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Windows 10 update (KB4345421) causing file systems error (-2147219196)

A number of users report After installing the recent Windows Cumulative Update (KB4345421) Windows 10 Build 17134.166. The windows apps start crashes immediately at startup with file systems error (-2147219196). Some users report the Photos app crashes immediately on startup, Try to the reinstalled photos app, but still it continuously gets a file systems error (-2147219196). For some others, desktop shortcuts do not open programs and apps. Error Code: 2147219196.

As users report the problem on the Microsoft forum:

After installing the KB4345421 update it is not only the Photos app that stopped working but also all Store apps affected. Maps, Plex, Calculator, Weather, News, etc… They all crash after showing their splash screen with “file systems error (-2147219196)”. The Store app and Edge still work.

file systems error (-2147219196)
file systems error (-2147219196)

Why file systems error (-2147219196)?

File System errors are usually caused by Disk Related Errors which can be due to bad sectors, disk integrity corruption, or anything else related to the storage sector on the disk. Also sometimes corrupted system files also cause this error as you can also receive the File system error while opening the .exe files or while running apps with Administrative privileges.

But luckily you can fix this issue windows has a build-in check disk command utility its specially designed to fix File System Error (-2018375670), where it checks and fix disk drive-related errors, including bad sectors, disk corruption, etc.

Fix file systems error (-2147219196) on Windows 10

Note: Below solutions are applicable to fix different file system error -1073741819, -2147219194, -805305975, -2147219200, -2147416359, -2145042388 etc getting on Windows 10 apps such as while opening windows 10 photo, calc, camera, calendar etc.

As discussed before disk drive error is the main reason behind this error and running the chkdsk command is the most applicable solution to fix this type of problem. As chkdsk only check the disk for errors ( Read-only ) didn’t fix the problems, we need to add some extra parameter to force chkdsk to check for errors and repair them. Let’s see how to do.

Run Disk Check Utility

First of all click on start menu search, type cmd. From search results right-click on the command prompt and select run as administrator. When the command prompt screen appears type command chkdsk C: /f /r and press enter key. Press “Y” when asking for confirmation to schedule chkdsk run on the next restart.

Run Check disk on Windows 10
Run Check disk on Windows 10

Note: Here chkdsk command stands for check disk errors. C is the drive letter where the windows installed. The “/f” parameter tells CHKDSK to fix any errors it finds; “/r” tells it to locate the bad sectors on the drive and recover readable information

Save your current work and restart windows to allow chdsk command to check and fix disk drive errors. Wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that restart windows and on the next login check There is no more file systems error (-2147219196) while opening windows apps. If still getting the same error follow the next solution.

Run SFC utility

If running the check disk command didn’t fix the problem, then there may a problem with corrupted system files. We recommend running system file checker utility to check and make sure missing, corrupted system files not causing this file systems error (-2147219196).

To do this again open command prompt with administrative privileges. Type command sfc /scannow and hit enter key to execute the command. This will scan windows for corrupted missing system files if found any the sfc utility will restore them from a compressed folder located on %WinDir%\System32\dllcache. Wait until 100% complete the scanning process after that restart windows and check file systems error (-2147219196) fixed.

Run Check disk on Windows 10
system file checker tool

Reset Windows Store Cache

Sometimes corrupted store cache itself also causes the problem to open Windows apps. Where users get file systems error (-2147219196) while opening store-related apps such as photos app, calculator, etc. Reset windows store cache by following the steps below

1. Press Windows Key + R then type “Wsreset.exe” and hit enter.

2.Once the process is finished restart your PC.

Reset Windows Store Cache
Reset Windows Store Cache

Re-register Windows apps

If all the above solutions didn’t fix the problem, and the system still results in file systems error (-2147219196) while opening windows apps. let’s try to re-register all problematic apps which may refresh and fix the problem for you.

Simply right-click on the start menu, select PowerShell ( admin ). Type the following command then hit Enter to execute the same.

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

re-register Windows 10 apps
re-register Windows 10 apps

After that restart windows and on the next login open any windows app, check there are no more file system errors.

Check with a New user account

Again sometimes corrupted user account profiles also causes different problems or may this file systems error (-2147219196). We recommend creating a new user account by following the steps below, log in with the newly created user account and check may the problem get fixed.

You can easily create a new user account with a simple command line. First, open the command prompt as administrator. Then type net user “username” “password” /add and hit enter key to create a new user account.

Note: Replace username with your user name and password as shown image below.

cmd to create user account
cmd to create user account

Is still the problem not resolved? Then there might be a problem with the installed update files which may get corrupted or you have installed a buggy update on your system. That cause tries to Reset windows update components which may very helpful to fix almost every window update-related problem.

Did these solutions help to fix “file systems error (-2147219196)” on Windows 10, 8.1? let us know in the comments below. Also, Read Windows 10 Start Menu Not Working? Here’s 5 solutions to Fix It.

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