Friday, January 22, 2016

Workaround for WSClient.dll error in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 11102

One of the known issues listed by Microsoft for the recently released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 11102 is WSClient.dll error dialog which the user gets to see after logging in. Microsoft is working on the fix. While the Microsoft is working on a fix, it has posted a workaround also for the same.


Actually users are getting this error in the previous build 11099 also.


Just run the following at the Command Prompt with admin rights.

schtasks /delete /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\WS\WSRefreshBannedAppsListTask” /F

For this, right click on Start button and click on Command Prompt (Admin) and at the command prompt, copy and paste the above command and press enter, you will see the result as Success with the message shown below.


So once you do this, you can restart the system and the Error dialog will not appear.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Reinstall KB3093594 to fix stability issues in Windows Live Mail 2012

There are many users who still use Windows Live Mail 2012 as their Mail client. Windows Live Mail 2012 was the last Mail client, its part of the Windows Essentials 2012 suite released by Microsoft. After this version, Microsoft has stopped releasing the updates and wants users to shift to the newer Mail app that comes with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. 


The KB3093594 re-released:

In the second week of this month, Microsoft had alerted Windows Live Mail 2012 users that some chnages are coming to users of Microsoft accounts like Outlook, Live, Hotmail, MSN accounts that may prevent mails being delivered to Windows Live Mail 2012. And it said, in order to continue using this Mail client, you need to install this update.(Update for Windows Live Essentials Mail 2012 (KB3093594) )

But after installing this KB30393594, some Windows Live Mail 2012 users started reporting about facing stability issues. The Windows Live Mail would crash on launching it. Reacting to this, Microsoft said “We have identified the root cause and are currently working on a fix that addresses the issue for impacted users on applicable platforms.”

And then Microsoft re-released Update for Windows Live Essentials Mail 2012 (KB3093594). So users who had previously installed this update and were facing cash on launch of Windows Live Mail 2012 should download and re-install KB3093594 and the issue wil be resolved. Download it from here. So the issues listed below will be fixed by installing this re-released update.

Known issue and solution about this update
  • Issue 1: After you install this update (that was released before December 17, 2015), you may find that the program crashes soon after start.
    Solution: If you installed this update before December 17, 2015, you may have experienced a crash in the Windows Live Mail app soon after start. To fix this issue, download and reinstall the same update that's described in this article.
  • Issue 2: After you install this update that's released on December 17, 2015, you may experience mail sync issues.
    This issue occurs because of a server-side problem. Microsoft is researching this issue and will post more information in this article when the information becomes available.

Monday, December 21, 2015

[FIX] Improve disk space requirement on small hard drives for installing Windows 10 November update

Systems with small hard drives (16 or 32 GB) or systems having low disk space had some issues while installing Windows 10 November update. Microsoft now has addressed that issue.

Error and the Fix:

Earlier on such systems, on having low disk space even after connecting external storage , one was not able to free up disk space. And Windows would report an error on trying to install November update:FixLowdisk-Space1
“We found some issues. Select this message to fix and finish updating.” When clicking the “Fix issues” button, a message would appear that said “Windows needs more space”, and one option provided is to “Choose another drive or attach an external drive...” If you selected this option and attached the external drive, Windows was not making good use of that external storage, and you may have seen a message saying that you still needed a similar amount of free space to install the update.
Microsoft has released a fix for this KB3124260 . With this fix, Windows will make better use of external storage making it much more likely that the install will continue after you select the external drive and Refreshing. The fix reduces the amount of space required on the C: drive by over 2 GB. This is great news with those using smaller devices like tablets with smaller hard disks.
Please note that this issue and fix only apply to Windows 10 devices upgrading to the November update. It does not apply to Windows 8.1 devices.
If one had experienced this issue earlier, then first one has to remove the temporary Windows installation files and then download them again, with the fix included. To do this, Run Disk Cleanup, Select the C drive, Click Clean up system files if asked. Select Temporary Windows installation files and click OK.
Then check for Windows updates to get the November update and this time update will include the fix that will make it easier to use the external drive in low disk space cases. This update replaces a previously released update 3120678.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Known issues in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 11082

Few days back, on Dec. 16th , Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 11082 to Insiders on Fast ring. This is the first build released from Redstone development branch (RS1 branch). Though it doesn’t yet have any of the new features of Redstone. Earlier builds were released from Threshold2 branch.
In this build, you won’t see any of the big noticeable changes or new features. The Windows team has focused on product improvements based on Windows 10 November update. Gabe Aul in his blog post adds :
We’re also working on some structural improvements to OneCore, which is the shared core of Windows across devices. Essentially, OneCore is the heart of Windows, and these improvements to OneCore make building Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, Hololens and Xbox more efficient. We’re doing some code refactoring and other engineering work to make sure OneCore is optimally structured for teams to start checking in new features and improvements in the new year.

