Saturday, April 09, 2016

Active Hours: Prevent Windows restart for installing updates when you are using the device

There are lots of feedback from Windows10 users that Windows restarted automatically after updates were downloaded and they were cut off from what they were doing as Windows restarted. Or it restarted and installed a new version of Windows.

Active Hours:

But now Windows has provided a feature Active Hours that will prevent this. This will make Windows restart less annoying and the user will have his say when to restart. Although now also Windows provides an option when to restart or Restart Now option but with Active Hours, more control for users is provided.

By default updates are downloaded and installed automatically and Active Hours actually do not change that behavior but they add an additional option which ensures the user is not disturbed by reboot while using the system.

This option is provided in the latest Windows Insider Preview Build 14316 and will be part of Windows Anniversary updates for general user which will be available later this year.

To access Active Hours,

Settings  >  Update and Security > Windows Update > Change Active Hours


Clicking on it provides option to set the timings when you are working on the system and do not want Windows to reboot.

“Active Hours lets us know when you usually use this device. When a restart is necessary to finish installing an update, we won’t automatically restart your device during active hours.”


So set the timings and Save.

Apart from that, in case you finished your work and now wants to Restart to finish the update process, there’s another option ‘Restart options’ just below Change Active Hours.


This option allows you to temporarily override active hours and schedule a custom time to finish installing this update. Make sure your device is plugged in at the scheduled time.

So with Active Hours, a user will have better control over Restarts for finishing the update process.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Microsoft Press free ebook : Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms

The third and final version of the Microsoft Press ebook -

Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms: Cross-platform C# programming for iOS, Android, and Windows by the legendary author Charles Petzold is now available for download.


Download PDF  (~56 MB PDF)

EPUB and MOBI versions will be made available in the future.

This is the third version of the ebook about writing applications with Xamarin.Forms, the mobile development platform for iOS, Android, and Windows unveiled by Xamarin in May 2014. (The first two versions of this book were Preview Editions.) The two previous versions of this book were called Preview Editions because they were not complete. At 1200 pages, this is the first edition that can claim to be complete, even though several topics are not included and Xamarin.Forms continues to be progressively enhanced with no sign of slowing down.

This book is for C# programmers who want to write applications using a single code base that targets the three most popular mobile platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows, encompassing the Universal Windows Platform and Windows Phone.
Xamarin.Forms also has applicability for those programmers who eventually want to use C# and the Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android libraries to target the native application programming interfaces (APIs) of these platforms. Xamarin.Forms can be a big help in getting programmers started with these platforms or in constructing a prototype or proof-of-concept application.
This book assumes that you know C# and are familiar with the use of the .NET Framework.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Watch Microsoft Build 2016 Live Streaming here

Just a day to go for Build 2016 to start. Build 2016 is being held from Mar 30 – Apr 1 at the The Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA .


If you want to watch the MS Build 2016 Live Streaming, join here.

For more information on Build 2016, check here. You can also add a reminder to your calendar to make sure you don't miss the live stream.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

BLU Win Jr LTE may get Windows 10 mobile upgrade

There’s still some hope for BLU Win Jr LTE Windows Phone users to get Windows 10 Mobile upgrade!!

BLU Win Jr LTE was not listed in the supported phones list for Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview. After Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade last week, this Phone from BLU was not listed in the list of supported Windows Phone that can be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile.


But why this particular phone is discussed about is because this phone is being made available from the Microsoft official stores and was being advertised as Upgradable to Windows 10 Mobile when available. Though the other Windows Phones from BLU; BLU Win HD w510u and BLU Win HD LTE x150q are listed which can be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile. (But it seems these too are on hold for the time being)

After the BLU Win Jr LTE users raised quite a noise being denied of the upgrade, though Microsoft has not officially announced it. But when ‘Upgradable to Windows 10’ was quietly removed from the BLU Win Jr description, it further annoyed the users as they felt cheated. But as said Microsoft has not said any thing officially of not supporting the upgrade. As expected, Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade Advisor app. when run on the BLU Win Jr LTE says “Your Phone is not supported for the upgrade to Windows 10”

There’s is still hope!

But the users of BLU Win Jr LTE, still there’s some hope. In one of the threads in the Answers Forum where I’m having the discussion with fellow Phone users, one of the user Kanishk Singh Raghav  in his correspondence with BLU has received reply that

“Unfortunately the release for this device has been delayed. Our Software Engineers are working with Microsoft to ensure that the new software update is stable for your device. We apologize for the long wait and appreciate your patience....”


When further queried about the date of availability of the update , BLU promptly replied:

At this point in time there is no estimate time of release for the new update as our engineers want to ensure that the update is stable for your device. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may have caused.


(Mail correspondence screenshots courtesy: Kanishk Singh Raghav )

Which BLU Win Jr device will support the upgrade:

But point to note here is that the model of BLU Win Jr LTE sold in India is with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal memory (BLU Win Jr LTE X130e). So this version will support the Windows 10 upgrade.

While models made available in US , Canada were of 512 MB RAM and 4 GB internal memory. (BLU Win Jr LTE X130q) will not get the upgrade. While the BLU Win Jr made first available will also not get the upgrade.

BLU Win Jr LTE X130e : Update pending

BLU Win Jr LTE X130q : Update not available

BLU Win Jr : Update not available

So there’s some hope for the Indian buyers of the BLU Win Jr LTE phones as they come with 8GB of internal storage and 1 GB RAM. Also to note, there’s no official communication from Microsoft  . Let us wait and see how soon we can get this upgrade, if one is getting!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

[Workaround] Hyper-V loosing networking connectivity after upgrading to Build 14267

Microsoft has issued workarounds for those users facing issue when upgraded to Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14267.


Issue of Hyper-V networking connectivity lost on upgrade:

The issue is of those users using Hyper-V and upgrade to the Build 14267 with more than one switch or have multiple virtual networking adapters may lose networking connectivity.


Microsoft has provided two workarounds for this issue:

  • Remove all the virtual network adapters connected to the vswitch, delete the vswitch and recreate it, then reconnect their virtual NIC to the new vswitch.
  • At admin command prompt, do “netcfg -d” it will wipe-out all the vswitch settings so that you can start from scratch.

So those users upgrading to Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14267 and facing this issue can try these workarounds till the issue gets fixed in future.

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.