Windows Photo App File system error 2147219196 - Pictures do not open

If you don't use the Windows Photo App to view pictures on your Windows 10 computer, you may get the following error message:

File system error (-2147219196)

This error occurs since one of the last updates of the Photo App and is quite annoying, as the Windows Photo App can't be used like this.

Alternatively, you can use another photo app via "Open With", but this is not in the true sense of the inventor. Therefore we have summarized the following tips for you, which usually fix the error file system error (-2147219196).

Solution approaches for File system error (-2147219196)

Tip 1. Reinstall Windows Photo App

First try to reload the Windows Photo App from the Microsoft App Store. This may already lead to the desired result that the app runs again. If not, you have to intervene a little deeper in the system:

For this you have to use Powershell. This works as follows:

Press the Windows key to open the start menu of Windows 10.

Type powershell and click on the entry of the same name, but hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys.

This opens PowerShell in admin mode. Now the Powershell opens, in which the two following variants have to be executed to repair the Windows photo app.

Tip 2. Powershell Repair Variant 1

  1. Run Windows Powershell as administrator as described above
  2. Enter and run the following command:
  • $manifest = (Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.WindowsStore).InstallLocation + '\AppxManifest.xml' ; Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register $manifest

Tip 3. Powershell Repair Variant 2

Run Windows PowerShell as administrator again and enter the following command:

Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

In the directory C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

Delete the subdirectories with "Microsoft.Windows.Photos_".

This will remove the access restrictions to these directories and then reinstall the Photo App from the Microsoft Store.

We hope that one of the three tips helped to fix the file system error (-2147219196) when opening the Photo App under Windows 10.

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