In Windows 8.1, Windows Live Mail is my mail application of choice. I don’t need anything more complicated.
I recently installed Windows Live Mail on a new computer and tried to change the new mail notification sound. It didn’t work and Google was little help. I finally figured it out on my own.
Normally I would change the New Mail Notification setting in the system sounds section of the Windows Control Panel (hit the Windows key and type Change System Sounds to get there). However, changing this had no effect on the sound Windows Live Mail played when there was new mail. I finally figured out you need to change the Desktop Mail Notification sound.
Yes it’s ambiguous and confusing to have two “Mail Notification” settings. It’s just another of the oddities of Windows 8 that I hope will go away when Windows 10 is officially released.