Known issues in Build 11082:

With this build Microsoft has decided to provide the known issues in Insiders Hub instead of blog post. Here are the few known issues for this build:
  • Languages packages and Features on Demand will fail to install on this build. We are investigating workarounds.
  • When copying, deleting, or moving files there will be no progress dialog shown. The file action will complete without intervention. This can cause confusion when acting on large files or directories.
  • With this build, application defaults for some applications will be reset. Music & Video will default to Windows Media Player. This can be reconfigured opening Cortana or Search and searching for “Choose default apps by file type” to open the correct settings page.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Reclaim disk space after installing Windows 10 November update

By now the Windows 10 November update must have rolled out to all and you must have already updated your system with this November update. If you haven’t yet updated with this update, do it as provides significant addtions.

Reclaim ~15-25 GB disk space after Nov update install:

Here is a smal tip if you have installed the November update. As said, this Novemebr update to Windows 10 is quite significant and it not only adds new features but also leaves lots of update files taking up quite a lot of your disk space. This is because this update installs as if it is a fresh version of Windows 10. So its upto you that you want to reclaim disk space or use it as it is. If you are removing those files, remember that you will NOT be able to rollback to previous version. So befor reclaiming the disk space, ensure everthing is working fine and you do not want to go back to previous version.
So better to use the system for few days after installing November update then reclaim the disk space. So to clear all those WIndows old files, we will be using the usual Disk Clean up utility. If you havn’t used this utility, here’s how it’s done.
  • From the Cortana/Search, just type Disk cleanup and in the search result, it will list the Desktop app Disk CLeanup. Right click on it and run as administrator and select the C drive, the drive on which Windows is installed. And it will list all the files that can be deleted. Among it will be ‘Previous Windows installation(s) files, Temporary Windows Installations files. These 2 will be major ones contributing to file size. For me, they were ~15 GB. But many users had even 20-25 GB cleared .
  So select these 2 and others and press OK.
  • This will warn you before deleting. So, ensure that you do not want to go back to previous Windows installation that is to previous version of Windows before the November update.
  click on “yes’ and you’ll have this huge chunk of disk space available back to you.
EDIT: Also as some users said that they are not getting November update, this could be because:
If it’s been less than 31 days since you upgraded to Windows 10, you won’t get the November update right away; this will allow you to go back to your previous version of Windows if you choose. After the 31 days have passed, your PC will automatically download the November update.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

[tip]: Remove app suggestion ads from Start menu

Here’s a small Windows 10 tip. In Windows 10 a new ‘feature’ or a suggestion where Windows suggests you an app in the Start menu below the Most used apps. Though many users won’t mind this app suggestion, but some users find it annoying and considers them as app ads. This app suggestion is based on your app usage history. So if you are one of those who feel annoyed and wants them to be removed, here’s a way to disable them.


To disable this app suggestion,

  • Open Settings > Personalization > Start
  • And switch off ‘Occasionally show suggestions in Start’


That’s all. Now you won’t get those app suggestions.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

[Workaround] Windows 10 November update / Build 10565 installation hangs at 44%

Though builds newer than Windows 10 build 10565 build for Windows Insiders have been made available, this issue of Windows 10 build 10565 hanging at 44% is interesting and many were having this issue so I’m posting about this workaround.

EDIT: Similar issue have been reported by users installing the recently released Windows 10 November update for regular Windows 10 users. So I have updated the title too.

Microsoft has posted about this issue and a kind of workaround for it. Still the issue is being observed and feedback is being collected from Insiders.

What’s the Issue?

While installing Windows 10 Build 10565, some devices having SD card inserted will stop responding at 44%. That is, the device hangs at 44%.


If the install is freezing at 44% and you have SD card inserted, just remove the SD card and the install will continue with the update beyond the 44%. If anyone was using SD card for additional disk space, check if you have a free USB or min-USB port available and that can be used instead for the upgrade. Hope this resolves the issue.

Those facing this issue, Microsoft has asked to provide the make and model of the device and also if the workaround provided resolves the issue or not.