What if you get the file system error (-2018374635) when trying to open certain Windows components in Windows 10? This error is a common issue but don’t worry, and you can find some workarounds from MiniTool in this post. Go on reading to know the details.

File System Error 2018374635

When using a computer, you may often run into a file system error and usually, you can see an error code in the message, for example, file system error 2147219196, 805305975, 2147219200, etc. Today, we will show you another issue – files system error (-2018374635).

According to reports, this error sometimes appears when trying to run ms settings via the Run window. This is mainly because of the missing system files or components. Besides, you may meet the error 2018374635 when trying to launch Taskbar, Start Menu, File Explorer, Microsoft Edge, a picture, etc. Additionally, a third-party app may also go wrong with this error if there is any missing component or file.

Fortunately, multiple ways can be used to help you out. In the following part, we will guide you on how to fix file system error 2018374635 in these methods.

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How to Fix File System Error (-2018374635)

Run System File Checker

System File Checker, also known as SFC, is the built-in utility in Windows to be used to help check the system for corrupt or missing Windows files and restore them. With this tool, you can fix many system errors & problems including the file system error (-2018374635) since the error may be triggered by missing/corrupt Windows system files.

To know more about this too, refer to our previous post - The Detailed Information about System File Checker Windows 10.

Here is how to run an SFC scan to scan all the components in your PC and fix the issue:

Step 1: In Windows 10/11, type cmd to the search box, right-click on Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator. Click Yes in the User Account Control popup.

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Step 2: In the CMD interface, type in the command – SFC /scannow and then press Enter. Then, this tool starts the verification phase of the system scan to check for possible corruptions and repair them. Once the process reaches 100%, exit the CMD window and restart your PC to check if your issue is fixed.

sfc scannow Windows 10

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If SFC fails to fix file system error (-2018374635), you can use another Windows tool – DISM (Deployment Image Servicing and Management) to check whether there is any corruption in the Windows Image or not. See how to run a DISM scan:

Step 1: Launch Command Prompt with admin rights in Windows 11/10.

Step 2: Type in the commands one by one and press Enter after each one:

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth

DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

After finishing all the operations, reboot the PC and see if the file system error is removed from your computer.

Sometimes you may run into DISM error 87 when running this tool. Don’t panic and you can find solutions in the post - Full Solved - 6 Solutions to DISM Error 87 Windows 10/8/7.

Run Check Disk

According to users, this way is worth trying. Just launch Command Prompt with admin permissions, type in the command chkdsk C: /f /r /x, and press Enter. This can help to check for any bugs and errors inside the hard disk and fix them including this file system error.

Install the Latest Windows Updates

If you don’t update Windows 10 regularly, some compatibility issues may generate on the computer. As a result, the issue of being unable to launch ms settings file system error 2018374635 or other error messages with the error 2018374635 appear. So, follow the below-given instructions to update Windows 10.

Step 1: Click the Windows icon and tap on Settings or press Win + I to directly open Settings.

Sometimes the Settings app fails to open and you can find solutions from this related post - What to Do When Windows 10/11 Settings App Is Not Opening.

Step 2: Click on Update & Security and go to the Windows Update page.

Step 3: Click the Check for updates button. If Windows finds some available updates, the system will download and install them automatically. You are required to restart the PC several times to finish the installation.

check for updates Windows 10

Try Clean Boot in Windows 10/11

Clean Boot uses minimal drivers and startup programs to run Windows so that you can determine whether there is a background app interfering with your process. This is similar to Windows Safe Mode.

If you are interested in the difference between Safe Mode and Clean Boot, here is a related post for you - Clean Boot VS. Safe Mode: What’s the Difference and When to Use.

Try these steps now for Clean Boot:

Step 1: Press Win + R to get the Run dialog, type msconfig to the text box and click OK to open the System Configuration window.

Step 2: Check the option of Hide all Microsoft services and click Disable all.

clean boot Windows 10

Step 3: Click Apply and then OK.

If the file system error (-2018374635) disappears in the Clean Boot mode, it is obvious that the third program is triggering the issue. Enable the app processes on by one or in small batches in System Configuration to check which one is the culprit.

Restart Windows Explorer

According to users, this way may be helpful to fix file system error 2018374635.

