mail image

 

The release of Windows 10 has generated quite a buzz among Windows users and industry professionals, much to the satisfaction of Microsoft. However, despite the phenomenal reception, it’s not all fanfares and praises. A significant percentage of users have reported various issues regarding Windows 10, mainly related to the upgrade and installation process. Others have complained about the prolonged startup process, and various bugs found here and there. That’s not to say that Windows is not a success. It is, but it seems that it’s still going through some growing pains.

 

One of those stumbling blocks seems to be Windows 10 Store and the performance of some of its apps, namely Mail, Calendar and People apps. The majority of users reported that these apps are unresponsive in Windows 10. Even if they did somehow manage to get them to start, they would become unresponsive and shut down after a short while.

 

Fortunately, Microsoft is very aware of this setback and has officially addressed the issue that lies within the licensing of the new Windows 10 Store. They have provided a solution for it and luckily, it’s not all that complicated. If you want your Mail, Calendar and People apps to work, follow the instructions below:

 

  1. In the Start Menu, locate Powershell and then right-click on it in order to select the option to Run as Administrator, otherwise you won’t have the necessary privileges to perform the following actions.

 

  1. The next step involves entering a code in Powershell. You don’t have to worry about it crashing your system, because it comes directly from Microsoft. Again, make sure that you run Powershell as an admin, otherwise the app will return an error.

 

  1. Paste the following code in Powershell:

Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*windowscommunicationsapps*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

 

It may seem at first like Powershell isn’t reacting to the command you entered, but be patient, as it is doing its job.

 

Once you’ve checked that off the list, all you have to do is visit the Windows 10 Store, and reinstall Mail, People and Calendar apps. Of course, you will have to restart your computer in order for these changes to take effect.

 

Once you have your system up and running again, you will be able to run the aforementioned applications.

 

One last piece of advice relevant to this problem: make sure you access the old Windows Store, which sports a green title, and not the new Store, whose title is written in gray, which indicates a Beta version.

 

Windows 10 ticks nearly all of the right boxes, but it still has some kinks to work out. The good thing is, Microsoft is addressing these issues fairly quickly. It seems as if the majority of operating systems, apps, and even hardware nowadays are being released quickly and then improved along the way, which may prove to be a bit frustrating for the users.