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Email notifications don’t appear in Windows phone 7,7.8 in lock screen

I came up on this issue lately.

On my beloved windows phone I have a set up of 5 email accounts. 2 exchange, 2 pops and 1 imap. My second exchange account stopped notifying me on my lock screen for new emails after I removed the account and put it again.

I won’t describe how I came up to this solution, since its not the cause of this article but I will try to describe the outcome.

Apparently windows phone shows notifications for ONLY THE FIRST THREE (3) ACCOUNTS you have installed. This means that for accounts 4, 5 etc you will never get notified while phone is in lock screen state.

Therefore an easy solution is to remove accounts 3, 4 and 5 and put as third the account that has the disappeared notification issue.

In my case my second Exchange account has 5th. I removed all 3 and 4 and immediately my exchange account became 3. Tested mail sending and notifications appeared on lock screen. Afterwards I re-established the deleted imap and pop accounts.

Ok, nice…what about if I wanna get notifications on the rest of the accounts. The answer to this lies on the linked inbox feature of windows phone. Link the accounts 3,4,5 and you will have your desired notifications. It’s not the best solution, but it’s something comparing to nothing!

No more rabbits in my hat for now:)


Default calendar in Windows Phone 7 and 8

Most of you, using Windows Phone 7 or Windows Phone 8 with at least 2 accounts on your device may face the following issue…

All new calendar entries default to Windows Live. Wait a minute…I have an exchange account…and I want to see that calendar in my company’s Outlook!!! Windows live? I assume this is done by purpose since Microsoft wants to boost its new company coordination regarding services over the cloud.

Anyway there are 2 ways to overcome this:

The first workaround is to hit settings inside your Calendar and disable other calendars except the one you want to keep (simply slide the bar to the left…yea-yea this iPhone alike button 😛 ) . This will result that only your enabled calendar will be displayed, therefore whatever you add, it will only update your enabled calendar. After saving at least one calendar, AND SYNC, you may hit settings again and re-enable other calendars in case you want me. (For example I want my FB calendar to be displayed for events I participate). It seems that Windows Phone calendar default to the one LAST used!!!! I say it seems, since I think I have noticed otherwise as well….

The second way that appears to be handier is by pushing the (+) add button. Apparently I don’t use it since I tend to press on the calendar screen repeatedly in order to add a new appointment. Well eventually if you click (+) then the menu has an option for updating a specific calendar. Following up the previous solution, once you save on one calendar then Windows phone calendar defaults to the one last updated.

The truth is always out there Mr….trial and error will make you find it. Be creative

Enable Mass Storage access on Windows Phone 7

Fire up Regedit
Navigate to
Find it deviceID named “VID_045E&PID_04EC&MI_00”
Two folders down you will find Device Parameters
Locate 3 REG_WORD Keys and change as follows:
Change ShowInShell from 0 to 1
Change PortableDeviceNameSpaceExcludeFromShell from 1 to 0
Change EnableLegacySupport from 0 to 1
No need for reboot. Plug your Windows Phone 7, and close Zune (if installed and started). As long as Zune is running you will see empty folders.
Now you may navigate to your Windows 7 Storage and drag and drop media and documents without using zune.
Or you may mass delete photos …without going one by one using your Windows Phone GUI, that unfortunately has no select all option…
Play with it, but if you brick it is not my responsibility.
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