Step 1: Right-click on Taskbar in Windows 10 and choose Task Manager.

Step 2: In the Processes tab, scroll down to find Windows Explorer.

Step 3: Right-click on it and choose End task.

restart Windows Explorer

Reset Your Apps via PowerShell

In some forums, some users recommend this way and just have a shot now.

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See what you should do:

Step 1: Press Win + X and click Windows PowerShell (Admin). Or, you can type PowerShell to the search box and click Run as Administrator from the right pane to launch this command-line tool with admin rights.

launch PowerShell as administrator

Step 2: Click Yes when the User Account Control popup appears.

Step 3: Copy and paste the following commands to the PowerShell window and press Enter after each command:

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

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

Run System Restore

System Restore is another way to help to restore your PC to an earlier date where everything still works. If you encounter the file system error (-2018374635) in Windows 10, run System Restore now.

Step 1: Type create a restore point to the search box and click the exact result to open the System Properties window.

Step 2: Click System Restore to go on.

Windows 10 system restore

Step 3: Choose a restore point that should be created before the file system error (-2018374635) was troubling you.

Step 4: Click Next > Finish and the restoration process starts.

If there isn’t a restore point, this way cannot help you.

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Change User Account

Sometimes the current user profile may get corrupt or damaged thus blocking Windows from using some specific system setup files or elements. As a result, the error 2018374635 happens on your Windows 10 PC. So, creating a new user account and signing in to the PC with this account next time will be a good idea.

Follow the steps to do so:

Step 1: Click the start icon and right-click on your profile image to choose Change account settings. Or, go to Settings > Accounts.

Step 2: Click Family & other users > Add someone else to this PC.

Step 3: In the Microsoft account popup, create a new account for this PC by following the on-screen wizards.

create a new user account Windows 10

After creating the account, sign out of the current account and sign in with the new one to check if the error 2018374635 is disappeared.

Reset Windows

If none of these fixes can solve the file system error (-2018374635), you can try to reset your Windows. This way can cause data loss, so before you proceed with this operation, back up your important files. In terms of data backup, we recommend using the professional file backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker. It is designed to back up files, folders, Windows systems, disks, and partitions. Automatic backup, incremental and differential backup are supported. Now, get its trial edition to have a shot.

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Step 1: Open MiniTool ShadowMaker Trial Edition in Windows 10.

Step 2: In the Backup interface, choose files to back up by clicking Source. Then, choose a path to save the backed-up data by clicking Destination.

Step 3: Click Back up Now to start the backup task.

MiniTool ShadowMaker data backup

Next, start to reset your PC:

Step 1: Press Win + I to enter the Settings window.

Step 2: Click Update & Security > Recovery and click the Get started button from the Reset this PC section.

Step 3: Choose an option to continue and here we recommend choosing Keep my files.

reset Windows 10

Step 4: Select Cloud download or Local reinstall to go on. (Related post: Cloud Download vs Local Reinstall: Differences on Win 10/11 Reset)

Step 5: Finish all the operations by following the instructions on the screen.

Suggestion: Create a System Image with MiniTool ShadowMaker

After fixing file system error 2018374635 on your Windows 10 PC, you had better create a system image. This is because system issues/errors/bugs always happen suddenly, letting you feel annoyed. If you have a system image backup, you can quickly restore the PC to an earlier state to reduce the downtime and you won’t spend much time finding fixes for the issues.

To do this task, you can also run MiniTool ShadowMaker. See how to create a system image now:

Step 1: Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker and continue using its Trial Edition.

Step 2: In Backup, select system partitions as the backup source and then choose an external hard drive or USB flash drive as the backup target.

Step 3: Run the backup by clicking Back up Now.

MiniTool ShadowMaker system backup

After creating a system image, you had better go to Tools > Media Builder to create a bootable USB drive or USB external drive so that it can be used to run the PC for system recovery when it fails to start.

Bottom Line

How to fix file system error (-2018374635) in Windows 10? In this post, you can find 10 ways and try them one by one to fix your issue. Besides, creating a backup for your important data before PC resetting is recommended. As well, making a system image with MiniTool ShadowMaker is a good idea.

Should you have any other solutions to fix this file system error or ideas on this topic/MiniTool software, you can leave a comment in the following part. We will reply to you as soon as possible. Thanks a lot.

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