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.

Thursday, November 05, 2015

[tip] Get notified when your shared file on OneDrive is updated

As you know one can share files on OneDrive for your friends to view,edit. But if you have shared a file like an Excel sheet or a Word doc and your friend later edited and made some changes,so how do you know that your shared files has been edited. Here’s a small tip to get notified for the same.

  • Open , Click on Tools (Gear icon) on top right > Options


  • Select ‘Notifications’ OneDriveToolSOption1
  • And ensure Send me email when – ‘Someone makes changes to file I shared’ is checked . That’s all OneDriveToolSOption2

So whenever your friend makes changes to your shared file, you’ll get notified via email.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Skype messages and contacts missing from Messaging app in Build 10576

Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 10576 for PCs few days back for Windows Insiders in fast ring. After upgrading to the Build 10576, all of the Skype messages and contacts are gone in the Messaging app. This is one of the issue faced by the users and Microsoft has provided workaround for this issue.


  • Open file explorer and navigate to this folder :
  • C:\Users\<USERNAME>\AppData\Local\Packages\

  • Delete or rename the “PrivateTransportId” file. (If the ‘file name extension’ option is ticked, you’ll see this file as “PrivateTransportId.setting” )
  • Restart the Messaging app.

Hope this solve the issue.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Troubleshooting Windows 10 Photos app crash

Since some time now, there have been many users who are complaining of Windows 10 Photos app crashing or closing after editing a photo. Some users are also complaining of the app getting closed as soon they open the app or the app freezing after opening and then it closes. One can try these methods to troubleshoot any Windows 10 Store app problems in general:

  • First of all ensure the latest version of the app is installed. Go to Store and check if any updates are available for the app if you have set to check the updates manually.
  • If you have problems with an app from the Windows store, try this app troubleshooter : Run Troubleshooter  one can download and run this or
  • From the Control panel , run the troubleshooting > Hardware & Sound > Windows Store apps
  • Next is one can uninstall the app and reinstall. Photos app being installed along with Windows OS doesn’t have right click ‘Uninstall’ option in the context menu like other user installed Windows Store apps. So will have to issue this PowerShell command. (This is specific for Photos app)
    • Search for Windows PowerShell in Search box and on search results, right click on Windows PowerShell and Run as administrator.
    • On the Powershell prompt,  Type

          get-appxpackage *Microsoft.Windows.Photos* | remove-appxpackage

    and press enter. After its removed, reinstall the app from- 

  • One can try resetting Windows store.
    • Right click on start and click on Run.
    • In the Run window, type WSReset.exe and click OK
  • If its confirmed that the issue is with photos app only then one can try resetting the Photos app database.
    • Open Run Window
    • Type:
      • %appdata%\..\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.Photos_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState
      • One can copy paste this into Run window and click OK to open this location in Windows Explorer.
      • Delete all the contents of that folder

So these were some of the methods to tackle Windows Store app issues in general and Photos app issue in particular. Hope it solves your Photos app issue.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 released–new features, things fixed, known issues

Today Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10565 for PC in the fast ring. Previous build 10525 was released almost a month back on 18th Sep. It has quite a few new things. Let us check What’s new, known issues and issues fixed in this build.

What’s new in Build 10565:

  • Skype messaging, calling and video integrated:  In this build one can preview the integrated capabilities of Skype messaging, calling and video.
  • Edge browser improvements:
    • Tab preview: Just hover mouse over the tab to see the preview.

Edge tab preview

    • Syncing feature: You can now sync your favorites and Reading list items. This feature still is getting refined so one may face some issues.
  • Cortana improvements:
    • Now Cortana can understand your inked notes - Setting reminders based on locations, times and numbers that she can understand from your digital annotations


    • Cortana can keep track of your leisure time, like movie and event reminders through your email confirmations

      • “Two hours prior to the event start time, you’ll get helpful information to be sure you know where to go and get there on time, including an option to book and track an Uber ride directly from Cortana.”
  • Vibrant Title bars: As the Windows Insiders wanted, with this build the title bars appear darker with full color intensity matching the rest of the theme. Enable ‘Show color on Start, Taskbar, Action Center, and Title bars’ from Settings > Personalization > Colors

Also it has been noticed that in this build the feature which was present in previous build 10547 where the modern app icons in taskbar used to adapt to accent color, this feature has been removed in this build.

