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I Zunes

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.

Windows Phone Connector for Mac crash

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.

Zune for Windows Phone 7

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. ®

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