[Fix] Windows 10 system icons greyed out in settings app

Windows 10 comes with a revamped settings app, which is based on modern UWP platform. As I believe, this system is not fully 100 percent bugs free. Sometimes we encounter bugs and we discuss here is one of them.
You may have noticed that sometimes the tray icons are missing from the taskbar. On going to Settings app>System>System icons, you may notice that the switches are greyed out as shown here:

Fix

To fix this bug, we need to modify and delete some system registry keys. Here are the steps:
  • Press Windows key+R and type in regedit to open registry editor.
  • Navigate to the following Regsitry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify

  • Now you need to delete 2 keys named IconStreams and PastIconStreams named registry DWORDs on the right pane. In my case it is showing only one though. Right click the key one by one and select delete.
  • Restart your computer and icons would be back.

Microsoft might be working on a cloud edition of Windows 10

Windows 10 has many editions and Microsoft is also expanding it as the time has progressed. Now Microsoft is reportedly working on Windows cloud. Twitter user @h0x0d posted about the same that in Windows development kit build 15003, Windows cloud Edition has a reference.
Picture credits @h0x0d

By Cloud, many meanings can be derived. One can be that the entire windows runs on cloud and only the necessary files are downloaded(It was in the cards some years ago) or like Windows RT-where all the apps can be downloaded from the store.
The chances of second one or a similar to second one is prominent as Microsoft currently is working more on UWP apps although they are not yet fully reliable. Moreover, Microsoft with this move might be trying to compete with Chromebooks which work on a similar note.
More to follow with the creators update..


[Change log updated] New cumulative update for Insiders on release preview ring now available

[Change log updated] New cumulative update for Insiders on release preview ring now available

It is nearly the end of the month and Microsoft is back to business for its patch Tuesday. Microsoft has recently released a cumulative update for Insiders on release preview ring which is expected to go live for production on patch Tuesday.
The KB number of the update is KB3216755. More information can be found here:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3216755
The build number jumps to 14393.726 with this update.

Download the update

 As usual the update is available via windows update and the if required, you can also download directly. Here are the links:

Changelog

  • Addressed known issue called out in KB3213986—Users may experience delays while running 3D rendering apps with multiple monitors.
  • Addressed issue that prevents the conversion of a 24-bit image to 32 bits.
  • Addressed issue that causes the loss of Windows Firewall rules after upgrade from RTM to 1511 or 1607.
  • Addressed issue that causes a file download from a webpage to fail in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge browsers. 
  • Addressed issue that prevents the use of the Delete Browsing History feature in Internet Explorer.
  • Addressed issue that loads websites that bypass the proxy server in the local intranet zone when the Intranet Sites: Include all sites that bypass the proxy server (Disabled) is set. 
  • Addressed issue where an XSS false positive prevents a webpage from loading after logging in to a site.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from connecting to a network
  • Addressed issue that causes the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) to fail if Active Directory Federated Systems is using the Japanese language set
  • Addressed issue that causes System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) scenarios to fail 
  • Addressed issue that prevents user-built keyboard events from working. 
  • Addressed issue that causes incorrect tabledimensions in SAP® applications
  • Addressed issue that overwrites a <br>element when users select a line that is enclosed by a <span> element.
  • Improved reliability of Internet Explorer, Xbox, and Skype
  • Addressed additional issues with Bluetooth, Internet Explorer, engaged reboot, clustering, Internet Explorer, Japanese Input Method Editor (IME), Windows Shell. Networking, storage, fonts, Xbox, encryption, Group Policy, Point and Print, wireless networking, virtual disk, disk operations, multimedia, Work Folders, encryption, enterprise security, deduplication, domain controllers, Audit File System, Debug Memory Manager, Virtual Machine Management Service (VMMS), Remote Desktop, Task Scheduler, Microphone Wizard, .NET, font cache, system boot, and Surface Studio
Windows 10 version 1507 aka RTM to stop getting updates after March 26

