Windows 10 – Windows Spotlight Not Changing Picture

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Today I tried a handful of workarounds to try and get Windows Spotlight to change the lock screen images on one of our PCs. There are several solutions posted around the internet and this is the one that worked for me.

First open the Settings app, and then go to Personalization and then Lock Screen.

Change the Background from Windows Spotlight to either Picture or Slideshow:

Lock-Screen-Settings

Close the Settings app and open File Explorer. Browse to the following location (where yourusername is the username of the account you are logged in with):

C:\Users\yourusername\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.Windows.ContentDeliveryManager_cw5n1h2txyewy\Settings

You should see the files roaming.lock and settings.dat. Change their file extensions to .bak to change them to backup files.

Reboot your computer.

Open the Settings app again and under Lock Screen change the background option back to Windows Spotlight.

At this point I could see in the preview that the Windows Spotlight picture had changed and I didn’t have to do anything else.

 

 

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Recursive Find and Replace using Git Bash on Windows 10

In my previous post I setup virtual TV Shows in Kodi for a couple of YouTube channels that I downloaded videos from.

I copy and pasted a template file to create multiple .nfo files,  but I made a mistake – all of the files have 2019 in one of the text fields instead of 2018!

Fortunately I found a nice quick solution that used Git Bash on Windows 10.

I simply mapped my file share as network drive Y, opened Git Bash,  and issued a couple of commands:

$ cd Y:
$ find . -type f -name "*.nfo" -exec sed -i'' -e 's/2019/2018/g' {} +

Done!

A quick run-down of the commands:

  • change directory to Y: (cd Y:)
  • find
  • file (-type f)
  • named *.nfo
  • run sed (-exec sed)
  • edit in-place (-i)
  • add script (-e ‘)
  • substitute 2019 (s/2019)
  • for 2018 globally (2018/g)

Very nice to be able to use bash inside Windows 10!

 

Outlook.com – Windows 10 Shared Calendar Time Out

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So I have been having a couple of issues with shared calendars on Outlook.com using Windows 10.

The first issue is the regular reminders I get telling me that  I need to ‘fix my account’ settings for my wife’s shared calendar. When I try to fix this, and provide her password and PIN, I am told that the PIN is incorrect – despite resetting her PIN.

The second issue is that (all of a sudden) my wife can no longer see my shared calendar – so time to fix this!

Simply sharing my calendar again did not work – I just got a spinning circle next to the “Adding calendar …” status and nothing happened.

To resolve the issue I had to remove my wife’s PIN from all of her computers. After rebooting them I re-shared my calendar and it worked.

Refer to the steps below to see how to reset your PIN and share your Calendar.

How to reset your PIN

 

To remove your PIN click Start, then type Settings and open the Settings app. Navigate to Accounts, Sign-in options and then under the PIN heading click the Remove button.

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How to Share your Calendar

First access your Calendar here: https://outlook.live.com/owa/

Click Share from the toolbar and then select the calendar you want to share.

Share Calendar

Note: If you are already sharing this calendar with the intended recipient click the trash can icon next to their name to revoke their permissions.

Next, enter the email address of the person you want to share your calendar with then click the Share button and then Done.

Share Calendar 2

Hope that this helps someone else out there!

Windows 10 – Brightness Not Working (Surface Pro 3)

My wife encountered an issue on her Surface Pro 3 (running Windows 10 Creators Update) this morning where the brightness sliders had no effect on the screen.

I took a look at it and found that the following solution worked for me:

  • Open Device Manager
  • Expand Sensors
  • Right click on HID Sensor Collection V2 and then select Uninstall from the pop up menu
  • Reboot

Hopefully this helps!

 

Windows 10 UWP – Template 10 Mobile Status Bar

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Template 10 is a set of Visual Studio project templates for Windows 10 XAML / C# apps.

In my previous post I set the app theme to Light and found that the status bar was completely white on Windows 10 Mobile. The status icons were no longer visible.

Before we can make changes to the status bar we first need to add Windows Mobile Extensions for the UWP  to our references:

In the Solution Explorer right click on References and then click Add Reference. In the left pane select Universal Windows and then Extensions from the drop down menu. In the right hand pane select Windows Mobile Extensions for the UWP and click OK.

Now we can customize the status bar by adding the highlighted code to App.xaml.cs.

public override async Task OnStartAsync(StartKind startKind, IActivatedEventArgs args)
        {
            // TODO: add your long-running task here
            await NavigationService.NavigateAsync(typeof(Views.MainPage));
           
            //Set StatusBar background and foreground colors
            if (Windows.Foundation.Metadata.ApiInformation.IsTypePresent("Windows.UI.ViewManagement.StatusBar"))

            {
                var statusBar = StatusBar.GetForCurrentView();
                if (statusBar != null)
                {
                    statusBar.BackgroundOpacity = 1;
                    statusBar.BackgroundColor = Colors.Orange;
                    statusBar.ForegroundColor = Colors.White;
                }

Next just add the required using statements as prompted by Visual Studio.

As you can see I set the background color to orange and the text to white:

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Sources:

View story at Medium.com

https://stenobot.wordpress.com/2015/07/08/uwp-app-development-styling-the-mobile-status-bar/

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/gianlucb/2015/10/08/uwp-windows-10-app-titlebar-and-status-bar-customization/

Windows 10 UWP – Setting a Light Theme in Template 10

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Template 10 is a set of Visual Studio project templates for Window 10 XAML / C# apps. By default Template 10 uses the Dark theme.

If you need to switch the Light theme you can add the following code to App.xaml in <common:Bootstrapper:

RequestedTheme="Light"

To see this change in your project, save changes and restart Visual Studio.

Windows 10 Mobile – Outlook Mail: There is not enough memory or disk space to update the display

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I got this error today opening an email in the Outlook Mail app on my Lumia 640XL running Windows 10. I am using the Insider app and am on the production ring:

There is not enough memory or disk space to update the display.

Currently the Outlook Mail app cannot be reinstalled on Windows 10 Mobile – this left me with the option of doing a hard reset as follows:

Swipe down from the top of the screen and then tap All Settings, System, and then About. Scroll down, then tap Reset your phone, and then follow the prompts.

Once I reset my phone and updated the Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar app my phone functioned correctly again.

If you find an alternative work-around please let me know in the comments below.