Error: Code 206 - "The requested file wasn't completed downloaded. For example, this message is shown when the user presses the ""Stop"" button before a page is loaded."

How to fix the Web Error Code Error 206 Partial Content

This article features error number Code 206, commonly known as Partial Content described as "The requested file wasn't completed downloaded. For example, this message is shown when the user presses the ""Stop"" button before a page is loaded."

About Status Codes

When you receive web error codes, you may either be having client or server issues. The problem could be related to browser or settings that are blocking your connection, or it can be any other issues related to the server you are trying to access.

To explain the problem further, here are some useful information about web error codes, their symptoms, causes and repair methods.

Definitions (Beta)

Here we list some definitions for the words contained in your error, in an attempt to help you understand your problem. This is a work in progress, so sometimes we might define the word incorrectly, so feel free to skip this section!

  • Button - Buttons are simple elements in graphical user interfaces that take mouse clicks or finger taps on mobile devices as input.
  • File - A block of arbitrary information, or resource for storing information, accessible by the string-based name or path
  • Message - Facebook messages, JavaScript messages, mobile messages Android, iOS, windows-phone, etc.
  • Partial - Existing only in part; incomplete.

Symptoms of Code 206 - Partial Content

Web error codes are also known as http status codes. There are five different classes of http status codes and they always start with the following digits, depending on what kind of error was encountered by the user. These are also the symptoms of the error that the user is experiencing. To explain further, here are the status codes.

2xx: Success
This status response means the action requested was received, understood and accepted. However, rather than the actual requested item, it returned a status report that is a modified version of the origin's response or that there aren't any content sent back. In other words, users experience slow or no response. These are the messages received:
200 - OK
201 - Created
202 - Accepted
203 - Non-Authoritative Information
204 - No Content
205 - Reset Content
206 - Partial Content

Fix Partial Content (Error Error 206)
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Causes of Partial Content - Error 206

2XX codes occur to confirm receipt and processing of the request.

Repair Methods

There are particular troubleshooting steps for particular Web Error codes. However, there are also generalized repair methods users can perform when faced with these kinds of errors.

If a repair method works for you, please click the upvote button to the left of the answer, this will let other users know which repair method is currently working the best.

Please note: Neither nor it's writers claim responsibility for the results of the actions taken from employing any of the repair methods listed on this page - you complete these steps at your own risk.

When accessing a site, data gets stored in the browser cache. Sometimes, you have tried fixing a web error but the same message appears on your browser. In such cases, you need to clear your browser cache to get rid of the annoying message. Here are ways to do that in different kinds of browsers:
  • On Google Chrome
    • Open Chrome and click the three dots on the upper right portion of your browser
    • Click More Tools and then Click Clear browsing data.
    • You may choose to delete everything or just a certain browsing period.
    • Check the boxes beside Cookies and other site data and Cached images and files.
    • Finally, click Clear data.
  • On Edge
    • Click the ... it is the rightmost button just beneath the close button.
    • Scroll down and Click Settings.
    • Look for Clear browsing data, and click Choose what to clear button.
    • It will give you option to choose which type of data you want to clear, just put a check mark on the items you want to include, then click Clear.
  • On Mozilla
    • Go to History menu and select Clear Recent History.
    • You may click the Alt button if the menu bar is hidden.
    • You will see a dropdown menu where you can select the period or range you want to delete, click your selection.
    • You can click on Details to choose what to clear, whether it be the entire cache or other items.
    • Once selected, click Clear now and then reboot the browser to let changes take effect.
  • If you want to check log files, you may do so by first ensuring that you are logged into the web server computer as an Administrator.
  • Click Start, then Settings, then click Control Panel.
  • Open Administrator Tools and then double-click Internet Services Manager.
  • Select the website from the list of different served sites.
  • Right click the website and then point your mouse to Properties.
  • Select Website tab and then click Properties. On it, you will see General Properties tab. On the bottom of the window, you may see the location of the log files generated.
  • Open log files using WordPad, any text file viewer or Microsoft Word.
  • Here, you should be able to analyze where you got the errors while accessing a server.
  • There are also times when you manually enter the URL of a site you wish to explore. If you are getting errors after doing this, check the URL you just entered on the address bar if you are indeed accessing the correct address. If not, correct the items you typed incorrectly.
For Windows 7
  • Search for Windows Updates on the search bar.
  • Click enter when it comes up on the search results.
  • Check recent updates and click Uninstall updates on recent dates when the error began happening.
For Windows 8 and Windows 10
  • Press the window key and the letter X simultaneously to open Settings
  • When you get to Windows settings, click Update & Security.
  • Click view installed update history, then Uninstall updates.
  • Sometimes, additional Extensions may give you Web Error Codes.
  • Uninstall Extensions you recently installed by going to your browser settings and then clicking More Tools.
  • You will see extensions than had been installed on your browser, choose the latest addition which you suspected caused the problem you are having.
  • This troubleshooting is normally handled by the site admin. If that is you, then you need to have an understanding of Web server configurations.
  • You may check which web server is running your site by using URL or domain checkers. You just need to enter the site address and analyze the results that you will get.
  • You may also check for broken links by right clicking the webpage and clicking on Inspect. This should give you the code to the site on the right side. You may check each anchor text and see if the links connected to them are still live.
  • You may also check for any unwanted characters on the codes and script by Debug Application Codes and Scripts. If you don't have any idea how to do it, you may check this resource to do that.
  • You may also try to Refresh website. Sometimes, the error you are getting is an old error which has not gone away and a simple refresh by clicking F5 may do the job.
Other languages:

