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Sep 28 2011   1:39PM GMT

A Simple Trick To Get the Windows Phone 7.5 Upgrade Now

Ed Hardy Ed Hardy Profile: Ed Hardy

If you read Brighthand you know that Microsoft has begun sending out Windows Phone 7.5 upgrades to those who already own a device running the earlier version of this operating system. But that doesn’t mean everyone is getting an upgrade today — unless you use a trick that will get you this version quickly and easily.

Microsoft Windows Phone MangoMicrosoft and its partners are being cautious about sending out Windows Phone 7.5 (AKA Mango). 10% of users will get it, and then the upgrades will stop while the companies wait to see if they missed any bugs. So the first round of upgraders won’t have to wait, but there’s a teensie amount of risk involved too.

Here’s the Trick
If you don’t care about all that and just want your upgrade today, here’s what you do.

Hook your smartphone up to a PC running the Zune software, then tell it to check for an upgrade. For 90% of you, the answer will be “No”. 

Click on something else in the app, then click back on the Upgrade button… then quickly disconnect your PC from the Internet. Turn off Wi-Fi, pull the Ethernet cable, whatever. If you got the timing right, the Zune will let you know that, sure enough, there -is- an upgrade available.

Hook your PC back up to the Internet and install the upgrade. And be aware, this upgrade is actually several of them (7392, 7403, and 7720) that needs to be installed in succession. So  keep checking for upgrades — and disconnecting your PC from thew Net as needed — until you have all of Windows Phone 7.5.

I have no idea why this trick works, and it’s obviously a bug that Microsoft will surely fix in the next version of the Zune software, but in the mean time I’d like to thank the folks at WPCentral for discovering this trick.

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