Windows 10 version 1507 aka RTM to stop getting updates after March 26

Windows 10 is based on Windows as a service where the OS is continually developed and serviced. Each new version is released after every 6 months around with new features.
The earlier policy of Microsoft was to Introduce a service Pack-as in case of Windows 7 after some years and after 1 or 2 service packs, the OS was dumped. This was not the case for Windows 10 as each service model wasn't called a service pack-it was called a feature upgrade.
The first model of Windows 10 was called version 1507, released in July 2015. After that two feature upgrades have been released for the OS widely called the November update(1511, November 2015) and Anniversary update(August 2016).
Microsoft life cycle fact sheet states that the July 2015 release of Windows 10 expires in 2025:
Windows 10, released in July 2015** N/A October 13, 2020 October 14, 2025

But Microsoft disagrees for the same-as recently they said that version 1507 would not receive any security updates as accordingly the 18 month policy for Service pack release. Now, Microsoft plans to service only 2 feature upgrades at a time for the current branch and current branch for business.
A new 60 day grace period would be given to upgrade your systems to the next stable upgrade. For version 1507, the grace period starts on January 26 2017 so that the users must upgrade your systems by 26 March 2017.

Version 1511 to be next to go out

According to this 60 day policy, as soon as a new service upgrade is available the 2nd old feature upgrade expires after 60 days. So when creator's update is released, Version 1511 would no longer be serviced after 60 days of release.

What are my options?

The best option-if you are running 1511 or 1507 is to immediately upgrade to Anniversary update called version 1607.Here are the steps if you want to upgrade:
Upgrade to Windows 10 Anniversary update manually if you are having troubles with Windows update
If you are holding up due to bugs in the Anniversary update, you can try Installing it again and run Windows update as soon as you get to the desktop. Lots of bugs have been fixed after the initial release.
Sometimes major bugs are also fixed by doing a repair Install and resetting PC as well.

Microsoft to extend one windows to a common shell for Hololens, Xbox and PC

Microsoft to extend one windows to a common shell for Hololens, Xbox and PC

Windows 10, reportedly the last operating system of Microsoft is capable to run on wide variety of devices like Xbox, Hololens, PC and mobile. Although the features are different for every device it runs-If we concern UI part, but still each device OS has a lot of shared Elements-the most prominent ones being OneCore and Universal Windows platform.
A new report from Windows central says that Microsoft is making Windows shell the next universal element of Windows 10.Windows Shell is the collection of UI elements that let Windows users run apps and manage the operating system. On Windows 10, the desktop elements constitute Taskbar, Icons etc for example. Windows shell primarily is used by desktop and tablets while other devices like Hololens use a different shell. Microsoft plans to combine all these using a single shell.
Windows 10 ecosystem

According to the report, the Software giant is working on a new shell called Composable shell that can scales down itself on different UIs and desktops. On Windows 10 Mobile devices, this will lead to Continuum improvements with a UI that resembles the classic Windows 10 desktop. In Microsoft's conference called Ignite 2016, Microsoft gave a hint of the same.
The Composable Shell reportedly will be shown first with one or two feature upgrades in future, for Mobile and subsequently on desktop and Laptop. So we shouldn't expect it in Creator's update due this year. This is a welcome change-as the UI's would resemble be it Laptop or desktop when this feature arrives,
More to follow.,..
Windows 10 build 15007 introduces Game mode, still in early stages

Windows 10 build 15007 introduces Game mode, still in early stages

Microsoft is working to release Creator's update in early months this year. Past 2 builds i.e. 15007 and 15002 introduce a new lots of features, and probabably a bunch of them which are present but not mentioned in the changelog. On of them is Game mode for the OS, which was not in the logs, but actually is present inside the build.
Game mode, essentially is a great feature that prioritizes certain processes by allocating resources to them and transforming some processes in standby mode to maximize game performance.
A screenshot from @tfwboredom discovers the same that game mode can be started from Game DVR screen.For the moment, this feature is clearly still in beta, so It should probably be refined before going live in creatro

A blog on Xbox blog also explains about this feature in detail. In short, this was said;
“Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter. Our vision is for Game Mode to optimize your Windows 10 PC for increased performance in gaming. This is a big update for Windows; we’re looking forward to Insiders getting their hands on this new feature for further testing, and we’ll have much more to share on what it is and how it works soon, so stayed tuned.”

