How to Fix File System Error 2147219196 in Windows 10

Jun. 16, 2022 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Windows 10


“Windows updated Friday, July 2, 2018 and I tried to open .jpg attachments from Outlook 2010, and Microsoft Photos opens for a second, then crashes. I got this error: File System Error -2147219196, but this is NOT an Outlook issue.”

“The Windows 10 update on 6/11/2018 has caused my Photos App crashed immediately on startup. I reinstalled the Photos, but I continuously get a file systems error (-2147279796).”

Above are some postings excerpted from the Microsoft Community. Recently, a great number of users reported file system error 2147219196 when they tried to open a .JPG, .PNG or any other image file in Microsoft Photos. The Microsoft Photos crashed. This issue usually occurred after users installed the Windows 10 Update, especially the July 16, 2018—KB4345421 (OS Build 17134.167) for Windows 10 Version 1803.

Are you also annoyed with file system error 2147219196? Don’t know how to troubleshoot this issue? Take it easy. You are not alone. Several workable fixes are listed in this post for your information. Now let’s see how to fix file system error 2147219196 in Windows 10.

Also Read: How to Fix “This App Can’t Open” Error in Windows 10

Fix 1. Run “sfc /scannow” Command to Detect Corrupt System Files

In some cases, the file system error 2147219196 may be related with the corrupt system files. To resolve the issue in this situation, the “sfc /scannow” command matters a lot. You can run it to detect corrupt system files on your computer. See these posts for details:

  • How to Launch Command Prompt on Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP

  • How to Fix Corrupted System Files with SFC /scannow in Windows

  • Fix 2. Uninstall Microsoft Photos and Reinstall It

    To work around file system error 2147219196, the second fix you can try is to uninstall Microsoft Photos. And then remove the leftover files and reinstall it. Do as follows:

    Step 1. Press Windows key + X and click on Windows PowerShell (Admin) to launch PowerShell as administrator.


    Step 2. Run the command below to remove the Microsoft Photos:

  • Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Remove-AppxPackage

  • Step 3. Click here to download PsExec from Microsoft official website and extract the contents of the archive to a folder, named as d:\tools.

    Step 4. Launch Command Prompt as administrator, type the following command into it and hit Enter to run:

  • d:\tools\PsExec.exe -sid c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe

  • Step 5. Then a new Command Prompt window will pop up. Run the following command in the new Command Prompt window:

  • rd /s "C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2018.18051.17710.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe"

  • If there is a prompt for confirmation as shown below, type into Y. Then the package folder of Microsoft Photos will be deleted completely.


    Note: The version number in the folder name will vary. You need to change it according to the version of Microsoft Photos installed in your computer. The best way to find the exact folder name quickly is to type the folder path into the Run dialog box. Then it will auto-complete the full path. You can copy the full folder path here and paste it to the Command Prompt window.


    Step 6. Launch Microsoft Store, search for Microsoft Photos and reinstall it.

    Fix 3. Reinstall All the Universal Windows Platform Apps

    If the two fixes above don’t change anything, you can try this fix to address file system error 2147219196. It is widely used to address the issues when the UWP apps can’t work normally. The steps are very simple. Just need to launch PowerShell as administrator and run the following command:

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

    This process will cost several minutes, please wait patiently. When the process is finished, all the UWP apps will be reinstalled. Then you can try to launch Microsoft Photos again to see whether the file system error 2147219196 is gone.

    Hope this post is useful for you to fix file system error 2147219196 in Windows 10. If you tried all the fixes above and still failed to troubleshoot this issue, you have to use other applications to replace Microsoft Photos temporarily, and wait for new cumulative updates released by Microsoft to fix it. Welcome to leave comments below if you need further assistances. For more solutions to other Windows 10 update issues, such as Emerging Issue 67758, error code 0x8000ffff and sihost.exe unknown hard error, please access to the Windows 10 section on this site.

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