Saturday, October 01, 2016

Microsoft MVP 2016!

Woke to this great email this morning…



Becoming, or keeping, the Microsoft MVP Award is a community effort. I’d like to thank my friends, family, co-workers, RadioTFS guests and hosts, the Coding4Fun readers and This Week on Channel 9 (TWC9) watchers. Without you, earning this award would not have been possible. Thank you!


Friday, April 15, 2016

"Unable to activate Windows Store app [GUID]. The [EXE Name] process started, but the activation request failed with error 'The app didn't start'." - Make sure your project is on C!

I spent the day fighting this issue...

Had a Xamarin.Forms app, based on the Cross Platform - Blank App (Shared & also Portable), that worked in the Android emulator, but all the Windows targets would fail. The apps would crash right after start...

A debugger is attached to App4.UWP.exe but not configured to debug this unhandled exception. To debug this exception, detach the current debugger.


Microsoft Visual Studio
Unable to activate Windows Store app 'f736c883-f105-4d30-a719-4bf328872f5e_nh7s0b45jarrj!App'. The App4.UWP.exe process started, but the activation request failed with error 'The app didn't start'.


See help for advice on troubleshooting the issue.
OK   Help  

I did a bunch of repairs, re-installs, etc., thinking it was a Xamarin.Forms issue.

Then I did what all dev's should do when troubleshooting, started eliminating variables. "What happens with a standard, non-Xamarin UWP app?"

Same error! Well now we know it isn't Xamarin!

Finally I came across this thread;

[UWP] Unable to activate Windows Store app, the app didn't start - Windows 10 Universal Apps

What can be the problem here? This only happens on universal apps. Classic Desktop projects opens without problems.

Things I already did, some of which are based on solutions I came across while trying to solve this:

  • Install Visual Studio 2015 Update 1
  • Check for App.config (supposedly, I should delete this; there no such file so I can't really delete it)
  • Build > Clean Solution, Build > Rebuild Solution
  • Uninstall the output app on the start menu
  • Delete `bin` and `obj` folders
  • Change the `Package name` in the Package.appxmanifest file
  • Change the output from `x86` to `x64` and vice versa
  • Change the `Debugger type` in Properties to `Native Only`
  • Tried running as `Release` failed, then reverted it back to `Debug`, still failed
  • Tried renewing my developer license. It doesn't work for Windows 10 Universal Apps and is only for Windows 8 Apps.
  • Tried uninstalling Visual Studio 2015 completely and re-installing. Still nothing.
  • NEW: Tried doing a full fresh reformat of Windows 10 still didn't work.

So yeah, I've pretty much exhausted every solution I can find on the internet to try and fix this. If anyone can offer more solutions, I'd be glad to test it out. ...

All of that is what I did too (Except for the VS/Win uninstall/Re-install)

Scrolling down... no the "answer" can't be it! It can't be THAT simple!

"...I even went as far as to do a fresh install of Windows 10 but when the problem still persists, I was about to give up. But I found out another solution that I haven't tried: move the project folder to the C: drive.

Apparently, when I have the project folder on my D: drive, it wouldn't work and will show me the said error...

OMG, all my projects were on my D drive too! It CAN'T be that, can it?

Move the original Xamarin project from D to C and guess what?

Worked like a charm!


There are days when I hate technology...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

“Fixing” Windows Live Writer’s NotFound - Open Live Writer…

TLDR; Windows Live Writer Blogger user? Go get Open Live Writer 

Are you a Windows Live Writer user with a Blogger blog?

Tried to post recently?

Then you’ve seen this;
Windows Live Writer
Blogger returned the following error:

NotFound: Not Found

Windows Live Writer (WLW) used an old authentication API AND old Blogger API. Google has been wanting to deactivate both for a while now, but kept them available for Windows Live Writer users.

With last week’s release of Open Live Writer (OLW), the open source fork of Windows Live Writer, Google killed both.

The problem is is that OLW wasn’t/isn’t done. On day one, it was v0.5.0.0, i.e. a preview or early release. And that version wasn’t yet ready with Blogger support. So in short, we were kind of between a rock and a hard case… :/

Then… Showing the power of open source, dev’s stepped up and added initial Blogger support to OLW. If you download the latest version (which is SO nice and fast to install now), v0.5.1.2, you get Blogger support. Woot!

Matter of fact, I’m using it now to write this post Smile

That said, there’s still work to be done, like adding full label support, etc. What’s awesome is you can watch and contribute to the project now! It’s all open and on GitHub (for the record, I’m actually the latest code, compiled and run from within Visual Studio ;)

If you’re a Blogger blogger and used to love Windows Live. Writer, there’s hope for you! Check out Open Live Writer… now…

Friday, December 04, 2015

Vote Early, Vote Often... Only a couple days left for the Bytes that Rock 2015 Awards!


