How to enable the new People app in Windows 10 build 10061

The recently released Windows 10 build 10061 features an updated People app. Out-of-the-box, this application does not work and crashes, however, with by editing a file, it is possible to get this app working. Here is how it can be done.
To get the updated People app working in Windows 10 build 10061, do the following:

  1. Open the People app and close it.
  2. Open File Explorer
  3. Enable hidden items to be shown. Refer to the following article for more details: How to hide files quickly. That article contains all the necessary information about hidden files.
  4. Type the following text in the address bar of File Fxplorer

    Press the Enter key.

  5. Open the contacts.txt file with Notepad and remove all the content between the first line and the END_OF_FILE file. Your file might look like this:
  6. Start the People app. It should work now.

Note that the People app is still buggy and not intended for daily use. It just shows the way Microsoft is moving ahead (via).

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

10 thoughts on “How to enable the new People app in Windows 10 build 10061”

  1. This doesn’t fix the People app in my Win 10 Build 10074. The contacts.txt file was in the specified folder, I then created it, ran People and it deleted the text file. So I’m nowhere. I suppose I’ll have to wait for the next build

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