How to troubleshoot “File System Error (-2147219196)” on Windows 10

Many users have recently upgraded their operating system, and now they are facing several bugs and problems along with; File System error (-2147219196) is one of the most common error. This issue usually occurs when users attempt to run a file, but it gets crashed. Mostly, this error comes into view when you try to open .jpg, .png or any other image file with Photos app. But the similar scenario may appear for Calculator, Groove and other applications as well. If you are thinking to reset or repair any of these apps using “Apps and Features,” you need to understand that it simply doesn’t work to troubleshoot File System Error (-2147219196). In this post, we are going to show you all the possible solutions to fix with this error. Let’s get started.

Reasons to cause File System Error (-2147219196)

Many reasons are there behind creating this error such as incompatible or corrupted files, conflicting applications, virus infection or expired drivers. However, you can resolve the issue by following some workaround, for example, cleaning up your affected disk, updating Windows. In addition, Resetting Microsoft Store Cache, DISM.Exe & CHKDSK, SFC/Scannow, adjusting in Sound Settings and themes can also work efficiently.

Solutions to fix “File System Error (-2147219196)” on Windows 10

Apply Windows Defender Full-Scan

As we’ve mentioned early in our post, sometimes malware can too cause this types of error in Windows 10 device. In that case, running a Full-scan on the system using the Windows Defender (the built-in antivirus security tool, can troubleshoot this error. Here’s how you can do this:

  1. Firstly, tap on the Shield icon from the Notification panel. If you are failed to find it there, then tap on the Show hidden icons to get that.
  2. Once the Windows Defender Security Center is launched, you need to tap on the box for “Virus & threat protection.”
  3. After that, you need to run a new advanced scan located under the Threat history.
  4. Make sure that the radio button of Full scan is marked and then tap on Scan now button to start the process.
  5. Now the system is going to scan your whole device and eliminate the threat if any.

This solution should solve the issue if the threat were the reason for this error.

Reinstall Built-in Apps

When you are not able to launch an app because of this error, then reinstalling the apps may help to fix it. Here’s how:

  1. Right click on the Start button and tap on the Windows Power Shell (Admin) from the list that appears.
  2. Tap on Yes when A UAC locks your screen.
  3. After that, you need to type the following command in Power Shell and hit Enter –

Get-AppXPackage | For each {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}

  1. Performing this command will reinstall the tools and troubleshoot the missing or damaged components that your apps may need.

Run the “chkdsk” command

  1. Hit the Win + S keys simultaneously and type “cmd.exe” in the search box.
  2. When the result comes up in the Best match panel, you need to right-click on the “Command Prompt” and click on the “Run as administrator” option.

Note: If a User Account Control appears, you should tap on the Yes button to proceed with the procedure.

  1. Copy the following command and paste it after “C:\WINDOWS\system32” and then press Enter –

chkdsk /f c: (the C is given as your System drive.)

Note: The “/f” parameter works to search for errors in your disk and troubleshoot them automatically.

Thank you for reading this post. We hope that information as mentioned above is going to resolve this issue.

John Morrison is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, John has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

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