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Fix File System Error (-2147219196) When Opening Windows Photos App

3 Ways to Fix File System Error -2147219196 When Opening Microsoft Photos App

Microsoft Photos is the default app for opening photos and other images on Windows 10. However, many people have experienced problems with this app. One error, in particular, File System Error (-2147219196), prevents the app from opening entirely. This article will show you how to fix this error, so please continue reading if you're interested.

File System Error (-2147219196)

Microsoft Photos is a great app, but many users cannot take advantage of its nifty features due to File System Error (-2147219196), which prevents the app from launching. This error only occurs on Windows 10 computers, but it's also worth noting that it can also occur when trying to launch other apps. However, here we will focus on Microsoft Photos only.

It's a well-known fact that File System Error (-2147219196) is caused by a bug introduced with an earlier Windows Update. This issue has been around for quite some time now, so if you run Windows Update, then chances are that it will fix it. However, if you don't want to update Windows, you can try two alternative fixes.

Video Guide on How to Fix File System Error -2147219196 When Opening Windows Photos App

Table of Contents:

Method 1. Run Windows Update

Right-click Start button and click Settings

1. Right-click the Start button and click Settings.

Click Update & Security

2. Click Update & Security.

Click Install now

3. Click Install now if Windows has already checked for updates, or click Check for Updates if it hasn't. Windows will download and install updates automatically.

4. Restart your PC when prompted to allow updates to finish installing.

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Method 2. Run Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

Right-click Start menu and click Settings

1. Right-click the Start button and click Settings.

Click Update & Security

2. Click Update & Security.

Select Troubleshoot

3. Select Troubleshoot from the left pane.

Select Additional troubleshooters

4. Select Additional troubleshooters.

Click Run the troubleshooter button

5. Scroll to the bottom of the window. Select Windows Store Apps and click the Run the troubleshooter button.

6. The troubleshooter will automatically identify and fix the issue if possible.

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Method 3. Re-register the Microsoft Photos app

1. Hold down Windows+R keys to open the Run dialog box.

Type in Powershell in the Run dialog box

2. Type in Powershell and hold down Shift+Ctrl+Enter to launch elevated Windows Powershell.

Enter command to re-register Microsoft Photos app

3. Enter Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"} in the PowerShell window and hit Enter.

4. Close Windows PowerShell.

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