Fix Windows 10 error 80200056 using these quick methods

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  • Windows Update is supposed to make it easy to keep the operating system up to date with the latest patches, service packs, and security updates. Even in the best of times, it’s wise to expect some errors as exceptions to the rule.
  • If Microsoft's servers are the problem when getting the Windows 10 error 80200056, all you can do is wait. If not, you may remove corrupted update files or use the DISM tool.
  • Are you having additional problems with Windows Update? If so, be sure to check our Windows Update errors section for more useful tutorials.
  • If you’re worried about other Windows 10 problems, you should know that we’ve addressed similar issues extensively in our dedicated Windows 10 errors hub. Be sure to check it out.
How to fix Windows 10 error 80200056

Time has shown us that upgrading to Windows 10 isn’t going as smoothly as planned. A lot of users receive various error codes that prevent them from downloading and installing Windows 10 normally.

One of these errors is error code 80200056, which prevents users from downloading Windows 10. In this fix guide, we’re going to help you solve this problem.

Error 80200056 means that your Windows Update service requires data from the online server, in this case, Microsoft’s servers, but it doesn’t get any response.

This could happen if Microsoft’s servers are overloaded, but it also could be system-related. If Microsoft’s servers are the problem, all you can do is wait.

However, this error code also appears if you accidentally restarted your computer or lost the internet connection while downloading the Windows 10 update.

So, in order to download and install Windows 10, you have to delete the corrupted update files and then run the update process again, from scratch.

How can I fix Windows 10 error 80200056?

1. Remove corrupted update files

So first, you need to delete the corrupted Windows 10 update files, which became damaged once you interrupted your update process. To delete these corrupted files, do the following:

  1. Go to the following folder: C:WindowsSoftwareDistributionDownload folder and delete everything in it.SoftwareDistribution
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. Now, right-click on the Start Menu button and open Command Prompt (Admin).
  4. Enter the following command and press Enter: exe/updatenow.
  5. Go to Windows Update and check if you’re able to download Windows 10 now.

If you’re still unable to download Windows 10, even after performing this fix, then something’s wrong with Microsoft’s servers.

So you should wait for a little until Microsoft’s developers have fixed everything. After that, you’ll be able to install Windows 10 normally.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to wait for Microsoft’s servers to start functioning again, there’s one thing you can do. You can head over to Microsoft’s website and download the official ISO file with the installation of Windows 10.

Since you were able to install Windows 10 through Windows Update, you probably have a genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.x.

This means you’ll be able to install Windows 10 from the ISO file without any limitations. Just download it, create an installation media and install the system.


Windows 10 ISO file won’t download? Don’t worry, we’ve got an easy fix for you.


2. Use DISM

  1. Open Start Menu, type in the search box Command Prompt, right-click on it and select Run as administrator.
  2.  After the Command Prompt opened, insert the following commands and press the Enter after each one:
    DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth 
    -DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealthcommand prompt dism
  3. Exit the Command Prompt window
  4. Restart the computer and check if your problem is solved.

3. Run the Update troubleshooter

Another quick way to fix update problems is to run the Windows Update troubleshooter. You can launch it either from the Settings page or Control Panel.

Wait for the tool to complete the scan and fix your update issues and then restart your computer. Try to install the problematic update again.

windows update troubleshooter


Does the troubleshooter fail to load with an error? Follow this useful guide and fix it in just a couple of simple steps.


I hope this article helped you with the error code 80200056. If you have any other working solutions for us, don’t hesitate to share them in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Windows 10 update errors

  • What is the problem with Windows 10 update?

To identify the Windows 10 update problem you’re experiencing, clean up the temporary files or fire up a System File Checker command. Check this useful guide in case of experiencing SFC issues.

  • How do I get Windows 10 updates?

In Windows 10, downloading and installing new updates is mostly automatic. However, to make sure you always get Windows 10 updates, select Check for Windows updates.

  • Does Windows 10 install updates automatically?

Windows Update automatically installs important updates as they become available. This doesn’t mean that you cannot tell Windows Update how you want it to act.

You may be notifying and manually start the procedures, or even disable Windows Update completely.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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