Tag Archives: Windows 10

Instagram for Windows 10 is finally getting a live tile

Instagram for Windows 10 is finally getting a live tile

Instagram for Windows Phone was always one of the reasons for users to complain about the platform. At first, there wasn't an official client at all, but some good 3rd party alternatives were created by independent developers. Then there was a version for Windows Phone 8.1 which was updated just a few times and always lacked some features compared to variants for other platforms. Instagram then announced that they were bringing the full Instagram experience to Windows 10, including both Mobile and PC apps. These apps are still being updated. Instagram has started to close some feature gaps. They are adding a Live Tile for Instagram, a feature unique to the Windows platform.

Microsoft may reveal more about third party VR plans at WinHEC

Microsoft may reveal more about third party VR plans at WinHEC

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its plans to bring Windows Holographic to 3rd party hardware from partners. This includes not only VR-ready PCs from Windows OEMs, but also head-mounted displays (HDMs): the company is actively working on HDM specifications in collaboration with Intel. The goal of this project is to create a new hardware category for consumers allowing almost everyone to get into the world of Virtual Reality without spending large amounts of money on buying a compatible device.

Windows DVD Player gets a major update on Windows Insider Fast Ring

Windows DVD Player gets a major update on Windows Insider Fast Ring

When Microsoft shipped the original version of Windows 10 to the market in July 2015, there was a lot of talk about the separate Windows DVD Player app which was going to be sold in the Windows Store for $14.99. Most user reviews says the app is too basic for the amount of money they're charging and lacks many features that other DVD software includes for free. Microsoft hadn't done anything to the app lately so it was considered abandoned. However, last week Microsoft released a major update for the Windows DVD Player which includes some playback tweaks and improvements to the overall user experience.

Centennial apps bug causing Windows 10 to crash is now fixed by recent update

Centennial apps bug causing Windows 10 to crash is now fixed by recent update

With Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft finally allowed developers to "convert" their classic Win32 apps to be distributed via Windows Store. A special tool called 'Project Centennial' or 'Desktop Bridge' allows packing classic Desktop apps into the *.appx format used by UWP. It also gives them the ability to use new APIs which were exclusively available to UWP apps only. However, there was a critical bug causing lots of computers to crash when using converted apps which now appears to be fixed with the latest update for Windows 10 version 1607.

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!