Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and Nokia Black are Available for Nokia Lumia 822 After All

Despite a user on Reddit claiming that the Nokia Lumia 810 and 822 were not getting the latest updates from Microsoft and Nokia (he has since made an edit about the 822) the Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and Nokia Black are available for Nokia Lumia 822.  This was posted on many blogs and news sites even though it was bad information.  There is a lesson here, if you can’t seem to check out a story, you should not take it as truth.  Now let’s look at some facts.

Nokia has updated its Update Status page and now says that the updates are Available.  Verizon has also updated their Software Update page with a new PDF.

You can install Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and the Nokia Black Update today, Go to Settings, then tap Phone Update.  You will want to then tap Check For Updates.  It took a few tries at first to get it on my phone, my wife’s phone picked it up the first try.  The phone will give you prompts for you to follow.  Overall I like the update and there are a few nice features.  Below is a list of improvements.

According to Verizon the Windows Phone Update 3 and Nokia Black bring the following new features and enhancements.

– Driving Mode, when connected to a Bluetooth hands free device your phone can reduce distractions.

– New accessibility features, reading more of what’s on the screen

– Support for Bing Apps (you could download these from the store earlier

– New Multitasking features, now when you press and hold the back button there are close buttons for the apps

– There is now a Screen Orientation Lock (I am looking forward to this one)

– Updated versions of Nokia Apps (can be downloaded from the store) Include Nokia MixRadio, Here Maps, Drive+ and Transit.

– New Nokia Apps also available Nokia Camera and Nokia Storyteller (I have not been able to install these yet)

– Updated Glance, Now shows notifications, plus download Glance Background from the Windows Phone Store

Microsoft also states that the update has the following.

– Storage improvements so you can easily free up temp files

– You can share your phones internet connection with a computer running Windows 8.1 over Bluetooth

– Bluetooth improvements

– Custom Text message tones, you can even assign a special text message tone to one of your contacts

Verizon PDF for Nokia Lumia 822 Update 3 Black Update

Verizon PDF for Nokia Lumia 822 Update 3 Black Update

I suggest you install Windows Phone 8 Update 3 and Nokia Black for you Nokia Lumia 822 on Verizon today. Oh and thank you Verizon Wireless for being awesome.

Enable 24 Bit Color in Windows XP Mode With Integration Features Enabled

If you have ever used Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 you may have noticed that it only displays in 16 bit color mode.  This makes some things appear a little off on the screen and may also limit compatibility with programs that need 24 bit or 32 bit color.  Thankfully it is easy to enable 24 bit color in Windows XP Mode with integration features enabled.

To do this all you need is a simple registry setting added in side Windows XP.  First click on Start and then Run.  Type in Regedit and then press enter.  You will want to drill  down on the left side of the Registry Editor to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows NT\Terminal Services  Once you are there click on Edit and then New and then DWORD Value.  Name the Value Name ColorDepth set the Value Data to 4 and leave the Base on Hexadecimal, then click Ok.  Finally close the Registry Editor by clicking on the red X button in the upper right corner.

Registry Setting to Enable 24 bit Color in Windows XP Mode

Registry Setting to Enable 24 bit Color in Windows XP Mode

Now you need to restart Windows XP Mode, to do this simply click on the Ctrl+Alt+Del button at the top and center of your screen, then click on Shut Down.  Once Windows XP Mode has turned off open it back up again and if you like you can check to see if it worked.  Right Click on the desktop and click on Properties and then click on Settings.  You should see under Color Quality High (24 bit).  If you do not see this you may need to make sure you did the steps correctly.

Check To See if 24 bit Color is Enabled

Check To See if 24 bit Color is Enabled

Now if you were successful, awesome and good for you.  You may notice that the text on the screen really has not changed much though.  Well we can fix that too.  Right Click on the desktop again and click on Properties and then Appearance and then Effects… then  where is says Standard click on that drop down menu and select ClearType, then click on Ok and Ok again.  This will enable ClearType Fonts and make Windows XP Mode even better to look at.

Enable ClearType in Windows XP

Enable ClearType in Windows XP

So there you go you can enable 24 bit color in Windows XP Mode with integration features enabled and enable ClearType fonts to make Windows XP Mode more readable and just better to look at.