Windows 10 build 10041: How to fix Mail, Calendar and People apps not opening or listing in All apps

These instructions will help you to fix the new Mail, Calendar, and People apps on Windows 10 when they don't open or they don't appear listed in All apps.

Windows 10 app error build 10041

Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 10041, but because the company rushed the new build through the Fast ring of updates, this build includes a number of bugs and fewer workarounds.

If you’re a Windows Insider and you updated to build 10041, you probably noticed that Mail, Calendar and People apps are not opening or you may not even see them listed in “All Apps”. According to the list of known issues listed by Microsoft, it seems that there is a few problems with licensing in the Store (beta).

Naturally, if you don’t see them listed in “All Apps” or the apps just aren’t opening, you probably are thinking on going to the Store to try to reinstalled them again, but this issue doesn’t have such an easy workaround. However, Microsoft is well aware of the problem and already shared the necessary steps to get Mail, Calendar, and People working again in Windows 10 build 10041, just follow the steps below:

Fix Mail, Calendar and People apps on Windows 10

  1. Open the Start menu, do a search for PowerShell, right-click the result, and select “Run as administrator”.

  2. Copy and paste the following command, and press Enter:

    Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*windowscommunicationsapps*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online

    Fixing Mail, Calendar and People apps in Windows 10 build 10041

    Quick Note:  After pressing Enter, it might look like nothing is happening, but command is executing, just give a little time.
  3. Finally, reinstall Mail, Calendar and People using the old Windows Store. Not the one named “Store (beta)”, this one has the gray tile, and you need to access the Store with the green tile.

Now everything should be working. Keep in mind that this isn’t a Windows 10 build that you should be using as your primary operating system as it’s very buggy. You’ll be better off, running the previous release.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].