Any Windows Phone 7 device can update to NoDo now, regardless of carrier

If you're a Windows Phone 7 owner, you're likely a little annoyed at Microsoft this month because you haven't received the "NoDo" update for your phone yet. Today, we have good news for you.

Chris Walsh, one of the original hackers who put together "ChevronWP7," the first Windows Phone homebrew solution has pulled apart the Windows Phone Upgrade "Support Tools" which were made available online today. The tool attempts to help troubleshoot failed updates on devices, and can even "unbrick" phones.

Chris has discovered a way to update any phone running Windows Phone 7 to any version of the software that is publicaly released by Microsoft. The tool helps get around waiting for carriers, and allows those with any device to update, even if tied to a carrier such as AT&T (who are still "testing" both the February and March updates). The tool allows you to flash any update, provided it has been made available by Microsoft, and allows the user to update any device, no matter what the carrier is.

According to Chris, "All you need to do is run the ChevronWP7.Updater.exe console app and follow the prompts." Sounds pretty easy. Neowin is yet to test the procedure, but we're confident it works from feedback we've gotten. It's worth noting that if you're updating from the RTM build (7004), you'll need to do the process twice, once for the February update, and once for the March update.

The tool is now available in Chris' post, at this link. Flash at your own risk, there's no going back. The full source for the application will be available tomorrow.

Let us know if the update process works for you!

Update: Good news, the update process retains all save games, and does not delete any data from the device.

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I already have NoDo but its asking me to update to NoDo again, most like due to O2 officially releasing it today.

Hope it works for you. I have not had a problem with that card since December of last year. Anyway, their are rumors, for what they are worth, that there may be a Focus specific update after NoDo, which makes some sense. If you updated via this method, you may not have received that update. I know my firmware, radio and bootloader did not change. Some people who recieved the "official" update are reporting these have changed. Take it for what it is worth, rumors.

Here's the error I get when using the tools:

UpdateWP version 4.7.1404

Id: \\?\usb#vid_045e&pid_0710#13d626c-9a0a-2787-c48b-20f13ba86962#{ca3d7387--f67b-11da-bbec-8000600fe800}
SN : xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxxx-xxxxxxx-xxxxxx
Name: T8788
KITLName:QSD8XXX07547600
Manufacturer: HTC
ModelId:1
MobileOperator:
Version 07.00.07004.00-00000

And then I get:

This tool cannot recover the phone. You may want to try again or contact technical support.

....HELP!

I'm just like Shan. The upgrade went through fine. However, now I can't open emails, make phone calls, use the internet, or use any other applications whatsoever. It simply flashes the screen and brings me back to the home screen with the tiles. I tried Hard reset using norseman's way, tried removing the battery rebooting with the volume buttons held down, tried doing Settings> About > Rest Phone, nothing is doing it.

Zune doesn't recognize the phone, it simply lists it as device. Whenever I click on it, I says the phone configuration has to be completed on the Phone, however, I can't open anything on my phone. On a positivie side, I can receive phone calls....yeah!

My phone is an HTC T8788. This OS Version correctly shows 7.0.7390.0, which I believe is the correct build version for NoDo. I'm in Canada, so we have different carriers, which in the end, shouldn't really matter. Anybody can help here? I'm at a loss. Thanks

-Nik

Nik77 said,
I'm just like Shan. The upgrade went through fine. However, now I can't open emails, make phone calls, use the internet, or use any other applications whatsoever. It simply flashes the screen and brings me back to the home screen with the tiles. I tried Hard reset using norseman's way, tried removing the battery rebooting with the volume buttons held down, tried doing Settings> About > Rest Phone, nothing is doing it.

Zune doesn't recognize the phone, it simply lists it as device. Whenever I click on it, I says the phone configuration has to be completed on the Phone, however, I can't open anything on my phone. On a positivie side, I can receive phone calls....yeah!

My phone is an HTC T8788. This OS Version correctly shows 7.0.7390.0, which I believe is the correct build version for NoDo. I'm in Canada, so we have different carriers, which in the end, shouldn't really matter. Anybody can help here? I'm at a loss. Thanks

-Nik


Use the MS tool you downloaded as part of the instructions to un-brick your phone.

If you're a Windows Phone 7 owner, you're likely a little annoyed at Microsoft this month because you haven't received the "NoDo" update for your phone yet.

now this is getting ridiculous.. why would every article regarding WP7 always scream about update nonexistent "problems" and stupid impatience? Initial OS version is good as it is, and have no such desperate need for update.

don't like marketplace "all in one" search? use apps that has filtering search for marketplace.
want copy/paste? without full multitasking it will be pain in the ass to copy from one app and paste to another anyway. and most time there is no need to do that, because of API and integration.
want make it faster? it already is fast (well, except marketplace). only some apps got sluggish performance, I doubt that NoDo will fix someone's bad coding skills..

