Package could not be registered

The Microsoft Photos app for Windows 10 is one of the best applications that are available on the Windows 10 operating system. But it may throw up errors at times. One such error is the one that says, Package could not be registered. 

Some of the causes of this error include the installation of the Microsoft Photos app being corrupt, the image file being corrupt or any other System File supporting the application being corrupt.

Package could not be registered

Package could not be registered

The following fixes may help in fixing this error on the Windows 10 Photos app:

  1. Use System File Checker and DISM.
  2. Reset the Microsoft Photos App.
  3. Reinstall the Microsoft Photos app using Windows PowerShell.
  4. Use the Windows Store Apps troubleshooter.

1] Use System File Checker and DISM

To fix any file corruption issue, we recommend using  System File Checker (sfc /scannow) and DISM. Both inbuilt tools will replace system files with fresh copies.

Once these commands are executed in the given order, restart your computer and try again.

2] Reset the Microsoft Photos App

  • Open the Windows 10 Settings App with Win + I combination.
  • Navigate to Apps > Apps & features.
  • Look out for the entry of the Microsoft Photos app, select it and select Advanced Options.
  • Scroll down to select the button labeled as Reset.

3] Reinstall Microsoft Photos app using PowerShell

Run Windows Powershell as an Administrator and then execute the following command to uninstall the Microsoft Photos app and then hit Enter:

get-appxpackage Microsoft.ZuneVideo | remove-appxpackage

Let the process complete and then reboot your computer.

Type in the following command to reinstall the Microsoft Photos app and then hit Enter.

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

Let the process complete and reboot your computer, open the image inside of the Photos app and check if the error is gone.

4] Use Windows Store Apps troubleshooter

Microsoft has released a dedicated Microsoft Store apps Troubleshooter. You need to download and run it.

Alternatively, you can find it under Settings App > Update & Security > Troubleshoot.

All the best!

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Ayush has been a Windows enthusiast since the day he got his first PC with Windows 98SE. He is an active Windows Insider since Day 1 and is now a Windows Insider MVP. He has been testing pre-release services on his Windows 10 PC, Lumia, and Android devices.