Microsoft Photos app

Microsoft recently pushed a new update for Photos app on Windows 10 and if the reports are believed to be true, the new software update is making Photos app unusable on some Windows 10 devices.

Many users have complained that the Photos app throws error “File System Error -2147219196” when they double-click on a JPG, PNG or other image file format. A user explains on Microsoft forum that the Photos app updated on July 17 and it doesn’t open anymore.

File System Error Photos app

Every attempt to open a photo via the Photos will result in “file system error (-2147219196)”. It’s worth noting that resetting and repairing the app from the settings menu is of no help.

The users on social media website Reddit also claims that the issue is occurring on their system. In every case, the problem appears to be exactly the same.

How to fix File System Error 2147219196 in Photos app on Windows 10

It appears that the users can fix this error by uninstalling the Photos and reinstalling it from the Microsoft Store. You can uninstall any built-in app, but Microsoft doesn’t allow you to easily uninstall them in the usual way and it could be risky if not done properly.

You can also fix the Photos app by reinstalling Windows 10 OS or resetting the PC but if that’s not something you’d like to do, you can follow the below steps to uninstall the Photos app.

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Uninstall the Photos app with a PowerShell cmdlet

  • First, open PowerShell with administrator rights.
  • Hit Windows+X or right click on start button, and then choose the “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” option from the context menu.
  • Run this command to remove the Photos app:

Get-AppxPackage *photos* | Remove-AppxPackage

Remove Photos app

  • Go to the Microsoft Store and search for Microsoft Photos and install the app.

Third-party tools

  • Download the third-party tool called Windows 10 Store Apps Uninstaller from here and remove the Photos app from the system.
  • Alternatively, you can also download the third-party app called CleanMyPC uninstaller from here and remove the Photos app.
  • Psyonix

    Already tried the powershell commands since day 1 of bug. It doesn’t work at all. It seems that MS has to fix it by issuing a patch..

  • Psyonix

    Only workaround to open your image file is to change the default app from Microsoft photos to something else. For now i kept it to Google Chrome.

  • Cody Thomson

    Install QuickLook from Microsoft store! It’s much faster, minimalistic and easier to use!

  • Dave Waggle

    My app was just removed in entirety or made inaccessible with a recent update and cannot find it in “features” at all. a couple weeks ago it just started opening images with the useless 3D paint application. if i gotta deal with one more ******** that says do “sfc /scannow”…