Tag Archives: Windows 10

Fix .NET Framework install error 0x800736b3 14003

Fix .NET Framework install error 0x800736b3 14003

In Windows 10, a number of users are trying to install .NET Framework 3.5 and facing an issue. While installing .NET 3.5 using DISM, it produces an error 14003 and gives some Microsoft-Windows-NetFx3-OnDemand-Package error 0x800736b3. Here is what you can do to avoid it.

Add Run to Start menu in Windows 10 RTM

Add Run to Start menu in Windows 10 RTM

Unlike the good old Start menu in Windows 7, the Start menu in Windows 10 does not come with any option to add the Run command. Many users prefer to have a clickable item to open the Run dialog. It can be useful especially for mouse and touchpad users who really miss the Run item in Windows 10's Start Menu. I already covered how it could be done in early Technical Preview builds of Windows 10. Here are updated instructions to add the Run command to the Start menu in Windows 10 RTM.

Enable the new Trident engine in Internet Explorer 12 on Windows 10

Enable the new Trident engine in Internet Explorer 12 on Windows 10

Internet Explorer 12 features a new updated Trident rendering engine which is present for now only in Windows 10. Even though the name, Trident is the same, it is more lightweight. The old rendering mode is also still included for backward compatibility. The new Trident mode is not active by default, instead IE automatically decides which engine it will use. If you want to try the brand new content rendering mode, here is how you can do it.

Open command prompt fullscreen in Windows 10

Open command prompt fullscreen in Windows 10

In previous versions of Windows, you had the ability to enter fullscreen mode for the command prompt. Windows XP was the last version where this worked. In Windows Vista, Microsoft removed the fullscreen mode leaving us with a small black window. Recently, I covered that in Windows 10, the command prompt has been improved significantly by adding lots of new features. Now, with build 9879 of Windows 10, Microsoft has restored the ability to go fullscreen for the command prompt. Let's see how.

Microsoft to block Classic Shell in Windows 10: here is why

Microsoft to block Classic Shell in Windows 10: here is why

If you read Winaero regularly, you might be familiar with the awesome Classic Shell application. It became famous thanks to an excellent Start menu implementation with several styles from classic Windows 95-like to modern Windows 7-like. Classic Shell also provides a number of very useful fixes to significantly improve Explorer's behavior and revive its must have features like customizable toolbars or status bar size. Users who have already installed Windows 10 Technical Preview 3 Build 9879 are facing a strange issue that Classic Shell cannot be installed. The operating system simply does not allow the installer to do its work!

Windows 10 features new text to speech voices for Narrator and Cortana

Windows 10 features new text to speech voices for Narrator and Cortana

New versions of Windows often add new text-to-speech voices. Windows Vista added Anna which was retained up to Windows 7. Windows 8 also had new voices, David, Zira and Hazel. Windows 10 features a set of additional voices in Technical Preview. In the current build 9879 of Windows 10, enthusiasts have discovered the following new voices in the US English version : Microsoft Mark Mobile and Microsoft Eva Mobile, and a special test voice designed for Cortana. The older Windows 8 voices are also present. It is possible to unlock the "Eva" voice and check it out if you're interested. Here is how.

Get free disk space back after upgrading to Windows 10

Get free disk space back after upgrading to Windows 10

If you installed Windows 10 over a previous Windows version like Windows 8 or Windows 7, you might have noticed that free disk space on your disk drive was considerably reduced. This is nothing new. For modern versions of Windows it is the default behavior. When you do an in-place upgrade from a previous version of Windows, setup saves a lot of files from the earlier installed OS during the upgrade and fills your hard drive with files that you might never need again if your upgrade is successful. The reason setup saves these files is so that if something goes wrong during setup, it can safely rollback to the earlier version of Windows. However, if your upgrade was successful and you've got everything working perfectly, then there's no need to keep these files. You can reclaim all the wasted disk space by following these simple instructions.

Windows 10 adds system compression to Disk cleanup

Windows 10 adds system compression to Disk cleanup

Disk Cleanup is an essential Windows system tool which allows you to delete various unnecessary files created by the OS to save space on your disk drive. By default, it works in a simpler mode which allows you to delete only the files related to your current user account. You can switch it to the extended mode, which allows you to delete more unused files such as the ones used by Windows Updates, or service packs and so on. In Windows 10, the extended mode was updated to add one more feature. Now it provides a System compression option. Let's explore what it is about.

Enable hidden secret Search box in Windows 10 build 9879

Enable hidden secret Search box in Windows 10 build 9879

The latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879 allows you to turn the search icon in the taskbar into a search box. This feature is disabled by default, but here is how you can unlock it and get an idea of what is planned for future builds of Windows 10. The search box in the Taskbar is a nice idea. In fact, with Windows Search for XP, you had a similar search box in the taskbar. Read the rest of the article to learn how to switch between the search icon and the search box in the taskbar on Windows 10.