I read this solution casually while looking for an answer, and I just tried it on a whim. It’s the one that worked for me. All you have to do is make a local account and sign in to that one. Wait a bit, and it will probably sort out your apps. If the tiles look dim, click them anyway and they’ll refresh themselves. If an app still doesn’t work, convert your other login to a local account and make the new one your Microsoft account, at least temporarily.

Though, I think my complaints with Windows 10’s slowness has a lot to do with user profile corruption. This new account feels much smoother. My advice would be, when installing, choose a local account, and then convert it to a Microsoft account later. It seems like it leaves more mess behind if you do a Microsoft account right out of the gate.


I’ve been having this problem. It’s not caused by a corrupt icon cache. It’s caused by bad permissions on the shortcut. If you right-click it, go to Properties, and then Security, you will see a message about not having permission.

The solution (after going to the above) is to:

  1. Click the Advanced button.
  2. Click the Owner tab.
  3. Click Edit…
  4. Click your user name and hit OK. You’ll get a message about having to re-open the object’s properties. Just close all the windows you opened and right-click the shortcut again to get to Properties.
  5. Click Security again.
  6. Now you will have some checkboxes. Click Edit… and with your username selected, check Full Control. Hit OK twice, and your icon will work again.

This may also work for desktop icons. I’ve noticed a lot of problems in Windows are caused by incorrect permissions.

I wish I could find the source for this, but it’s proven useful to me a few times  now (Windows 10 Technical Preview woes) and I thought I’d share it. If an app in the Windows Store seems to get stuck on “Pending” or says “This app could not be installed,” try this:

  1. Close the Windows Store.
  2. Open a Command Prompt as administrator and type “net stop wuauserv”.
  3. Type “ren C:\Windows\softwaredistribution softwaredistribution.old”.
  4. Type “net start wuauserv”.
  5. Try the download again. It should be unstuck.

I think this leaves you with some junk files you can delete. You’ll also have to start your stuck downloads over again.

I “get it” now. Sort of. I’ve tried it before but was turned off by it being complex and wordy. But I’ve seen that it’s actually really easy. For instance, to list and count only certain file types in a directory, just do this:

foreach($file in gci -recurse -include *.jpg, *.png){
echo $file
echo $i

And that’s it. I can see myself using this more often.

It’s been a while since I had a Freakin’ Cool App of the Week, but writing this I thought it would make a good entry to the series. I recently found out about another screen capture tool that lets you time lapse video as well as capture screenshots. It’s called VideoVelocity and it might serve your needs better. There is a free version available with some limitations.

It has plenty of options for different times and frame rates. From my short time playing with it, it also seems to be light on memory usage. It can also record from other sources, like a webcam. The resulting video files are quite small in size (not a bad thing), but I’d imagine that would increase if you paid for HD recording. One thing I look for in any program now is a version that can be used without being installed. VideoVelocity provides that.

It’s a little hard to understand the options, but if you play around a bit it becomes easier. My only other gripe is that the preview window can really slow down the computer, but that can be turned off. The free version is limited to standard definition, videos have a watermark, and there’s a recording limit of five minutes per video. The paid versions also come with extra features.


I use this to get 64-bit Pygame.

Apparently, IDEs can’t do this because Pygame is written in C. I’m sad.