Let us see what  the new builds would bring.
[January updates] New cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

[January updates] New cumulative updates for Windows 10 now available

The first updates of 2017 for stable builds of Windows 10 are now available and it brings a lot of changes. We would discuss all of them here:

Version 1607

The cumulative update for Windows 10 KB3213986 brings the build number to 14393.693. A restart is required and the following are the changes:
  • Improved the reliability of Groove Music playback in the background, App-V, video playback and Remote Desktop.
  • Addressed issue where after successful fingerprint authentication on a device with the screen off, the screen does not turn back on.
  • Addressed issue where only one input device works when you connect two similar input devices to the same machine.
  • Addressed issue in the App-V Connection Group that allows users to have access to pieces of functionality that they were not designated to for access.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from selecting multiple certificates simultaneously through the UI.
  • Addressed issue where the Request Control function does not work with Remote Assistance if the user being assisted is on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012.
  • Addressed issue that prevents a smart card module from pairing with a contactless smart card reader.
  • Addressed issue with license conversion of Server Core from evaluation version to a retail version.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from opening Internet shortcut (.URL) files with Internet Explorer when Enhanced Protected Mode is enabled.
  • Addressed issue that prevents users from logging on if a device has been away from the corporate network over a period of time.
  • Addressed additional issues with Microsoft Edge, clustering, Internet Explorer, Windows Update, input devices, facial recognition, Logon, Hyper-V, PCI bus drivers and Windows Kernel.
Known Issues:
  • The Cluster Service may not start automatically on the first reboot after applying the update.
  • Users may experience delayed or clipped screens while running 3D rendering apps (such as games) on systems with more than one monitor.

Microsoft Update Catalog website can be used to download this update.

Version 1507

KB3210720 is the cumulative update released that jumps build number to 10240.17236 .This update includes quality improvements. Key changes include:
  • Addressed security issues related to Microsoft Edge.
Microsoft Update Catalog can be used to download this update.

First look of Microsoft's next windows design out

Microsoft's Windows 10 is based on Windows as a service, where the OS is continually developed and new features are introduced. Microsoft currently is developing the OS from Redstone Branch. Redstone 1 is stable, which is released to public-Redstone 2 is currently in development. Microsoft has some large design plans for Windows and project NEON is one of them.
For those who don't know, project NEON focuses on more animations, simplicity and consistency. A new component called "Acrylic" is being introduced, as essentially blur in background, sidebar and Navigation of the app.

Here is an another example of Mail and calender app with a similar design:

Microsoft with project NEON is expected to increase more transparency as well. As this is too early, Microsoft may introduce more changes and remove one. Project NEON is expected to come with redstone 3, which would come into action after creator's update arrives. 




New cumulative update for Windows 10 v1607 on release preview rings, fast ring build expected soon

As usual, the first patch Tuesday of 2017 is near, so Microsoft employees are back to business. They were off for holidays(as usual everyone loves) but the team is picking up the pace slowly.
Microsoft has released KB3209835, specifically aimed at version 1607 and release preview ring. The build number jumps from 14393.477 to 14393.594. No changelog is live yet, and we expect it to go public on patch Tuesday. Meanwhile, readers can go through the following links to get the setup file in CAB format:

Download

  1. KB3209835 for 64 bit.
  2. KB3209835 for 32 bit.
We would be updating this article, as soon as there are announced.

Whereas, the fast ring builds are also stopped lately. We expect a build soon with more new features as Microsoft has reportedly said that they want to feature complete RS2 by the end of January.



Windows 10 edges towards 1/4 market share in December

Netmarketshare, a prominent website that provides market share of different OS, has released the last report of 2016, aka December. Let us see what the shares of December say.

Windows 10

From the previous 2 months, Windows 10 is gaining some percentage specially after decline immediately after the free upgrade offer. This month is no different, as Windows 10 has jumped from 23.72 to 24.36 percent in December. We can expect the OS to have 25% share in a month or two.

Windows 7

Microsoft most popular OS till date-Windows 7 has seen a significant increase of around 1 percent. The OS has a share of 48.34 in December with 47.17 being in November.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 has lost shares significantly this month, with a share of 6.9 % having 8 percent in November.

Windows XP

Windows XP, too has gained strangely some percentage in December. XP stands now at 9.07% and was 8.63 back in November.

A pie chart that diagrammatically explains is the following:

Credits to Netmarketshare for the stats...