Fix file system error -2147219196 (i.e Photos app)

Today I suddenly faced “File System Error ( -2147219196 )” while I was trying to open an image (BMP file). The error occurred right after I had installed some updates. This blog post dives into the error and explains how to fix it.

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What is File System error -2147219196

File System error 2147219196 occurs due to a problem in the application itself. It is often related to the Microsoft Photos app. You are then unable to open photos (jpg, png, bmp) or videos (mp4, mov). But also other Microsoft Store Apps can trigger this error. A repair or registration of the app usually solves the issue

How to fix file system error -2147219196

The easiest fix is to uninstall and re-install the Windows Photo app:

  1. Click Start windows logo start and type Powershell
  2. Right-click Windows Powershell (Desktop App)
  3. Select Run as administrator
    run powershell as administrator
  4. In the Powershell window, type
    Get-AppXPackage | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}powershell -2147219196 register add-apppackage
  5. Wait for the command to complete. The Photos app is now re-installed. Try again to open the image or video.

Did this solve the error? Or does the problem persist? Let me know in the comments below!

How to set the Photos app to black

After installation of the Photos app, the background color is set to white. To set the background color to black:

  1. Open the Photos app
  2. At the right top click the 3 dots …
  3. Select Settings
  4. Scroll down to Mode.
  5. Mode is probably set to Use System Settings. Change it to Dark and restart the Photo app


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This worked! Thank you. I can open the Windows photo app again, but the background of the photos is always white and I remember it being black before. Is there a way to get it back to being black?


This worked perfectly. Also resetting background to black. Thanks.


This resolved my issue with the same error


This definitely solved the problem for me, too!! Thanks!! 😎


windows 10 error all files are working. thanks dear


couldn’t open any photos, tried this fix and it worked first time, many thanks


Completed reinstall of Windows Photos as instructed and it worked like a charm. Thank you!


Podle pokynů a problém vyřešen. Děkuji.


Podle pokynu a problem vyřešen. Děkuji.


Its worked. Thank you

Akhilesh Swarnkaar

Wow, it just worked. i was having the issue for several months. Thank you.


Thank you!!! This worked perfectly. I’ve had this issue for over a year. I tried lots of ‘solutions’ but nothing worked. I was unable to open several MS Store apps (inc Photos, Alarms & Clock, calculator). But now they all work. 🙂


thank you, photos show again. solution worked.

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