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

Are you experiencing File System Error -2147219196 when opening Microsoft Photos app? Fix it using our guides

Microsoft Photos is the default app for opening photos and other images on Windows 10. But it offers much more than that, as you can also use it to edit photos and videos, create albums, add 3D effects, and so on. 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.

Microsoft Photos is a free photo viewer included in Windows 10. After the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, it had a video editing feature. The app allows you to mark up images with drawings, add background music, and 3D effects to videos. In addition, it makes the search much more straightforward with automatic object tagging.

Fix File System Error -2147219196 When Opening Microsoft Photos App

Microsoft Photos is a great tool for working with digital images and has the potential to replace higher-end image editing software. Nevertheless, it still lacks some important features, such as face tagging and a map view.

Microsoft Photos allows you to edit and share your most cherished memories. The app attempts to return to the days when anyone could easily edit a video using Windows Movie Maker. Although since the days of Windows Movie Maker, technology has greatly advanced. Today, Microsoft Photos can do more, as it has features such as integration with Microsoft’s OneDrive, allowing you to access photos and videos from any of your devices.

The name Microsoft Photos is somewhat deceiving because it’s not just for editing photos. This app has proved itself to be a lightweight yet competent video editing tool. You can add 3D effects or falling snowflakes or fireballs.

The interface for Microsoft Photos is divided into three modes, including Collection, Creations, and Folders. Collection organizes photos by date. Creations has automatically created albums, albums created by the user, and video projects. Folders organizes images by file location.

All images and videos in the Photos user folder and its subfolders show up in the Microsoft Photos app. You can still add other folders on your PC to view their contents in the Folders section in the Photos app. As previously mentioned, Photos is integrated with OneDrive, which allows you to view photos located on OneDrive using the app. The Photos app also has an Import feature that works with all storage devices you connect to your PC.

As far as photo editing is concerned, the Microsoft Photos app has everything you need. It has an Enhance tool that allows you to increase the contrast and saturation, fix white balance, which often leads to a much better image.

The app also has 15 more filter effects. This includes four black-and-white options, with varying levels of contrast and sharpness.

The new video editing feature includes basic things such as clip joining, trimming, adding effects, and background music. Nevertheless, The video editing features in Photos are extensive. It’s convenient when creating video slideshows using photos.

The video editing feature offers three options: Video Remix, Video Projects, and Album. Video Remix allows the app to automatically trim video clips, add effects, and background music to your selected videos and images. Nevertheless, you can still edit everything you want. If you want to edit your videos manually, however, you can do that with Video project. Trimming clips is easy, with markers showing in and out points.

All in all, Microsoft Photos is a great app, but many users are unable to 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.

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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 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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