hi, i am having a problem with my hotmail notification. it started about a week ago. the new mail notification stopped working all of a sudden. i am using windows messenger 8.1. i went into sounds and alerts in messenger and the boxes are all checked. i went to control panel and sounds and checked the messenger sounds and they seem ok. i dont know what else to check as i am not really experienced on the computer. i have windows xp and it is a dell e520. i thought it was hotmail having problems but apparently hotmail is working ok. i tried putting in yahoo messenger and i had the same problem with yahoo. i tried a system restore and i set everything back to factory settings when i recieved the computer. the problem is still there. i am not experienced enough to know what to check now so any and all help would be greatly appreciated.