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.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Windows 10 Build 10547 right click on desktop disabled

Some of the Windows insiders who have installed the latest Windows 10 for PC build 10547 are facing this issue of right click on desktop being disabled.

The Issue in Build 10547: Some users of Build 10547 are facing the issue of right click on desktop not working or disabled. So when they right click on desktop nothing happens and the context menu doesn’t appear.


This issue is now a known bug. But till Microsoft issues a fix or corrects it in next build, here’s the workaround.

Workaround: Those users who hide their desktop icons by unchecking the option ‘Show desktop icons’ are facing this issue. Once they hide the desktop icons, this issue is seen and the right click on desktop gets disabled. Actually before upgrading to build 10547, if on the previous build  ‘Show desktop icons’ was unchecked, after the upgrade to 10547, the bug kicks in automatically.

So as a workaround access the desktop context menu with keyboard shortcut instead of right click. For this, press Shift F10 . Once you get the menu , Check ‘Show desktop icons’ and the right click gets enabled. If even after Shift F10, context menu doesn’t appear or if any other menu appears like if the media player is playing , the focus may be on media player. But if even after closing the media player, nothing happens then restart the system and try the Shift F10 again and it should work now.

I was having this issue and could restore right click with this workaround. Once you do this, do not hide the desktop icons , else again the issue appears. Hope Microsoft will correct this issue in the next build.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Enable Windows Spotlight in Windows 10 Build 10547

If you are a Windows Insider and have installed the latest Windows 10 Build 10547, then you are getting the Windows Spotlight feature .

Windows Spotlight is the lockscreen enhancement and was announced at Build few months back. This was though provided on Windows 10 Home edition but was not on Pro version. So now its on Pro version though on Insider Build 10547. Hope to see it on Windows regular build too.

Windows Spotlight provides you with a new image to your lockscreen. It also has rating button to learn you like the image or not. The Spotlight images I’m getting on my lockscreen are really stunning.


To enable this Windows Spotlight feature , go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen > Background


If you haven’t yet set this option, give it a try to have stunningly beautiful lockscreen images.

Location of Windows Spotlight images:

Here is a small tip as some users asked, can the Spotlight images be saved?

One can’t directly save these images but Windows keeps these images here at :

C:\Users\<your name>\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\LocalState\Assets

replace username with <yourname> and going to this location one can see such files as shown below


Copy the files to other location and rename with .jpg extension and you can get to see the images. Don’t move or delete the original files.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Show more Tiles option to add 4th column on Start menu in Windows 10

Here’s a small tip about a new feature introduced in Windows 10 Build 10547. The default for tile groups on Start menu is 3 columns of medium sized tiles. But Windows 10 users wanted to have a 4th column as well, by doing so they could have 2 wide or large sized tiles or 4 medium sized tiles side by side in a group. Listening to the users feedback, Microsoft has added this option and has introduced in the Build 10547 released to Windows Insiders. This was one of the most requested feature.

At present one can have 3 columns of medium sized tiles side by side in a group


The new option to add more tiles can be accessed from

Settings > Personalization > Start

and enable “Show more tiles” by switching it to On.


Now you can see some more space added in Start menu.


Now you can add that extra tile for the 4th column so that one can now have 2 wide or large sized tiles or 4 medium sized tiles side by side in a group as can be seen in the below pic.


Also another feature added is now Windows supports up to 2048 tiles on Start. Earlier it was limited to 512 tiles. Hope this small tip helps.

Hoping Microsoft also brings this feature to all users, as at present only available to Insiders on build 10547

Monday, September 14, 2015

Microsoft wishes 8-bit day with an Easter egg

13th Sep is celebrated as 8-bit day which this year marks the 30 years of Super Mario Bros. Microsoft too celebrated and wished Happy 8-bit day with a nice Easter egg.

Here are the details how to crack this Easter egg:

↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A

that is up, up, down,down, left, right, left, right , b,a  (this is the Konami code which was the famous cheat code appearing in many Konami video games) I think it works only on US version, so use the above link only.

  • and you can see a pixelated version of Ninja Cat riding a T-rex across the screen at bottom and it will be dropping coins.



  • And you’ll also see pixelated  ‘Insert coin to play’ . Just drag one of the coin to the slot and the user will be greeted with a message from Microsoft ‘Microsoft.com wishes you a Happy 8-bit day!’


Its very nice Easter egg, give it a try. This Ninja Cat has become very popular after Microsoft started using this as a sticker. Recently similar T-Rex GIF animation Easter egg was seen in Skype too.

EDIT: Microsoft sent invites to its Windows 10 devices event which had some binary codes on the image. On cracking this, Microsoft links to a webpage with a new ninja cat wallpaper  http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/windows10devices/


Go to the above link to get the full sized wallpaper.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Repairs for Cortana not working in Windows 10 Build 10532

Some Windows Insiders who upgraded to Windows 10 Build 10532 are having issues with Cortana. Cortana was working fine in previous build 10525 but after upgrade to 10532, it has stopped responding. Cortana just sits in ‘Listening...’ mode. I too was facing the same issue but after trying the following method as suggested by Microsoft Support Engineer in Answers, Cortana has started working and is responding now.

So those facing similar issue in build 10532, can try the following methods and see if it helps:

Run DISM command:

  • Press Winkey +X or right click on Start
  • Select Command Prompt (Admin) to open Admin command prompt
  • type the following commands and press enter to execute
    • dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /scanhealth
    • dism.exe /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
      • these commands may take some time to finish executing,

Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) is a new command line tool that you can use to service a Windows image or prepare a Windows PE image. The DISM tool replaces the Package Manager (pkgmgr.exe), PEimg, and Intlcfg tools. DISM consolidates the functionality found in those three tools, as well as delivers new functionality to improve the experience of offline servicing.

After these commands finish executing, now try Cortana and see if it starts responding. If issue is still present then try the following Power shell Commands.

Using PowerShell commands:

  • Type Windows PowerShell in the search bar
  • From the search results, right click on the Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator.
  • Now type the following Commands and execute

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Now check if Cortana is working or not, if required restart the system and check. For me the Cortana started responding after the 1st method itself. Hope these methods will solve this Cortana issue for you too.

In other related news, if you are from Japan, Australia, Canada or India, check your region settings and change accordingly if you have set it to US. As Cortana will be made available to these region starting from Build 10532. But for India, at the moment Cortana not yet available and responds to ‘Hey Cortana’ as “I Can’t connect at the moment, try again in a little bit’ . Hoping to see it soon updated for India.

Monday, August 31, 2015

FIX: Workaround for “Server Stumbled” issue with Windows 10 Store, error code 0x80072EFD

Store Quality team of Microsoft has posted a workaround for the “Server Stumbled” issue with the error code 0x80072EFD.

There were many reports of Windows 10 users facing this issue of “Server Stumbled” with error code 0x80072EFD . This error manifests in Network connectivity issues from the Client to the Store Services. A workaround is made available as listed below to tackle this:

  • Using an administrator account on the affected machine, open the registry editor and navigate to the following key 


  • After navigating to the said key, do this:
    • Right click on Profiles key and go to Permissions
    • Click Advanced
    • Check the ‘Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object’
    • Apply


  • Restart the machine
  • Try connecting the Store again and you will not see the Error 0x80072EFD(Source:Answers)