Sunday, July 05, 2015

[Tip] Windows 10 : How to quickly go to apps on the All Apps list

As the Windows 10 Final release date nears, Microsoft is fine tuning its builds and providing it for Windows Insiders for feedback. Many of the Insiders had complained that those having many apps find it tedious to scroll through to their wanted app in the All Apps list in Windows 10.

Microsoft has done lots of UX improvements in the recent Windows 10 Preview builds and one of them is addressing this issue.

Now if you want to go to a particular app quickly, say Weather app, you don’t have to scroll down all the way to W. Now to access it quickly, just click on All Apps and click on any of the Letter in all Apps


and it’ll provide the Alphabets list and click on W for Weather app and it’ll take you directly to all apps under that letter.


Hope this small tip helps you.

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


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


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:


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

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!’


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