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How I installed wp7.8 update without disconnect hacking in Samsung Omnia W device

Haah! After waiting for a longtime, I finally got the 7.8 update for my Samsung Omnia W (mango device) and that too without disconnect hack.

Like every other desperate and frustrated wp7.5 Samsung device users, I was waiting for months to get the wp7.8 update. Unfortunately, I own a Samsung Omnia W device. I said “unfortunately” because Samsung treats windows phone as a second-class smartphone since they invests heavily on droid platform. I contacted Samsung India Support (via chat) every month after the wp7.8 announcement but they replied - they don’t have any official release date as of now.

Like you, I tried a lot to install the wp7.8 update using disconnect hack. But, was not working in my case and I start losing all my patience by plugging-unplugging LAN cable and toggling my wi-fi connectivity.

Being frustrated and curious, I spend some time analyzing the data passing over the wire using Wireshark just want to know what’s happening under the hoods. Tried out some combinations. Charmingly, it worked!!! New technique (oh, yes! It’s a hack) to install wp7.8 update on my Samsung device.

Well, the steps are almost same like every other techniques but with a slight difference. You don’t need to disconnect the internet connection. But still, the key is little patience and effort.

Here goes the step:

  1. Connect your phone to PC via USB Connector
  2. Zune will start automatically. Wait for few minutes. If you have any update, Zune will directly show the update window. Click and update. (Lucky!) Else go to step 3
  3. If no update window is displayed. From the right-top corner, navigate to Settings –> Phone –>Update. If an update is available, install the update, else go to step 4
  4. Click on any other menu (in the left-side row). Wait for 10-15 seconds then click on Update again. Repeat this until you get any update. (I told you, you need patience. I got the update after doing this 5-7 times)
  5. Congratulations. Your Windows Phone is updated.

Wait, is that all?

If you have got the updates after following these steps. I know, how excited you are. Just want to add one point to your excitement.

Once you get the update. Zune will check for additional updates. If any update is available, Zune will automatically install the update. Now, what if there is no additional updates? Then, I want you to check your OS version (Device –> Settings –> About).

Following are the series of update that you’ll get as part of the update:

  1. 7.10.8779.8
  2. 7.10.8783.12
  3. 7.10.8858.136
  4. 7.10.8860.142
  5. 7.10.8862.144

If your OS version number is lower than 7.10.8862.144, then I suggest you to follow the above mentioned steps to install remaining updates.

Here goes the series of images that I took during the update, in case if you want to see

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I know how tiring it is to do a tedious and time-consuming hack to get an update. From my experience, I would say go with Nokia. They are the only brand that can be trusted blindly. Samsung will show no love to Windows Phone.

Hope this helped.


How I fixed Refresh Marketplace warning in Windows Phone 7.5

Pheewww!!! Finally, I solved it after 30 days and 5 hours.

Since the launch of Windows Phone 8 devices and announcement of the very final WP7.8 update, I’s so eagerly waiting for the update on my wp7.5 device - Samsung Omnia W device.

Every day I connect my wp7 device to my Zune and will check for the last wp7.8 update.

Surprisingly, one fine day when I opened Marketplace in my device, I’s greeted with a warning message saying you need to update your marketplace.


Death of an Eagerness

My eagerness for wp7.8 update made me believe that marketplace update is the first of few bits of update for wp7.8. Also, Marketplace only listed Refresh Marketplace app in both apps and games section, strengthening my belief that it’s a must-have update.

Following all the instructions, I installed the app in a minute. And rushed back to Marketplace to see what's the notable change made by the update; but only to see the previous warning saying “again” you need to update your Marketplace.

Ah! Again? Are you serious? Kidding me? Then what I’d just installed and done now? OMG!

In vain, I uninstalled, re-installed, rebooted, refreshed XBOX Live screen, charged with wall-charger with data connection turned ON. Nothings worked! Few minutes of bing’ing made me realized that I’m one among the very last unlucky who is standing in the very back of a queue, asking Microsoft community, pleading for a solution. I tried everything except resetting my device. Because, WP7 don’t have any backup mechanism for text messages. So, I’s not ready to lose my text messages.

First Impression

It’s hard for me to believe that Microsoft pushed such an unstable app that affected a mass of WP7 users, I said unstable because the app didn’t worked as expected and I’m not the only one who affected with it. Also, Microsoft is not a startup company which can be excused. At one point, I’s thinking what the developers in WP7 team had done to release a showstopper app for WP7 users.

The most funniest troubleshooting tip that suggested by WP7 team is to leave your phone 25 hours connected to your wall-charger with data connection turned ON. Grr! How can one suggest such a solution? How can they?

Embracing the Cause

I used my device like that for more than 3 weeks and slowly started to get frustrating. It was something that I cannot believe that a small update turned into a showstopper from accessing Marketplace.

Surprised, frustrated and shocked, I tried to dig deeper to know why marketplace is not getting updated. And here goes my findings:

  1. To save battery life, WP7 device turns off any active data connection or wi-fi, 5 minutes after device is locked.
  2. WP device connects to a Microsoft server to check for update. This is checked when your device reboots or on a 24-hour basis; provided you have an active data connection.

Connecting both 1 and 2, I’s able to understand why one of the troubleshooting tips suggested to charge your device for 25 hours with active data connection turned On.

Cause and Effect

After losing all the hope of making it working, I finally tried various combination of troubleshooting tips. Charmingly, it worked. And, I solved the refresh marketplace update warning issue. This is what I ‘d done.

  1. I connected my device through USB charger and left the phone for charging
  2. Turned-on wi-fi and connect my phone to wi-fi
  3. I started watching a movie

By the time, I finished watching movie, my device was 100% charged and has completed the marketplace update.

What I Suggest

Don’t be in a hurry and reset your device. Try connecting your device via wi-fi and leave it for charging. It’ll work. I tried various combinations to solve the issue and came across scenario which worked perfectly. Also, I have heard few of my friends mentioned their issue got fixed when they connected via wi-fi.

All I can say is, connect to wi-fi and have patience.

Hope this helped.