A Boot Camp reboot later and I had the phone plumbed into Zune. If this didn’t work then I’d be screwed. And it didn’t... and for a moment I thought I was. The update and instal process just seem to fly through various stages, and then nothing. The black and white logo that comes up on the phone appeared to be suggesting I plug it in. And seeing as it was plugged in already, I guess I had to unplug/replug it and ignore all those don’t unplug warnings. Twenty minutes of hesitation later, I pulled the plug.
The handset view: the bar on the top left indicates installation progress
A warning flashed up saying my phone might be OK or it might not. The latter apparently being due to the fact that no back-up had been completed. As the phone blinked at me, I waited in hope that the other possibility – that the phone would restore itself from its previous state – would come to pass. Indeed it did. I was still on version 7.0.7008.0 and Zune was telling me that it had tried to instal version 7.0.7392.0. So I gave it another go. It took longer to go through its various stages but worked this time. Still no Mango though.
With the HTC Trophy still tethered, Zune reported another update – so it seemed like this was going to be a cumulative process. However, version 7.0.7403.0, that was now on its way to being installed, didn’t suggest it was a major leap in dot releases. It occurred to me to unplug and give it a go on Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac, but the fear of the phone becoming a brick was still fresh in my mind, so I persevered with Zune. Also, this update suggested that there was more than one to be installed, and indeed this was so.
At least Zune tells you what version you're installing
Another reboot and then version 7.10.7720 was coming into land, but it took its time. The numbering didn’t make sense (unless you look it up), why was Windows Phone 7.5 showing as 7.10? Still, it seemed likely that Mango was being squeezed into my HTC Trophy, especially as it took 45 minutes to get there – and I wasn’t wrong. Shame I couldn’t have managed it on the Mac software though – ah, those pesky uncaught exceptions... If the Windows Phone forums are anything to go by, I'm not the only one. ®
Updating to Windows Phone 7.5
If you spot a linux user using their own Windows Phone mobile you're automatically granted 3 wishes.
Don't get sucked in though, they're rarer than leprechauns.
A step backwards
Good one MS, Android updates without a computer, get with the new century.
Worst article title ever
"Updating to Windows Phone 7.5"
There I was thinking this might be a review of 7.5 or something useful... instead it's a whole article about updating your phone using a minority OS. I'm sure it's interesting to the other Mac users who wanted to upgrade their WP7 devices (all 4 of them) but would a descriptive title be OK next time...
At the risk of sounding linke one of those tedious "it worked fine for me" types:
It worked fine for me.
Same phone, but all updates were done from Win 7. One update to prepare for Mango, accompanied by a little excitement about getting Mango, then a relisation that it was to prepare for Mango, when the next update came down straight afterwards. I can't really tell you how long Mango took, I went to the pub and when I was back the phone was working fine on Mango.
I quite like it, most of the differences are not initially obvious, but they are there and it does make for a nice OS to use.
And Linux users get...
a decent non W7 phone...