Windows 10 Photos app not working File system error -2147219196

A number of users report the latest windows update broke the Microsoft 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 installing the latest Windows Update.

 A user reports the problem on the 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 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 a recent windows update may be 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 errors -2147219196, -2147219194, -805305975, -2147219200, -2147416359, -2145042388 etc on Windows 10 apps such as while opening windows 10 photo, calc, camera, calendar etc. Here are 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” Let’s first run the Chkdsk command with extra parameters /f and /r to force chkdsk to check for errors and repair them.

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

Note: Here chkdsk command stands for check disk errors. C is the drive letter where the windows are 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 disk for errors windows 10

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 the 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 the 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 restore health command

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

system file checker utility Windows 10

Reset Windows Store Cache

Sometimes corrupted store cache itself also causes problems to open Windows apps. Where users get file systems error (-2147219196) while opening store related apps such as photos app, calculator, etc. Let’s reset the 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 Microsoft 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.

Microsoft store app troubleshooter

Uninstall the Photos app with a PowerShell cmdlet

  • First, open PowerShell with administrator rights.
  • Press Windows+X or right-click on the 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

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

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

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

Re register default Windows apps Windows 10

After that restart windows and on the 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.

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Steve Ballmer
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