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Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC

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tgold
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Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC

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My past experience of managing my Nokia Symbian phones from a Windows XP PC has been with Nokia Software Updater, Nokia PC Suite and Nokia Suite. MS has not released XP drivers for their WP8 phones and so I have no PC connectivity from PC to my Lumia 521 and all my update enquiries and fulfillment are using the phone's wireless connections via the T-Mobile or WiFi. Also I am missing simple wired transfers of pictures and other media files. If I get myself a suitable Apple or Vista-or-above PC, will that allow Nokia Suite to connect and update or is there some different and maybe better or worse PC based management facilities? Thanks for any advice.

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rayhipkiss
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Re: Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC

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Currently there is no Desktop PC solution to update WP 8 phones so you have to use FOTA to update.

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93tid
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Re: Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC

You need XP SP3 and WMP 11 or higher for your XP unit to recognise the Lumia as a MTP device. You can then just drag and drop media and office files to the respective folders on the handset.

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tgold
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Re: Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC

WMP 11 includes drivers for WP8 Lumia phones?

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93tid
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Re: Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC

I have two XP SP3 machines with WMP 11 and have no problem accessing my 920 and 820 as described. Dismiss the message about drivers not found upon initial connection and just access the device which will show up in My Computer.

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paulheu
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Re: Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC


tgold wrote:

WMP 11 includes drivers for WP8 Lumia phones?


No, but WP8 uses MTP for file transfer over USB which is supported first in that version of WMP.

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tgold
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Re: Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC


93tid wrote:

Dismiss the message about drivers not found upon initial connection and just access the device which will show up in My Computer.


That's Brilliant! Thanks for that - after the error I had never thought to look.

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tgold
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Re: Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC

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93tid wrote:

You need XP SP3 and WMP 11 or higher for your XP unit to recognise the Lumia as a MTP device. You can then just drag and drop media and office files to the respective folders on the handset.


I am still struggling with file moving and copying. As said, a file system is visible and is available to drag and drop via Windows XP's Explorer but it seems to be curiously unrelated to the file system visible and available from within Windows Phone 8. I installed two file manager apps, File Manger by Rhythm Software and Pocket File Manager by Amaze Pictures and those show a quite different world within the phone from the PC view and I can not find the files dropped using Windows Explorer when using the Windows Phone apps. BTW the files I am now trying to make available on the phone are maps in .pdf form to be viewed using the Adobe Reader app. I am able to move such files into the phone by using emails and attachments. Suggestions or clues?

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Re: Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC

You can copy PDF files to your SkyDrive from where they are accessible by the phone.

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garym11
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Re: Connect to Lumia 521 WP8 from Windows PC

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tgold wrote:

93tid wrote:

You need XP SP3 and WMP 11 or higher for your XP unit to recognise the Lumia as a MTP device. You can then just drag and drop media and office files to the respective folders on the handset.


I am still struggling with file moving and copying. As said, a file system is visible and is available to drag and drop via Windows XP's Explorer but it seems to be curiously unrelated to the file system visible and available from within Windows Phone 8. I installed two file manager apps, File Manger by Rhythm Software and Pocket File Manager by Amaze Pictures and those show a quite different world within the phone from the PC view and I can not find the files dropped using Windows Explorer when using the Windows Phone apps. BTW the files I am now trying to make available on the phone are maps in .pdf form to be viewed using the Adobe Reader app. I am able to move such files into the phone by using emails and attachments. Suggestions or clues?



This is a Lumia 521 ? There are no file manager apps that work with windows phone.

The phone has a documents, video, music, pictures and ringtone folder. The only folder for documents is on the phone the that is where your pdf file goes. emails/atachments?

Just use explorer and put it in the corrcce folder.

The only folders on the SD card are Music, pictures and videos. There is no documents folder on the SD card.

You have to put files in the correct folder or they will not be accessable from the phone.

The file managers you put on the phone are wasted space. The only apps that will work are in the MS store.

 

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