  • Improved Start context menus: Start context menus improved including new icons for tile size adjustment.StartContextMenu
  • New set of icons: This build adds another batch of new icons for devices. Registry Editor too gets a new icon.regediticon10565
  • Device activation improved, accepts earlier OS Product keys: This is an important change. After getting lots of feedback from Insiders, Microsoft has made it easier to activate Windows 10 on devices that were upgraded from Genuine Windows 7, 8, 8.1.

“If you install this build of the Windows 10 Insider Preview on a PC and it doesn’t automatically activate, you can enter the product key from Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 used to activate the prior Windows version on the same device to activate Windows 10 by going to Settings > Update & security > Activation and selecting Change Product Key.

If you do a clean install of Windows 10 by booting off the media, you can also enter the product key from prior Windows versions on qualifying devices during setup.“

  • Last printer is default printer: A new mode introduced in this build will make your last printer as default printer. This change helps ensure the best printer is preselected in inbox print dialogs. Settings > Devices > Printer & Scanners to change this to the previous way Windows handled default printers defPrinter

The ability to set a default printer by network location has been removed.

Issues fixed in Build 10565:

  • No warning messages now in the Settings app > Update & Security > Windows Update regarding changed ring settings for preview builds unless you actually change your ring settings.
  • When apps like Groove minimized,background audio playback works.
  • Clicking on system icons in notification area used to result in Windows Shell blocking the launch of fly-outs like audio, networking is fixed.
  • Many of the context menus adjusted making them smaller to be used with mouse.
  • Can pin Contacts to Start menu from people app.
  • Some apps won’t appear twice when pinned to taskbar.
  • Hiding desktop icons via context menu on desktop now works. (refer this for the issue)
  • Automatic updating of Windows Store apps now works.

Know issue in Build 10565:

  • If in your locale Cortana is not supported then Search will not work. Microsoft to provide a workaround soon.
  • The Xbox app for Windows 10 will consume gigabytes of memory on your PC if you have any Win32 games (non -Windows Store games) installed on your PC that have been identified as games or added by you in the Xbox app. Closing the Xbox app will release your PC’s memory.
  • WebM and VP9 have been temporarily removed from the flight builds. VP9 to return in future builds.
  • Small form-factor devices, like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, that boot with rotation or virtual mode screen size set larger than the physical screen size will experience a bluescreen on upgrade and will roll back to the previous build.


UPDATE 19/10/2015 :

  • Microsoft has rolled out this build also to Slow Ring.
  • Microsoft has also published ISOs for build 10565 for Windows Insiders. So Insiders who would like to move to latest build through a clean install or like to validate using the new activation experience during setup can also try. (A bit about new activation posted above). Insiders can get the ISOs from here.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Add a Hindu Saka Calendar in Mail and Calendar app

With the latest update to Windows 10 Mail and Calendar app, apart from other new features, the app also added support for additional calendar types.

Alternate Calendars:

Open the Calendar app, From Settings > Calendar Settings > scroll down to Alternate Calendars.   It includes support for English, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Arabic, Persian, Thai, Korean, Hebrew and Hindi. And selecting any of these languages will provide options supporting these alternate calendars: Gregorian, Hijri, Umm al-Qura, Hebrew Lunar, Saka Era.


So to enable Hindu Saka Calendar in Hindi, first check the Alternate Calendars box. Then select Hindi and this will enable Saka Era. The month and the dates will be displayed along with the English month name and the dates. The month name will be displayed in Hindi.



Similarly one can choose other Alternate Calendar types too.


This Mail and Calendar app ver is17.6303.42251.0 running on Windows 10 Build 10547. So if you are running the Windows 10 RTM , please check if its available or not.