Fix: “Microsoft WinRT Storage API” Appears in Open With Menu

After installing Windows 11 Feature Update, when you right-click on an image file such as JPG, PNG, BMP, etc., and click Open With, you might see a strange entry named “Microsoft WinRT Storage API” with no icon.

microsoft winrt storage api open with

Clicking on the Microsoft WinRT Storage API entry may throw one of the following errors:

Error "Element not found".
Windows cannot find 'filename.jpg'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.

Let’s see how to remove this Open With entry.


The strange “Microsoft WinRT Storage API” entry is caused by a corrupted Paint 3D installation. If the Paint 3D folder or some of its files are missing (but the registry entry remains), it shows up with a generic/placeholder name, such as “Twin UI” or “Microsoft WinRT Storage API” (the resource string comes from Windows.Storage.dll) in the Open With dialog, Default Apps, or Start menu.

To resolve the issue, uninstall and reinstall Paint 3D.

  1. Launch PowerShell as administrator.
  2. Run the following command:
    get-appxpackage *paint* -allusers | remove-appxpackage

    The above command uninstalls Paint 3D as well as the regular Paint app (mspaint.exe.)

  3. Once done, open Microsoft Store and install Paint 3D and the regular Paint app.
  4. See if the erroneous Open With entry is gone.
    microsoft winrt storage api open with

Editor’s note

The conventional steps to remove the Open With entries as in the article Remove Unwanted Programs from Open with menu didn’t work in this case. That’s because the strange entry was probably coming from the Paint 3D UWP App’s AppxManifest.xml file (Ref: uap:SupportedFileTypes at Microsoft Docs) instead of the registry.

“Mark” from Microsoft Answers has indicated that the above steps resolved the issue.

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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