How to Fix “File System Error (-2144927436)” in Windows 10 and 11

File System error (-2144927436) in Windows is related to the Universal Windows Platform and Microsoft applications. According to affected users, this error prevents them from using any applications and in some cases, it can also cause problems while launching the Start menu.

error (-2144927436)

As per our research, this issue can be caused by a number of reasons, most of which are related to the inconsistency within the system. Below, we have discussed several troubleshooting methods that did the trick for users. Proceed with the one that suits your situation the best.

1. Run Windows Store Apps Troubleshooter

The first thing that you should do after facing any kind of application error like the error (-2144927436) on Windows is run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter. This troubleshooter is built within Windows alongside several other troubleshooters and works by scanning the system for relevant issues. If it finds any issues, it will suggest fixes that you can apply with a single click. 

This fix is effective in cases where a corruption error or bug inside the system files is preventing the applications from launching or working properly. 

Here is how you can run the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter:

  1. Type Windows Settings in the search area of the taskbar and click Open.
  2. Choose Update & Security in the following window.
  3. Then, click on Troubleshoot in the left pane and click on Additional troubleshooters on the right side of the window.
    Go to additional troubleshooter
  4. In the next window, look for Windows Store Apps and click on it.
  5. Hit the Run the troubleshooter button under it. The troubleshooter will now begin its initial scan.
    Run troubleshooter
  6. If it finds any issues, it will notify you via a dialog. Click on Apply this fix in the dialog to proceed.

After the troubleshooter has completed its process, check if you can now use the application without any problems. 

2. Repair or Reset the Application

Another fix that worked for users to fix the error (-2144927436) was repairing/resetting the application. If the issue is within the application itself (for instance, a bug might be affecting it), then you can try repairing the app via Windows Settings. 

During program repair, all the files in the program’s folder are checked, damaged files are replaced, and registry entries may be checked/fixed. During this process, the installation is run again, but the operation does not affect any changes that you might have made within the application.

If that does not work, you can reset the app back to its default state, which will fix whatever problem is preventing you from launching the app.

  1. Press Windows + I keys together to launch Windows Settings.
  2. Choose Apps from the list of options available.
  3. Choose Apps & features from the left pane and locate the app you are facing the problem with on the right side of the window.
    Apps and features
  4. Choose Advanced options.
    Click Advanced options
  5. Scroll down in the following window and click on the Terminate > Repair button.
    Repair the application
  6. Confirm your action in the prompt that appears on your screen and wait for the process to complete. 
  7. If for some reason you cannot see the Advanced options link under the app, type the name of the application in Windows search and right-click on it.
  8. Choose App settings from the context menu.
  9. In the following window, click Terminate and then hit the Repair button.

If after the repairing process you are still facing the issue, then we suggest you go ahead and perform the steps again but this time, click on the Reset button instead of the Repair button. 

3. Perform a System Restore

You can also fix the error (-2144927436) issue by reverting your system to a previous point in time where the error was not present and you were able to use the application without any problems. 

This is more of an undo feature, which is made possible by the System Restore utility. This utility takes snapshots of your system from time to time, typically right before performing some critical tasks like installing an update. Then, if anything goes wrong in the future, you have the option to move back to an error-free functioning state. 

However, keep in mind that to be able to restore a previous working state of Windows, this feature must be enabled on your PC. If it is not, there will be no restore points. 

If this feature is enabled already, follow these steps to proceed:

  1. Press Win + R keys together to open a Run dialog.
  2. Type rstrui.exe in the text field of Run and click Enter.
  3. You should now see a list of restore points available. Choose one of them (the latest one, preferably) and hit Next.
    Restore a previous PC state via System Restore
  4. Click Finish to end the process. 

4. Reset the Microsoft Store Cache

You might also be encountering the issue due to the corrupt Microsoft Store cache. If the cache becomes corrupt, the relevant applications are likely to act up.

The solution, in this case, is simple, as all that you need to do is reset the Microsoft Store cache and see if that makes a difference:

  1. Press Win + R keys together to open a Run dialog.
  2. Type wsreset.exe in the text field of Run and click Enter.

You should see the command execute in Command Prompt. After it is done, the Command Prompt will close automatically. Once done, check if you can use the application without the error (-2144927436) now.

5. Log Into Xbox and Windows Store With the Same Account

If you are facing the error with an Xbox game specifically, then another thing you need to do is make sure that you are logged into Xbox and Windows Store with the same account. While you are at it, make sure that the date and time, time zone, and region are also accurate. 

Moreover, your Xbox game subscription is also active. 

Once you have made sure that you are logged into both the programs with the same account, here is how you can adjust the time zone:

  1. Press Windows + I keys together to launch Windows Settings.
  2. Choose Time & Langauge from the list of options available.
    Choose time & language settings
  3. Select Date & time from the left pane and make sure that the time and time zone are accurate.
    Date and time settings
  4. Then, choose Region from the left pane and make sure all the details in that section are correct as well.
    Select region and check the settings

6. Update Windows

Have you ever wondered why Windows Updates are so important?

There are a lot of security updates because security-related issues are the worst – since they can be exploited by malware and hackers. 

Moreover, it is essential that you install software updates, not only to gain access to new features but also to protect yourself against security vulnerabilities that may be found in outdated programs. 

There are also other updates that fix bugs and issues in Windows. If you have not installed the latest updates for a long time, then we suggest you take your time to install them. If the error (-2144927436) issue is caused due to problems within the system, then hopefully this will resolve it.

7. Re-register Microsoft Store

Re-registering the Microsoft Store is also another way to fix issues with the Microsoft Store application. With this method, you will not lose any of the application’s data.

Follow these steps to proceed:

  1. Right-click on the Windows icon on the taskbar and choose Powershell (Admin) from the context menu.
  2. Choose Yes in the User Account Prompt.
  3. In the Powershell window, execute the command mentioned below to re-register Store for current users:

    Get-AppXPackage *Microsoft.WindowsStore* | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
    Enter code provided
  1. Hit Enter to execute it. 
  2. To re-register Store for all users, execute the following command:

    Get-AppXPackage WindowsStore -AllUsers | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml”}
    Enter another code above to re-register Store for all users

8. Reinstall Windows Using the Media Creation Tool

Finally, you can reinstall Windows using the Media Creation Tool.

By far one of the most popular software applications developed by Microsoft is the free Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. Windows 10 creation tool allows you to upgrade Windows 10 to the latest version easily. In this method, you need to create an installation USB drive/DVD disc to perform a clean installation or to repair a problematic PC.

To update or reinstall Windows 10 or 11, we recommend using the Media Creation tool if you are yet to find a solution for the error (-2144927436). 


Zainab Falak

Zainab Falak is a highly educated professional with a background in actuarial science and a strong passion for technology. Her expertise lies in the field of data analytics and she is a proficient programmer in languages such as Python and R. At Appuals, Zainab shares her extensive knowledge of Windows 8, 10, and 11, covering a broad range of topics related to these operating systems. Zainab's ability to effectively communicate technical concepts in a clear and concise manner has earned her recognition and respect in the tech community. She is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the field and providing readers with insightful and informative content.