How to fix Photos app file system error (-2147219196)

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  • When opening Windows Photo App you might encounter a file system error. Fix this by repairing or resetting the Photos App. 
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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 (-2147219196) 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. Download an alternative photo viewer
  2. Repair the Photos app
  3. Reset Photos app
  4. Use Registry Editor with Admin privileges

1. Download an alternative photo viewer

If you’re tired of Microsoft Photos, then you might as well for an alternative photo viewer, on great alternative being Adobe Lightroom.

  1. Download Lightroom free here
    • Make sure you register your Adobe account for a free 7-day trial
  2. Install Adobe Lightroom on your PC.
  3. Reboot your PC
  4. Press Start
  5. Select Settings
  6. Go toApps
  7. Navigate to the Default Apps tab
  8. In the Photo viewer section choose Adobe Lightroom as the default program.

By following these steps, not only will you have a new photo viewer installed, but you’ll also have an image editor included, one that is almost as good as Adobe Photoshop.


2. 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 Repair.repair 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 button.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.

3. 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 Reset.photos 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.

4. Use the 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 administrator.run as administrator file system error photos app
  3. This will open up the Registry editor.
  4. Navigate to this key by using the navigation tree to the right of your screen.
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSOFTWAREClasses
      • Local SettingsSoftwareMicrosoftWindows
        • CurrentVersionAppModel
          • RepositoryFamiliesMicrosoft.Windows.Photos
            windows photos registry file system error
  5. In this folder, check for the date of each of the entries 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 this ase, 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.


FAQ: Learn more about Photos app File system error

  • What is File System Error (-2147219196)?

Opening a picture via Windows Photo apps might show a File System Error (-2147219196). This is usually a system bug that can be fixed by resetting the Photos app and performing a scan on your hard drive.

  • Can’t open photos File System error?

Try opening the Photos app in Admin mode. Reset the application if the error is still there. Finally, scan your hard drive for issues and solve them.

  • How do I fix a file system error?

Follow this friendly guide to fix file system errors.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in April 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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