Windows Phone 8.1

Fix for delayed push notification on Windows phone 8.1

I had been experiencing delayed push notifications from Facebook messenger, whatsapp, instagram  etc..

For instance the whatsapp app wouldn’t send any notification unless you open up the app.  Also whatsapp web wouldn’t connect to the phone unless you open up the app. Even if the app allowed to run in background it won’t work. Some goes with other apps. I guess this is a bug which Microsoft will never fix.

So I played around a little bit. I tested possible solutions and found the fix.

Fix is simple;

  1. Go to All Settings > Mobile + SIM > Data roaming options > and select don’t roam
  2. Again while you are in mobile + SIM go to SIM and under Network selection select your network manually.

Restart your phone and everything will go  back to normal.

My phone is Lumia 930. Network: EE (UK), OS version 8.10.1234.375


Windows 10

If your Windows 10 Start menu or settings stopped working you can try following ways to fix it

After upgrading windows 10 to latest build 1511 (10586.29) I started having problem with the start menu. After a while start menu stops responding as well as cortana, apps and settings. These are the ways I tried and fixed the problem. Don’t forget to backup your files.

  1. Right click on taskbar and click on Task Manager

  2. Click on File and Run New Task

  3. Type powershell, check administrator privileges option to run powershell in admin mode and click Okay.

  4. Run the following command to check/fix your system for errors.  scf /scannow
  5. It might take a while. After it finishes restart your PC. If it doesn’t run the following code: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  6. If this gives you 0x800f081f error download windows 10 iso from here.  (Before doing this don’t forget to install latest upgrades)
  7. Mount the iso file by right clicking on the iso file and go to Open With and select Internet Explorer. It will create virtual dvd drive with a drive letter. Run the following command: (Replace X with the drive letter. )

    DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth /source:WIM:X:\sources\Install.wim:1 /LimitAccess
  8. Restart your PC.
  9. If last step dosen’t work for you reset all the windows 10 apps by running following code: Get-AppxPackage -allusers | foreach {Add-AppxPackage -register “$($_.InstallLocation)\appxmanifest.xml” -DisableDevelopmentMode}

Good Luck.