Category Archives: Windows 10

Windows 10 Creator’s Edition Fall Update

If you are thinking (should you have the option that is) of letting your pc get the fall update for Windows 10 Creator’s edition, then try to delay it. At any rate, before you let it update your computer I would recommend taking a screenshot or photo of the start menu and taskbar first. Why? Because if it happens as it did on my pc, a large number of previously installed apps will disappear. And in my case, I really cannot remember what they were.

One noticeable app that has gone is MSN News. Not a game changer, but strange since it is a Microsoft app. So I added it back in using the store and it is still missing.

The taskbar link to OneNote also reverted to the free version that comes with Windows so I had to remove this and add my own back in again.

I am really unsure what else has gone missing. I guess time will tell as I discover other apps no longer there. I so wish I had a photo of the start screen.

Cloze – Email but with so much more

I have tried Cloze on a number of occasions and each time I have found it better than before. There are many things it doesn’t do, but what it does do is amazing.

What I have found great is that it works across all platforms, so I can use it on my Chromebook, my PC and as an app on my Android phone and tablet.

It doesn’t notify on received emails, you still need your regular email app for this, but the way it brings everything together is great.

You can have a two week free trial with all the features in place, it then reverts to a limited free version but is still amazingly useful. I would thoroughly recommend you give it a try.

Microsoft To Do

I have just installed the new todo app from Microsoft. It looks promising but time will tell. It is a quite basic but has some interesting twists. I would recommend that you give it a try.

I also use Asana which is very comprehensive, but it does take a while to start up which To Do doesn’t seem to, at least with only a few entries. On the other side, To Do is an app and is available for PCs, Macs, Android, iOS. There is also an online version which you can use to access from any device without the app.

I think that To Do might offer a useful quick way to record things that need doing, and the option to add tasks quickly to “Today” looks interesting as a way to get things organised. Time will tell I am sure.

Just A Catchup

It’s been a while since I posted here, we have been so busy with projects. The new TIM (working title) project is nearing completion. We keep adding features but have decided that now is the time to stop and get it finally ready for release this summer.

A new project Total Recall (working title) is also nearing completion and will be released around the same time.

You can read more about these projects in my website.

Windows 10 Mail

I’ve mentioned before how I was disappointed by many of the features in Mail on Windows 10. Today I decided to take another look and was pleasantly surprised to find many of my dislikes had been addressed.

  • You can now turn off “threaded view” where it lumps together all emails with the same Subject
  • You can see how many unread emails you have in each account.

So I decided to set it up again to try it out. All went well at first until I added the sixth email account (yes I know, I’m greedy). Then, after around 20 minutes it stopped working. Click on the icon, Mail opens. Wait 3 or 4 seconds and it closes again. I tried numerous “fixes” from Microsoft and none have worked so it’s back to the excellent Mozilla Thunderbird.

To be honest, Thunderbird is a far superior product, but more unwieldy and it requires a certain amount of knowledge to get the most from it. It would have been nice to report that Microsoft Windows 10 Mail was now a worthy alternative – perhaps for many it might be.

Google Chrome Slowing Down after Windows 10 Upgrade

I had begun to think that I was imagining things with Chrome but it definitely seemed to be slowing down. When I upgraded to Windows 10 it seemed to become even slower. On searching the web, I found this possible solution – it seems to have made life better on my PC so I would love to hear if it works for you.

  1. Open Chrome and click on the menu button (top right of screen)
  2. Click on settings and then scroll down to  Show Advanced Settings and click on it.
  3. Scroll down to the System section and then turn off the Use hardware acceleration where available (so there is no tick).
  4. Close Chrome and restart it.

It made a difference for me, do let me know if makes a difference for you.

Another fix suggested is to check that the extension to phone via skype is either disabled or deleted – unless you wish to use this feature of course.

Windows 10 upgrade and Outlook 2013

Although I personally have had no issues with Windows 10, a number of people have experienced a problem with Outlook 2013 after upgrading to Windows 10. For those people, a perfectly behaving Outlook 2013 suddenly stopped sending emails. It would still receive them, but any attempt to send emails resulted in an error message 0x800CCC13 Cannnot connect to the network.

After searching for some time on the internet, a solution was found as follows:

  1. Click on Start and then All Apps
  2. Scroll to find Windows PowerShell and click on it.
  3. Right click on the Windows PowerShell that opens and choose Run as administrator. You will be asked if it’s ok to run it.
  4. After a few seconds a screen will appear and the text
    Windows PowerShell
    Copyright (C) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32>
    will appear – this can take a few seconds so be patient.
  5. Type in sfc /scannow
    and press enter (Note there is a space after sfc)
  6. It will start a scan that can take many minutes to complete but when it finishes it will hopefully show that it found some corrupted data and fixed them.
  7. Try Outlook and it should be ok. A restart of the PC might be required but most often not.

I hope this is of some interest and help to you.