Thu, 02 Dec 2021

Summary: Windows 10's native Photos application has photo editing capabilities and can be used to make simple video edits as well. While it's great for basic video modifications, sometimes it tends to get sluggish when exporting videos, if the video has far too many edits. After deeply analyzing the problem, we've come up with some viable fixes in this post.

The "Photos" application in Windows 10 is much more than a simple photo viewer. It's possible to edit photos and create basic videos with this application. Though you won't be able to utilize this software for professional video editing, it can definitely be used for basic video modifications, like cutting, adding or removing audio, and compressing the video.

After making of edits to a video, it's natural for you to export the final result and save it at a desired location. Although the Photos app proves to be quite handy with video editing, it sometimes throws error if the video is too long or you've made far too many edits. In such cases, it can take a long time to save the files or even get stuck while exporting videos.

If you're facing a similar issue, this article will help you solve it through a few easy fixes.

How to Solve "Windows 10 video editor won't export" Error?

When you've spent hours editing a video file only to face errors while exporting, you just might be tempted to abandon the task altogether. However, we urge you to try these tips to fix the issue first.

1. Use an alternative program for exporting video files

If you're facing issues with the Windows 10 Photo app, it is the time to switch to another application for your video editing and exporting needs. You could try a program like Adobe Premiere Pro. This software is an industry standard when it comes to video editing and its versatility with respect to supported file formats allows it to handle almost any type of video file. In addition to video editing, you can also use it for file conversions and exporting.

2. Run the troubleshooter for Microsoft apps

A simple run of Microsoft's inbuilt troubleshooter can also help you overcome the "Windows 10 video editor not exporting" error. Here are the steps you should follow:

  • Go to Start Menu -> Settings.
  • Select Update and Security -> Troubleshoot option in the Settings window.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Windows Store Apps.
  • Now, run the troubleshooter. For this, click the Run the troubleshooter
  • Image 1 - Run Microsoft troubleshooter

  • The troubleshooter will then do a scan of the various applications to see if there are any problems and will suggest appropriate fixes.
  • Check for any improvements after applying the patches.
  • 3. Terminate and reset the Photos app

    If troubleshooting the app hasn't worked for you, terminating and resetting it might do the trick. Follow these steps:

  • Select Settings from the Start menu.
  • Go to the Apps
  • Look for the Photos app and open it.
  • Navigate to Advanced Options and select it.
  • Image 2 - Use Advanced Options

  • Scroll to the bottom to the Terminate button and open it. This will help you terminate any app-related processes.
  • Then click on the Reset button and confirm action by clicking on 'Yes.'
  • Now try exporting the video.
  • 4. Update the Photos application

    An outdated Photos application can also lead to this error. Hence, try updating the Windows 10 Photos application using these steps:

  • Check if the Photos app has any new updates. You can do this by navigating to the Microsoft Store and searching for Photos app.
  • Download and install any new updates that are available.
  • Image 3 - Update the Microsoft Photos app

  • Try exporting a video after the update has been installed.
  • 5. Reinstall the Photos app

    If you've had no luck so far, uninstall and reinstall the Microsoft Photos app to eliminate the error. Here are the steps:

  • Start by right-clicking on the app.
  • Choose Windows PowerShell (Administrator).
  • Image 4 - Reinstall Photos app through PowerShell

  • Type the following command in the PowerShell window and press Enter:
  • get-appxpackage *Microsoft.Windows.Photos* | remove-appxpackage

  • This will remove the Photos app from your computer. Now restart your Windows 10 computer.
  • Launch the Microsoft Windows Store.
  • Install the Photos app after searching for it.
  • Verify if the photographs and videos are visible in the Photos app.
  • If you don't see the videos you desire, double-click on them and they'll appear in the Photos app.
  • Export the video and see if the issue is resolved.
  • By now, you should ideally not face the "Windows 10 video editor won't export" error. But if you're still stuck, proceed with the below-mentioned additional solutions.

    Additional Solutions

    1. Disable the graphics card adapter

    It may just be a shot in the dark, but you can try disabling the graphics card adapter to overcome the error. Use these steps:

  • Simultaneously press the Windows + X keys and then select the Device Manager option from the dropdown.
  • Open the Display adapters.
  • Continue by double-clicking on your adapter and navigate to the Driver tab.
  • Then disable the Driver by clicking the Disable Device button.
  • Windows will tend to use generic drivers, since the driver acceleration is off.
  • Restart your computer and try to export your video.
  • Despite trying out all these solutions, if you're still facing the export error, you should know there's an issue with the video file itself. It may be damaged or broken.

    There could be many reasons for video damage, such as virus attack, improper file transfer, etc. In such a case, use a video repair tool, such as Stellar Repair for Video to repair broken or corrupted video files.

    2. Repair damaged video with Stellar Repair for Video

    Stellar Repair for Video is an easy-to-use video repair tool with an extensive set of features for recovering video under a range of circumstances. Videos that have been corrupted due to interrupted online transfers, conversion, or bad codec can be repaired with this software. This is a comprehensive video data retrieval solution which allows you to fix several video files at once. You also get the option to choose between the Standard, Professional, and Premium editions of the software, depending on your needs. While the Standard version can only be used to fix broken videos, the Professional edition can restore and repair photos in addition to video repair.

    Here's how to repair video using this software:

  • The application is available for download on Stellar's official website.
  • Once it has been downloaded and installed, you can launch the application.
  • After opening the app, you'll be greeted with a pleasant user interface. Here, add the video file you want to fix by clicking on the Add button and then click Continue.
  • Image 5 - Add video to be repaired

  • A video repair procedure will begin after you add the damaged files. Depending on your computer's processing capabilities, this could take a while.
  • Figure 6 - Video repair in progress

  • Now a new window will open. You may browse through the restored files and choose the ones you want to save.
  • Image 7 - After repair, preview files and save to desired location

    Once the video has been repaired, you won't face the same error again.


    The Photos app's video editor is readily available right out of the box, and that's a large part of its appeal. Getting professional software such as Premier Pro for editing your videos will be a great idea, if you need it very often. But as long as you're not editing videos on a regular basis, you can get by with the Photos app.

    When using Photos app, if you face video exporting errors, don't hesitate to try out the solutions described in this post.

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