Windows Phone 7.8 Update Starts Rolling Out

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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

  1. Connect your Windows Phone to a PC and launch the Zune software
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Wait 30 seconds or so and Zune should display a notification that an update is available.
  5. Now reconnect to the internet and continue with the update process through the Zune software.
  6. Depending on what OS build you are starting with, you may be prompted for several OS updates
  7. 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
  8. You may also be prompted to install a firmware update at the very end, follow through with this
  9. 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.

Via WPCentral

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  • dick

    its saying cant connect to the internet, please try again later. and nothing happened. error number is 80072EFF

  • dick

    OK, got the update, trick is wait for at least 5 sec before disconnecting the internet.

  • dick

    Just updated the phone but it showing no change… what to do???

  • Anik

    Nothing is showing updated (7.10)

  • Anik

    Nothing happened…just showing phone is already updated (7.10)

  • As per step 7 above: “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 need to trick it again, you’ve more than likely got the 7.10.8779 update which is a fix. If you can get that update, then you should be able to trick the next update?

  • Yeah it varies per connection. Took about 2 for me, but do the trick again and it should update again. It take about two force updates to get to Windows 7.8

    You’ll know when you’ve got the 7.8 update when in the fix list it adds support for phones with no camera button.

  • dick

    What??? Why didn’t you wrote it in the article, I restored the shit.. Now got to do it twice …

  • Anik

    Got it finally..

  • chris

    try this im doing it it seems to work flashing now

  • Anand Logarajan

    This below method wills surely work…
    I had attempted more tahn 20 times before i succeed…Timing is a key factor…
    1- Turn off cellular data, and Wifi on your WP device(see below).

    2- Connect to Zune, check for updates and time yourself by counting “1-1000, 2-1000,etc”. Stop counting when it says your phone is up to date and remember it.

    3- Change to a different tab other than update in the settings.

    4- Disconnect phone, then reconnect it.

    6- Now, get ready. You will need to hit the “Update” button and unplug (Or disable your NIC card in Network and sharing center) the network cable from your computer at about minus 1-1000 (if you counted to 8-1000 for update check, then disconnect at 7-1000) after hitting this button. It will present an update is available!

    7- Remember to reconnect internet, then hit Update!

    8- Now update!