How to fix Photos app File system error [SUPER GUIDE]

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Photos app File system error

Are you trying to open up a picture on your Windows 10 PC and you get an error message saying File system error message with an error code at the end? This Photos app File System error issue is more common than you might think.

In this article, we will explore some of the best methods that worked when other Windows 10 users encountered this issue.

How to fix easily fix File system error in Photos app? First off, try repairing or resetting the Photos app from the Settings app. If that doesn’t work, you might have to change certain permissions in your registry related to the Photos app.

How can I fix the Photos app File system error?

  1. Repair the Photos app
  2. Reset Photos app
  3. Use Registry Editor with Admin privileges

1. Repair the Photos app

If you’re getting File system error in Photos app, try repairing the Photos app. You can do that by doing the following:

  1. Click on Start > Settings.
  2. Navigate to Apps.
  3. Search for the Microsoft Photos app in the list, select it, and click on Advanced options.file system error advanced options
  4. In the Advanced options window, scroll down and select photos app file system error
  5. The process of repairing your Photos app will start, and as soon as it is over, you will see a checkmark next to the Repair complete file system error
  6. This should resolve the Photos app File System error. If that’s not the case, move to the next step.

2. Reset Photos app

If the File system error is still there, you could try resetting the Photos app.

  1. Follow steps 1 to 3 from the first solution.
  2. In the Advanced options window, scroll down and select app reset
  3. After this process is complete, you can try once again to open up the Photos app.
  4. This should resolve the Photos app File System error for good.

3. Use Registry Editor with Admin privileges

Note: It is recommended that you perform a backup your system before attempting to change any information in the Registry editor to avoid any issues

Note 2: Some of the information presented in this solution will vary on your PC depending on the number of times the app was uninstalled, reset, etc.

  1. Click on Cortana search box, and type regedit.
  2. In the list of results, right-click on it, and choose Run as as administrator file system error photos app
  3. This will open up the Registry editor.
  4. Navigate to
    Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\

    by using the navigation tree to the right of your photos registry file system error
  5. In this folder, check for the date of each of the entry by checking the date found in the name of the folders.registry editor
  6. The number of folders present under the Microsoft Windows Photos folder will vary depending on the number of uninstalls you performed in the past. In my case, there are only 3 folders available, each with the same version number. In some cases, there could be up to 8 entries of which some will have an older version.
  7. Delete the outdated entries found in the Microsoft Windows Photos folder ( the entries with smaller version numbers), and Restart your PC.

Note 3: In order to be able to delete the outdated key entries, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Right-click on each entry > go to Permissions.permissions registry editor file system error
  2. Click Advanced.advanced permissions file system error
  3. Change owner from System to Administrator (by typing in ‘Administrator’ and press OK.enter the object name
  4. Set all rights to the key to be accessible by Administrator. Doing this will allow you to delete the keys.
  5. Repeat steps 1 to 3 of  ‘Note 3’ for each of the outdated keys found in the folder Microsoft Windows Photos in the Registry Editor.
  6. After you’ve deleted all older versions of the keys, restart your computer and try using the Photos app again.

There you go, these are just a couple of solutions that can help you fix File system error in Photos app. Alternatively, you can contact Microsoft Support, here, and ask for the resolution. Let us know if this article helped you fix your issue by using the comment section below.