Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How to reinstall Insider Hub app in Windows 10 Build 10158

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10158 for PCs today. If you are Insider and have upgraded to build 10158 then you’ll find that the Insider Hub is no longer available. This is because the Insider Hub is no longer pre-installed starting with this build. If you want to re-install it, please follow the following steps:

Go to Settings > System > Apps & Features ,

Click on Manage optional features (as shown in the pic) and then Add a feature

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You’ll get a list which is in Alphabetical order, select the Insider Hub entry and click Install.

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And the app will be installed.

But when I installed it, it was no where got listed either in All apps as New or the Insider Hub app tile shown on Start. So I clicked on ‘Search the web and Windows’ (besides Start Window flag) and just entered Insider Hub and it was listed as Trusted Windows Store app. So I right clicked and pin to taskbar as well as Pinned to Start. And its now working. InsiderHubTile

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Backup Project Spartan favorites before upgrading to next Windows 10 build

The latest build of Windows 10 for PC is 10130. And the next build which will be released to Windows Insiders, the Project Spartan will officially change to Microsoft Edge. So it means Microsoft Edge app has a new app ID. Because of this any favorites, cookies, Reading List, history saved in Project Spartan app will be lost after upgrading to the new build having Microsoft Edge from the previous Windows 10 Insider Preview build.

So you will have to backup all of your favorites so that they can be imported once Microsoft Edge arrives in the next build.

How to save your favorites?

  • Copy your favorites from

Copy your favorites from %localappdata%/Packages/Microsoft.Windows.Spartan_cw5n1h2txyewy/AC/Spartan/User/Default/Favorites

  • Save them to %userprofile%/Favorites
  • Now after you upgrade to next build with Microsoft Edge, Open Microsoft Edge > Settings and there you’ll see the option to import favorites from other browser. Choose Internet Explorer to import the favorites you saved in %userprofile% directory into Microsoft Edge.

So do it now, as new Insider Preview build is arriving soon.

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Fix: Windows 10 build 10130 notifications and other flyouts not responding

Some users of Windows 10 Build 10130 for PCs were having issues of unresponsive flyouts from taskbar including Start. Actually when this build 10130 was released, Microsoft had listed this issue under known issues:

In some cases, flyouts from the Taskbar (including Start, Cortana, Network, Battery, and Action Center) fail to fly out. This is a transient issue, and after retrying a few times it will succeed. We are also working to service this issue with an update.

And Microsoft had mentioned that its working on a fix. And today users of Build 10130 received an update to fix this issue via Windows Update.

The KB3070365 is the fix received via WU:

Symptoms: When you click icons on the taskbar (including Start, Cortana, Network, Battery, and Action Center) in Build 10130 of Windows 10 Insider Preview, the expected flyout might not open.

This update is available from Windows Update. You must restart the computer after you apply this update.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Free e-Book: Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview edition

Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview edition is available as a free ebook download in various formats. Author is the well known journalist and Windows expert Ed Bott. The book is published by Microsoft Press.
As you know Windows 10 is still a work in progress, so the book is. The book offers a snapshot of the Windows 10 Technical Preview as of April 2015.

You can download the book in different formats from here:

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Windows 10 TP Build 10061 Black screen issue fix available via Windows Update

When Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061 was released, Microsoft has listed some of the known issues users may face after installing Build 10061. One of them was related to black screen.

There is a known issue where you might see a black screen with only your mouse cursor during login/logout. We have a fix for this coming via WU.

And today Microsoft has pushed the fix via Windows Update. Users may notice this in their WU

Update for Windows Technical Preview April Update for x64-based systems (KB3055415).

The details of KB3055415 can be found here:

The lock screen in Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10061 might appear as a black screen with a mouse cursor  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3055415/

So if you are on Build 10061 and having this issue then can check for Windows updates if not yet installed.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

OneDrive now supports Apple Watch

OneDrive is the free online storage from Microsoft ,  its for storing all your files and you can get to them from your iOS device, computer (PC or Mac) and any other devices you use.

