There may be scenarios when attempting to download applications through the
Microsoft Store (for myself, attempting to download Sea of Thieves), the
download fails when a non-descriptive error
0x80080206. This error value
represents the error code
APPX_E_CORRUPT_CONTENT: The package contents can’t be read because it’s corrupted.
Several recommendations online may suggest one of the following options to resolve this issue:
Reset the Microsoft Store cache by invoking invoke
wsreset from an
elevated command prompt.
Manually clearing the Microsoft Store’s cache by removing the content inside:
Manually clearing the Windows Update’s cache by removing the content inside:
(may require stopping the Windows Update service:
net stop wuauserv)
Neither of these solutions resolved the
APPX_E_CORRUPT_CONTENT issue. After
some additional investigation, the issue appears to be that the Microsoft Store
requires the Windows Update Delivery Optimization (WUDO) to install new
applications and updates.
The system in this scenario had Delivery Optimization disabled in favor of BITS. To quickly check if a system may not have Delivery Optimization enabled, a user can search for “Delivery Optimization Settings” in the Windows system search:
And examine the currently configured settings:
The following message shows that Delivery Optimization capability has been modified by a local group policy:
*Some of these settings are hidden or managed by your organization.
If a user experiences the above error and has permission to edit local group policies, the following steps may be of some use.
Open the Local Group Policy Editor by opening the run menu (
⊞ Win + R) and
gpedit.msc. Navigate to the section:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Delivery Optimization
In this section, there will be an option
If this option is set to
Enabled, this system may be forcing the use of
BITS (with a configured
Bypass (100) mode). Select the
option and in the dialog change it from
After applying the setting, attempt to download from the Microsoft Store again.