Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Windows 10 Photos app not working File system error -2147219196

A number of users report latest KB4343909 update broke the Windows photos app. As users mention on Microsoft Forum, Reddit Getting “File system error -2147219196” when they double-click on a JPG, PNG or other image file format, for some other users almost every windows app start crashes immediately at startup with file systems error (-2147219196). And The problem ( Windows 10 Photos app not working ) started After install latest August 14, 2018, Windows Cumulative Update (KB4343909) Windows 10 Build 17134.228.

 A users reports the problem on Microsoft forum:

After installing the KB4343909 update it is not only the Photos app that stopped working but also all Store apps affected. Maps, Plex, Calculator, Weather, News, etc… They all crash after showing their splash screen with “file systems error (-2147219196)”. The Store app and Edge still work.

file systems error (-2147219196)
file systems error (-2147219196)

File System errors are usually caused by Disk Related Errors which can be due to bad sectors, disk integrity corruption or anything else related to the storage sector on the disk. Also sometimes corrupted system files cause this error But as the problem started after recent windows update may the KB4343909 update bug causing the File system error while opening the .exe files or while running apps with Administrative privileges.

File System Error (-2147219196) in Windows 10

If you are getting different file system error -2147219196, -2147219194, -805305975, -2147219200, -2147416359, -2145042388 etc on Windows 10 apps such as while opening windows 10 photo, calc, camera, calendar etc. Here some applicable solutions you may apply to fix the issue.

Run Check Disk Utility

As discussed before disk drive error is the main reason behind this “file system error -2147219196” Lets first run Chkdsk command with extra parameter /f and /r to force chkdsk to check for errors and repair them.

  • Click on Start menu search type cmd.
  • From search results right click on command prompt and select run as administrator.
  • Here type command chkdsk C: /f /r and press enter key.
  • Press “Y” when ask for confirmation to schedule chkdsk run on next restart.

Note: Here chkdsk command stands for check disk errors. C is the drive letter where the windows installed. The “/f” parameter tells CHKDSK to fix any errors it finds; “/r” tells it to locate the bad sectors on the drive and recover readable information

Check And Fix Disk Drive Errors with CHKDSK
Check And Fix Disk Drive Errors with CHKDSK

Save your current work and restart windows to allow chdsk command to check and fix disk drive errors. Wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that restart windows and on next login check There is no more file systems error (-2147219196) while opening windows apps.

Run DISM and SFC utility

Also Run the DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) command to repair the system image after that Run System file checker utility to scan and restore missing corrupted system files. This will fix the file system Error (-2147219196) caused due to corrupted system files.

To Do this Again open Command prompt as administrator.

First type DISM Command: dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth and enter key to execute the command. Wait until 100% complete the scanning process.

DISM restorehealth command
DISM restorehealth command

After that Run command Sfc /scannow to scan and restore missing corrupted system files. If found any the sfc utility automatically restore them from a special folder located  %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. Wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that restart windows and check on next login windows apps working properly.

Run System file Checker Tool
Run System file Checker Tool

Reset Windows Store Cache

Sometimes corrupted store cache itself also cause the problem to open windows apps. Where users get file systems error (-2147219196) while opening store related apps such as photos app, calculator, etc. Lets reset windows store cache which may fix the gitch.

1. Press Windows Key + R then type “Wsreset.exe” and hit enter.

2.Once the process is finished restart your PC.

Reset Windows Store Cache
Reset Windows Store Cache

Run the store app troubleshooter

Also Run the windows store app troubleshooter from Settings ( Windows + I), Update & security -> Troubleshoot. Look for Windows Store apps, select and click on Run the troubleshooter to check and fix problems that may prevent windows store apps from working properly.

Windows store apps troubleshooter
Windows store apps troubleshooter

Uninstall the Photos app with a PowerShell cmdlet

  • First, open PowerShell with administrator rights.
  • Press Windows+X or right click on start button, and then choose the “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” option from the context menu.
  • Run this command to remove the Photos app:

Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Photos app
Remove Photos app

Go to the Microsoft Store and search for Microsoft Photos and install the app.

If you are getting the problem with multiple apps then perform command below to re-register all windows apps.

Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

Reinstall or re-register default Windows apps in Windows 10
Reinstall or re-register default Windows apps in Windows 10

After that restart windows and on next login open any windows app, check there are no more file system errors.

Did these solutions help to fix “File system error -2147219196” while open windows apps. Let us know which option worked for you, Also Read Right Click Not Responding and Crashes Windows 10 version 1803.

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