Mail, Calendar and People app issue in Windows 10 TP Build 10041/49

When Windows 10 Technical Preview Build 10041 was released on fast ring last week, Microsoft had listed some of the known issues of the build. Among them was the non-working of of Mail, Calendar and People apps. These apps might be broken due to a licensing issue with the Store Beta.

I also installed the Build 10041 via the fast ring Windows update and was facing the issue of Mail, Calendar and People app. After the install of the build 10041, this is what the apps tile looked like. The app names were shown as seen here and the apps were not working.


What’s the solution?

The Microsoft team announcing the release of Build 10041 had itself posted the workaround for this Mail, Calendar, People app issue. It has provided a PowerShell script to resolve the issue. Follow the steps to make these apps work again:

  • Right click on the Start button. Click on Command Prompt (Admin) from the menu. In the command prompt window prompt, type PowerShell and press enter. Notice that the prompt changes to PS.
  • Now copy and paste the following command into the PS prompt and press enter :
    • Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*windowscommunicationsapps*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online
  • It may take a few seconds to get the response to confirm the operation has been completed.Mailappissue2
  • Restart Windows
  • Now look for Store (Green) by clicking Start button and All Apps . And open this Store (Green). Do not use the Store beta (Grey) for this. In the Store (Green) search for Mail . And you’ll be provided in the result Mail, Calendar and People.
  • Select that search result and install the app. Will take a few minutes for confirmation message saying the app is installed.
  • The Mail, Calendar and People apps should now be installed and can be seen in Start menu with their tiles pinned with correct names.

Microsoft has released the Build 10049 yesterday, yet some users have reported that they are still facing this Mail, Calendar and People app issue in this Build also. So if you are facing this problem try this workaround, and these apps should work.

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Vasudev G. is a Technology Enthusiast. He is a Windows Insider MVP and is committed to Microsoft technologies and products.