A lot of services (both on smartphones and desktop) have been paying special attention to notifications lately. In recent months we have seen Google Chrome and Instagram get notifications on major handheld devices. Desktop services have come with notification integration for quite some time now, and all major OS environments rely on these alerts to varying extent. Windows 10 notifications are not too different from their predecessors of Windows 8, but the issues that might arise related to the alerts certainly differ. Ever since upgrading, if Windows 10 notifications for the stock Mail app, or some third-party apps, have not been showing up for you, a manual fix might be needed.
The reason you might stop receiving Windows 10 notifications for any app is the system’s inability to associate alert settings with the problematic app. You need to fix and refresh the culprit registry, and everything will be back in working order.
Fixing Windows 10 Notifications
- Go to the link provided at the end of this post, and download the file named ‘AppDB Registry Import for Fixing Missing Notifications‘. The name is self-explanatory, but before you proceed with anything, just keep this file saved in your Windows 10 system.
- Go to the location where the recently downloaded ZIP file is stored. Right-click the archive and extract it to the location of your choice.
- From the extracted folder, find ‘appdeb.reg’. Copy this file to a separate location to make sure you can use it with ease later on.
- Double-click the .reg file.
- From the resulting warning box, select ‘Yes’ as you are not likely to suffer any major consequences.
- Wait for the changes to take effect, as the Windows 10 notifications get their registry values refreshed.
- Open the stock Settings app,
- Look for the faulty app’s notifications menu under ‘Notifications & Actions’. Turn the app’s notifications off and then on.
- Restart your computer,
Once the system comes back to life, you should notice your Windows 10 notifications displaying with normal frequency for apps that were misbehaving previously. Go ahead and apply the above fix if you want to get the most out of your Windows 10 experience.