And now with the latest update of OneDrive app for iOS, it supports Apple Watch too. It says:

‘If you have a new Apple Watch, you can enjoy your OneDrive photos right from your wrist!’

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So Microsoft is ensuring that OneDrive will be there from the day Apple Watch will be seen on wrists of its user.

Seems the feature that would be available on Apple Watch will be to browse all the photos on OneDrive right from your wrist.

Anyway, one should appreciate Microsoft for providing the OneDrive update for Apple Watch right from the day one its made available.

You can get the OneDrive for iOS from iTunes . Can also check some more improvements in the new Version 5.3

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Windows 10 TP build 10049 install issue : “Updates are available, but we temporarily need 0.00 MB-0.00 MB of space…”

This post is about issue faced when upgrading Windows 10 TP from Build 10041 to 10049. Within 2 weeks of availability of Windows 10 TP Build 10041, next build 10049 was made available on fast ring. I was running Build 10041 and since I’m on fast ring, build 10049 was offered as WU. So started downloading…

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But was stuck with this message : ‘Updates are available, but we temporarily need 0.00 MB – 0.00 MB of space to download…’

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Though the message seemed to have bug as it didn’t mention the correct space required..I thought of recovering some space. There was Windows.old folder having previous Windows installation files and some other folders having temporary installation files. So instead of manually deleting them, I ran the built-in Disk cleanup tool. You can search for and run it. And do not forget to choose ‘Clean up System files’ to clean Windows.old and other temp installation files.

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It cleaned and I had nearly 18 GB of free space now..but I was still getting the same message of ‘Updates are available, but we temporarily need 0.00 MB – 0.00 MB of space to download…’

Even the restart didn’t help. So it was not re-initializing the WU process…...I did these following steps:

Start > Run > net stop wuauserv and press enter.

So I just stopped the Windows update service.

Next I renamed the Windows > SoftwareDistribution folder then restarted the system and this time the Windows update was offered again. And the downloading started.

So the download was done and did a manual restart to start the upgrade process. It took ~3.5 hrs for me to complete the upgrade to 10049. At many points there were long pauses as it seemed like it has stuck at some % progress. So just keep an eye on Hard disk activity LED to ensure activity is going on.

I also checked the Microsoft Community and saw that many were facing this issue. and had also done similar things. And some had even deleted the SoftwareDistribution folder.

Official Microsoft solution:

And even Microsoft had posted the solution, this is what it said analyzing the problem:

There are two issues being hit here:

  1. The UX has a bug displaying space. It should be showing how much free space is needed, but is reporting 0.00.
  2. The rescan logic has a bug that requires the service to be retriggered, else it will not see newly freed space.

The solution for this problem is:

  1. Free at least 10GB to allow the download and setup process to have sufficient space to operate.
  2. From an elevated command prompt run ‘’usoclient startscan”, which will reinitiate the scan.

So just issue the above command from the elevated command prompt if you get this error.

Later Microsoft also noted that Builds 10041 and 10049 seem to be taking up much more disk space than previous builds and also taking much more time.

And provided this solution:

We have a bug, which in some cases is causing setup to download all available language packs during the installation of Builds 10041 and 10049.  We believe this is the cause of both of these issues.  It may also result in a few unexpected folders appearing on your desktop or in File Explorer.

If you’re blocked from installing the latest build because you don’t have enough disk space, you’ll want to free up 2.5 GB of space to resolve the issue.

If you want to reclaim the extra disk space from the language packs after installing the latest build:

  1. Open a command prompt as an administrator
  2. Bring up the interface for uninstalling language packs by typing the following command and press Enter:

Lpksetup /u

     3. Select the language packs you want to uninstall.

So if you are facing similar issues in installing Build 10049, just follow the solutions provided by Microsoft.