Wie beheben Fehler 206 (Teilinhalt) - "Die angeforderte Datei wurde nicht vollständig heruntergeladen. Diese Meldung wird beispielsweise angezeigt, wenn der Benutzer die Schaltfläche ""Stop"" drückt, bevor eine Seite geladen wird."
Come fissare Errore 206 (Contenuto parziale) - "Il download del file richiesto non è stato completato. Ad esempio, questo messaggio viene visualizzato quando l'utente preme il pulsante ""Stop"" prima che venga caricata una pagina."
Hoe maak je Fout 206 (Gedeeltelijke Inhoud) - "Het gevraagde bestand is niet volledig gedownload. Dit bericht wordt bijvoorbeeld weergegeven wanneer de gebruiker op de knop ""Stoppen"" drukt voordat een pagina wordt geladen."
Comment réparer Erreur 206 (Contenu partiel) - "Le fichier demandé n'a pas été téléchargé. Par exemple, ce message s'affiche lorsque l'utilisateur appuie sur le bouton ""Stop"" avant le chargement d'une page."
어떻게 고치는 지 오류 206 (부분 콘텐츠) - "요청한 파일 다운로드가 완료되지 않았습니다. 예를 들어, 이 메시지는 페이지가 로드되기 전에 사용자가 ""중지"" 버튼을 눌렀을 때 표시됩니다."
Como corrigir o Erro 206 (Conteúdo Parcial) - "O download do arquivo solicitado não foi concluído. Por exemplo, esta mensagem é exibida quando o usuário pressiona o botão" "Parar" "antes de uma página ser carregada."
Hur man åtgärdar Fel 206 (Partiellt innehåll) - "Den begärda filen laddades inte ner. Det här meddelandet visas till exempel när användaren trycker på" "Stopp" "-knappen innan en sida laddas."
Как исправить Ошибка 206 (Частичное содержание) - «Запрошенный файл не был полностью загружен. Например, это сообщение отображается, когда пользователь нажимает кнопку« Стоп »перед загрузкой страницы».
Jak naprawić Błąd 206 (Częściowa zawartość) - „Żądany plik nie został w pełni pobrany. Na przykład ten komunikat jest wyświetlany, gdy użytkownik naciśnie przycisk „Zatrzymaj” przed załadowaniem strony”.
Cómo arreglar Error 206 (Contenido parcial) - "No se completó la descarga del archivo solicitado. Por ejemplo, este mensaje se muestra cuando el usuario presiona el botón" "Detener" "antes de que se cargue una página".

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05/01/23 11:46 : A iPhone user voted that repair method 1 worked for them.

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