• Paul Fingleton

How to get Mail working in Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10049

Fast Ring Windows Insiders received a new Technical Preview Build earlier this week with some rough edges - the price to pay for living life on the edge.

However, some of these rough edges can do more than irritate they can stop your computer working effectively. One of these problems is when you try to launch Mail, Calendar or People apps after installing the updated build - Explorer.exe crashes, effectively taking away your taskbar, desktop and anything other than applications that were already opened before the crash.

In frustration many may reboot their machine, but here is a workaround to get you back up and running.

Firstly, if you are in a situation where Explorer.exe has crashed and you do not have a taskbar then press CTRL+ALT+DEL and select Task Manager. From within Task Manager, click More details and then File followed by Run new task. From Run new task type Explorer and press enter.

OK, now you're back at your desktop again. To get these apps working again, you need to follow these steps:

  • Open Powershell as administrator

  • Run the command Get-appxprovisionedpackage -online | where-object {$_.packagename -like “*windowscommunicationsapps*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage -online

  • Open the original Store (the green tile, not the grey one) and reinstall Mail, People and Calendar.

Now, your Windows Mail and Calendar apps should be back working as expected.

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