This time not a rumour, but a reality as the Windows Phone 7.8 update for devices running Windows Phone 7.5 has started to roll out. It’s currently a gradual process with Nokia first in line to get the ball rolling, but there is a little force update trick that could get your phone updated before the planned roll-out for your device.
If you have gone to Settings, Phone Update and it states “no updates found”, the trick is to use Zune to force an early update which will not get your device blocked, banned or bricked – it’s basically a method of timing out Zune before it realises your update is not ready for roll-out.
Here’s the How-To as per the advice of WPCentral:
Forcing requires patience and the ability to disconnect your computer from the internet. Make sure you have the Wifi and your data connection turned off on your Windows Phone and connect to Zune. Go to settings and check for an update and as soon as you click the “Update” link in the settings you’ll need to disconnect from the internet.
Let Zune come back and tell you that it can’t check for an update right now, reconnect to the internet and you should see that an update is now available. Timing seems to be key and it may take you a few tries to get things just right (took me six tries). From there you follow along with the update wizard and your Windows Phone is updated.
I actually did this for the Windows 7.5 Update and can confirm that this method works.
Step by step instructions to force the Windows Phone 7.8 update
- Connect your Windows Phone to a PC and launch the Zune software
- Click on Phone > Settings > Update. Allow the software to tell you whether an update is available. If so, skip this guide. If not continue to the next step.
- Time to force the update. Click another button (any of the options above or below the word Update). Then click the Update button again, and this time disconnect your computer from the internet after 1-2 seconds. Do this by pulling out the Ethernet cable, disabling Wi-Fi, etc. If it says your phone is already up to date, you didn’t disconnect quickly enough and need to try this step again.
- Wait 30 seconds or so and Zune should display a notification that an update is available.
- Now reconnect to the internet and continue with the update process through the Zune software.
- Depending on what OS build you are starting with, you may be prompted for several OS updates
- Let the phone update and wait. The final OS build is 8858. If you are getting just 8779, you’ll want to repeat 1-4 above
- You may also be prompted to install a firmware update at the very end, follow through with this
- Celebrate! The whole process, including backup could take up to 60 minutes. Check that you are on build 8858 to see if you are done.