How to Fix File System Error 2147219196 When Opening Windows Photo App?

Are you facing an error code 2147219196 while opening any image on the Photos app on your Windows 10 PC? Then you are not the only one as this error has been faced by many and there are people looking for some permanent fixes for this issue. Luckily for you, in this post, we will give you some simple tips and tricks that will get rid of the system file error 2147219196 from the Photos app on your Windows 10 PC.

This is a Windows 10 specific error that creeps up while opening any system app most likely in your case, the Photos app. This error has surfaced so many user’s PC, the root cause being an error in the Windows update. And to ease off the frustration of fixing this issue on your Windows 10 PC, we will guide you with some methods to fix the file system error 2147219196 when opening the Windows Photo app. So, that being said, let us get straight into the article itself:

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How to Fix File System Error 2147219196 When Opening Windows Photo App?

Follow the below fixes to remove the system error 2147219196 on the Windows PC while opening the Windows Photo App:

Update the Photo app

You can try to update the Photo app if there is a new update available for the app by heading over to the Start -> Microsoft Store -> Select See more -> Download and updates -> Get updates. There might be a new update available that fixes this issue on the Photos app.

Reinstall Photo app

If there is no update available for the Photo app then, you can try reinstalling the app from the Microsoft Store just in order to fix the corrupted file that might be the culprit behind this issue. To remove the Photos app:

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  1. Open Powershell and run it as Administrator.
  2. Type Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Photos | Remove-AppxPackage and hit the Enter button.
  3. Now click here to download the Photo app.
  4. Extract the contents of the zip file.
  5. Open a command prompt and pree Enter:
    <PsExec location address>PsExec.exe -sid c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe
    (Note in place of “PsExec location address” you need to enter the location where you have extracted the contents of the zip file)
  6. Click on Agree.
  7. If a new command prompt appears, you need to type in:
    rd/s“C:\ProgramFiles\WindowsApps\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2017.37071.16410.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe”
    (The version number may vary as per the update)

Use Registry Editor with Admin Privileges

You need to make sure to make a system backup and only go ahead with this procedure if you really are dying to use the Photo app and not any other app:

  1. Search registry editor on the Start menu and open it as admin.
  2. Head over to this path:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Classes\LocalSettings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\AppModel\Repository\Families\Microsoft.Windows.Photos.
  3. Now you need to check for the date of each entry by checking the date of the folder name.
  4. Delete the outdated entries and then restart your PC.

So, there you have it from my side in this post. Hope you guys liked this post and it was able to fix the error on your Windows 10 PC when opening the Photo app. Let us know in the comments below which of the above-mentioned methods worked for you. Until the next post…Cheers!

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