There's only a few days left to vote. Remember to vote early and vote often... :)

Please Vote:

See the entire Software Blog nominee list:

Last, but not least, check out Bytes that Rock!


RadioTFS #102, Mass Hysteria, Git and TFVC living together

Mass Hysteria Git and TFVC living together


Martin and I had a great RadioTFS show this week, chatting about VS 2015 Update 1, TFS 2015 Update 1 and most importantly how to carve a turkey... :/

Seriously, we had a great talk about a number of cool features in VS 2015.1 and a YouTube webcast neither one of us had heard of before, but now that we KNOW of it... :)

See the show notes and listen in; 102, Mass Hysteria, Git and TFVC living together


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Windows 10, Intel HD Graphics Driver & "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered"? Try turning off 3D Settings...


If you are seeing Display driver stopped responding issues and have an Intel card, try turning off your 3D settings, reboot and see if that helps.

Since upgrading to Windows 10 I've been getting "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" every so often. SnagIt would trigger it, but other apps too.


Yet sometimes it would go away, and stop happening.... grrr. I thought it was my Intel 4600 HD driver versions, that updating would fix it and that the issue would come back in later versions.


It was the 3D Settings! A problem I've run into before, sigh, Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and to dark to read? Try turning off your Intel 3D settings...



Problem: Intel Video Driver, Windows 10 "Display driver stopped responding and has recovered" when using SnagIt and other apps.

Environment: GS60 (Gold), Windows 10 Pro (x64) [upgraded from Windows 8.1), Intel HD 4600 (Driver version]

Fix: Change the Intel 3D settings in the Intel Graphics Control Panel to:

  • Application Optimal Mode: Disable
  • Multi-Sample Anti-Aliasing: Turn Off
  • Conservative Morphological Anti-Aliasing: Turn Off
  • General Settings: Balanced Mode


Related Past Post XRef:
Windows 10 Start Menu Text changing color and to dark to read? Try turning off your Intel 3D settings...

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Woot! Nominated for THE BEST SOFTWARE BLOG in the Bytes that Rock Awards 2015


How cool is that? My blog has been nominated in the Best Software Blog category for the 2015 Bytes that Rock Awards. It's just an honor to be included in this list, I mean check out the other nominees... yeah, wow. :)

Please Vote:

See the entire Software Blog nominee list:

last, but not least, check out Bytes that Rock!


Saturday, November 07, 2015

What I'm on Channel 9... again? Yep! This Week on Channel 9 @ MVP Summit

For the second time this week I was in the Channel 9 Studio recording a show, this time hosting This Week on Channel 9. The best part was that I suckered (um... errr... um... invited... yeah that) co-VS ALM MVP Brian Randell to be my co-host.

TWC9: MVP Global Summit 2015


This was only my third time on TWC9 (well 5th if you count the Skype ones), my second on campus (first was last year at the Summit, TWC9: Two Geeks and a Cube) and first recording ever in the Channel 9 Studio. Yeah, I've been doing Channel 9 stuff for nearly 5 years and this is the first time I've done anything in the Studio. That has to be a record... LOL

Thanks again to Brian, Golnaz, Kaitlin and @ch9

Thursday, November 05, 2015

RadioTFS #100 (with video!)


While the whole RadioTFS crew was on the Microsoft Campus for the MVP Summit 2015, we took over the Channel 9 Studio to record our 100th episode. How cool is that! Yes, now you can see what we all (currently) look like and put the voices to faces...

Channel 9: RadioTFS Channel 9 Studio Takeover (aka RadioTFS #100 @CH9!)

RadioTFS: 100 // The Channel 9 Studio Takeover


Yeah, my hair is a mess... lol

Friday, October 16, 2015

Surface Book 1TB and Surface Pro 4 1TB Versions now available (for preorder)...

My son gets the credit for pointing this out to me... Looks like the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 1TB versions are now available for preorder (at least in the US)

(Make sure you select i7m 16GB Memory, then you select 1TB storage...)



$2,699 for the SP4 and $3,199 for the SB with with TB...

Friday, September 25, 2015

You are listening to RadioTFS, right?


You all are listening to the RadioTFS podcast right? You know, the one that I host with Martin Woodward and Paul Hacker? The one where every two weeks we talk all things TFS, VSO and ALM? And we interview many of the TFS/ALM influencers, MVP's and Microsoft team members?

And guess what? Episode #98, "Pocket Dialing Paul" is just out! Woot!

Well, if you're not... it's not to late!