:

  • net stop wuauser
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver

Step 3: Now, navigate to C:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution folder and manually delete all the files from, the folder.

Step 4: Again head over to Command Prompt and execute the following commands:

  • net stop wuauser
  • net stop cryptSvc
  • net stop bits
  • net stop msiserver

Once done, exit from the Command Prompt and restart the PC and try updating the PC again.

Fix 4: Run a System File Checker Scan

You can also try running a System File Checker scan can work in fixing the issue. It is a built-in command-line utility that is capable of finding and replacing bad and corrupted system files with fresh ones. Here’s how to run the SFC command.

Step 1: Open the Command Prompt as administrator on the PC.

Step 2: Once you are on the Command Prompt window, execute the sfc /scannow command.

Step 2: Now, restart the PC to begin the scanning process.

Step 4: This will start the scanning of the system for bad or corrupted files and will accordingly display any of the following results:

  • Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations.
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and successfully repaired them.
  • Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them.

Fix 5: Download and install the update manually

If none of the above methods work, then you can lastly, try using the manual method of downloading and installing the concerned Windows update. The same methods have also been mentioned by many Windows 11 users who were suffering from the Download Error 0x800f0806 issue on their PCs.

The issue is persisting currently occurring with the KB5017321 Windows 11 22H2 update. Hence you can try manually downloading and installing this update. Here’s how you can do this.

Step 1: Press Win+I on the Keyboard to open Settings and go to System and then About.

Step 2: Scroll down and note down the System type that is mentioned there for your PC i.e. is it 64-bit or 32-bit?

Step 3: Now, go to the official Microsoft Update Catalog page and search for the KB5017321 update that was causing the error.

If it is some other update in your case, search for the KB number of that update.

Step 6: Now, from the search results, select the appropriate update as per your system type and click on the Download button.

Step 7: Once downloaded, install the update by following the on-screen instructions and restart the PC.

Once the installation is done, you should have the updated Windows 11 on your system.

Bottom Line

And there you go! The Download Error – 0x800f0806 is causing trouble to a lot of Windows 11 users. And this fixing guide has tried to provide the solution for the same. I am hoping that this guide would be for you. The issue, as per many of the users, can be fixed by simply manually downloading and installing the required Windows update. However, there can be other problems on your PC and hence the rest of the mentioned fixes are the ones you should be performing first.

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