I spent a good portion of my day watching phones update today.
My iPhone 3GS had finally ground to a halt and I decided to go back to baseline and reimage it. It took almost 2 hours for my iPhone to reinstall the base iOS and restore a backup, but at the end it is performing like a new phone. I highly recommend doing that every 6 months to improve performance of your iPhone.
The really big news of the day however was that Windows Phone 7.5, affectionately known by everyone in the world as Mango, dropped today. I spent all day checking my phone to see if I was one of the lucky who would be graced with the update sooner rather than later. Sadly, I was not. Not until after posting a sad message in response to Andrew Connell’s jubilant Facebook message saying that he had just gotten Mango installed did I find that there was a magic trick out there to make Mango appear.
Reiterated from WPCentral: (proceed at your own risk)
- 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.
- Click the update button again, and this time immediately disconnect your computer from the internet (some people have better luck waiting 1-2 seconds). Do this by pulling the Ethernet cable, disabling Wi-Fi, disabling your NIC, etc.
- I had the best luck disabling my NIC. Trying to get the cable unplugged in just the right amount of time was proving tedious
- Wait 30 seconds or so and you should receive a notification that an update is available. This is 7392, the Mango pre-update.
- Now reconnect to the internet and continue with the update process through the Zune software.
- After 7392 is fully installed, you may receive a notification that another update is available. If so, install Mango now. If not, proceed to the next step.
- If the second update isn’t popping up on its own, repeat steps 3-5, causing the 7403 update to appear.
- Install 7403.
- Mango time! At this point, Zune should automatically start installing 7720, Mango. If it doesn’t happen automatically, force it like in previous steps.
The entire process took about an hour and a half and I am very excited to go play with my new toy, as all of my developer friends have been flashing their pre-release bits in my face for some weeks/months now.
Oh, the raspberries… they were a part of dinner. I just needed a third fruit for the alliteration.