When you are trying to open pictures by using the Windows Photo App, you might see a File system error 2147219196. In some cases, the error also might be found when you are trying to open the other apps of Windows such as Calculator and so on. Apparently, the File system issue 2147219196 is only on Windows 10 and this will prevent you from using a specific app (mostly your photo app) or a group of apps.
A bug in Windows Update is the culprit of the 2147219196 error. This bug was introduced by one of the latest Windows Updates in the Windows Photo App and a lot of people are encountering this error. Unfortunately, there is not anything that is able to fix the issue permanently other than a Windows Fix but there are a few things that you can try. You are able to use the Windows Photo Viewer or a third-party photo viewer. Here are all the things that you can try. You can start by following the steps in the first fix and then move to another one until the issue is fixed.
Fix 1: Uninstall Windows Photo and reinstall
Uninstalling and then reinstalling the Windows Photo App has fixed the error for some users. You can follow these following instructions if you want to uninstall, clean the left over files, and then reinstall the Windows Photo App.
- Download and install a tool called Restoro to scan and restore the corrupt and missing files. When the repair is done, continue to the next step.
- You will need to uninstall the Windows Photo App first, so please press the Windows key once.
- Enter “powershell” in the Windows Start Search.
- Right click Windows PowerShell from the search result and then choose Run as administrator.
- Enter Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windwos.Photos | Remove-AppxPackage and hit Enter.
- Download PsTools package by simply clicking the Download PsTools link from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/psexec.
- Apparently, the downloaded file will be in zip format. It means you will have to right click the file and choose Extract files… Please choose the appropriate location and extract the files.
- Hit Windows key once.
- Enter “command prompt” in the Windows Start Search.
- Right click Command Prompt from the search results and choose Run as administrator.
- Enter <PsExec location address>PsExec.exe -sid c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe and hit Enter. Do not forget to replace the <PsExec location address> with the actual address. It could be the place where you just extracted the contents of the downloaded file. For instance, if you extracted the files into e:\pstool, the location will look like e:\PsTools\PsExec.exe -sid c:\windows\system32\cmd.exe.
- Click Agree when it requires.
- You will see a new Command Prompt displayed after pressing the Enter key.
- Enter rd /s C:\Program Files\WindowsAPps\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_2017.37071.16410.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe and hit Enter in the Command Prompt. Keep in mind that the Windows Photo App version number will vary. Since the version number is located in the folder name, it means the folder name will also vary. Here are the steps that should be done to get the exact folder name.
First of all, hold Windows key and press R. Next, type your folder path and allow the Run utility to autocomplete it. It will autocomplete to the correct version. Once it is autocompleted, you can just simply copy the path from the Run and paste it in the command prompt. As the folder name will also be shown in step 4, you can get it from there as well.
- Hit Y once the system asks for confirmation.
Fix 2: Booting in Clean Boot
In some cases, particular third-party applications can bother the certain elements of the Photo Viewer app and prevent it from working well. You can try boot in Clean Boot to fix the issue. First, log in to the computer with an Administrator account. Second, press Windows and R. Third, type in “msconfig” and press Enter. Fourth, click on Services option and uncheck the Hide all Microsoft Services button. Fifth, click on the Disable All option and OK. Sixth, click on the Startup tab and click on the Open Task Manager option. Seventh, click on the Startup button. Eighth, click on any app in the list that has Enabled and choose Disable option. Ninth, repeat the process for all applications and restart your computer. Tenth, open the Windows Photo Viewer application and check if the issue is still there.
Fix 3: Run the Troubleshooter
In case any Windows default application is not working well, then you can use the Windows Troubleshooter to automatically identify and solve the issues relating to it. In this method, you will be running the Windows Troubleshooter to identify and solve the issue with the Windows Photo Viewer application.
The first thing that you will have to do is to press the Windows and I together. Then, click on the Update & Security option. The next thing that should be done is to choose Troubleshoot from the left pane. After that, scroll down and click on the Windows Store Apps. Please choose the Run the troubleshooter option. Doing so will make the troubleshooter identify and fix the issue automatically if possible.
Fix 4: Windows Update
Since the issue is quite popular and a lot of users of Windows are encountering this issue, there will be a bug fix released in the newest Windows Updates. It means if the methods above did not fix the issue then please focus on the Windows Updates. Make sure to keep updating the system to up to date. If you want to check for updates, you will have to press Windows and I at the same time. Then, click on the Update & Security option. Please choose the Check for Updates option and wait for a while so that Windows can check for the new updates. In the end, the updates will be automatically downloaded and installed. When everything is done, restart the computer to apply them on your computer.
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