х.iso said,

now this is getting ridiculous.. why would every article regarding WP7 always scream about update nonexistent "problems" and stupid impatience? Initial OS version is good as it is, and have no such desperate need for update.

don't like marketplace "all in one" search? use apps that has filtering search for marketplace.
want copy/paste? without full multitasking it will be pain in the ass to copy from one app and paste to another anyway. and most time there is no need to do that, because of API and integration.
want make it faster? it already is fast (well, except marketplace). only some apps got sluggish performance, I doubt that NoDo will fix someone's bad coding skills..

What funny cigarettes have you been smoking as I want some....

Please check this

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=836373

The initial OS version is not good at all it never was, rushed to market with a ton of bugs that even this "NoDo" update did not fix. If they are not fixed by the time mango comes around then WP7 is going to fail and they need a miracle to turn it around.

Yes the phone is faster and more responsive after the update, but most of the fundamental bugs and flaws that were present pre-nodo still are there. The update was over hyped and under-delivered.

Noveed said,

What funny cigarettes have you been smoking as I want some....

Please check this

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=836373

The initial OS version is not good at all it never was, rushed to market with a ton of bugs that even this "NoDo" update did not fix. If they are not fixed by the time mango comes around then WP7 is going to fail and they need a miracle to turn it around.

Yes the phone is faster and more responsive after the update, but most of the fundamental bugs and flaws that were present pre-nodo still are there. The update was over hyped and under-delivered.


Really? How many bug-free software do you see?

fbendotti said,
Did not work on my Focus. Phone seems to be ok though. Went through entire process 4 times with no luck. Giving up

Run Windows Phone Support Tools and hit "Recover" then run ChevronWP7.Updater.

Worked perfectly on a Dell Venue Pro, and an LG Quantum (T-Mobile and AT&T, both in the US). Will do my wife's HD7 when I get home.

Worked Perfectly without any problems, this is the first method that has worked for me, excellent spot

If it didnt work just use the Windows Phone Support Tool to unbrick or "restore" it to see what happens.

shan said,
nothing is working here..even i cannot call ...i am screwed..

... and this is probably why it's not been deployed to everyone.

tempted to do it on my AT&T Focus, but don't want THIS to happen. So I will wait.

Why aren't there any unified software updates? Is it because Microsoft can't control which hardware the manufacturers use? I'm speaking as a neutral iPhone user here. Why has MS made the update process so annoying?

tele-fragd said,
Why aren't there any unified software updates? Is it because Microsoft can't control which hardware the manufacturers use? I'm speaking as a neutral iPhone user here. Why has MS made the update process so annoying?

They are unified. It's just that some carriers are still testing the update.

Updated my HD7 ..but now i cannot open mail , message .if i click any mail or message it simply closes ...my contacts too...i really screwed up my phone...

shan said,
Updated my HD7 ..but now i cannot open mail , message .if i click any mail or message it simply closes ...my contacts too...i really screwed up my phone...
Does a hard reset resolve the issue?

shan said,

No..same

shan, do a real hard reset. do a google search or follow the instructions i had posted some weeks ago. you will need to reconfigure your phone, however it will be a clean reinstall of the OS and everything should again work...

I used this to update from 7004 to 7008 and it worked on the second attempt. Can someone tell me if this Focus update is likely to be identical to the upcoming AT&T NoDo? Is it possible that the AT&T NoDo has fixes specific to either AT&T or the Focus?

jimnwnj said,
I used this to update from 7004 to 7008 and it worked on the second attempt. Can someone tell me if this Focus update is likely to be identical to the upcoming AT&T NoDo? Is it possible that the AT&T NoDo has fixes specific to either AT&T or the Focus?

It's my understanding from the last year's worth of research into phone technologies, and following the development of windows phone7 that the device manufacturers would provide 'fixes' in terms of code (aka firmware) for the various components used in the phone.

The carrier tweaks settings and adds their 'fixes' via xml configuration files.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think carriers are allowed to play in the lower levels of the stack, beyond configuration.

This effectively gives all phones the same 'update' as one another regardless of carrier/manufacturer.

It should be noted that Dell have announced firmware fixes specific to their handsets following NoDo. Once those updates are approved they will be delivered to Microsoft to be included in the 'Master Build'.

Should any other handset manufacturer (eyeing Samsung) wish to update the various firmware components they would also need to pass Microsoft approval before being released in an 'out of band' fashion as Dell have done. Once approved they would be included as part of the core OS release for those devices.

Unimatrix Xero said,
anyone know how to get copy and paste working, as i can figure it out lol

Well, it's limited to text boxes in 3rd party apps but it works pretty much everywhere in native apps. Just open IE to some website and tap on a word to highlight it, then you'll get the left and right arrows to drag your selection if you want and you get the Copy icon over the highlighted selection.

There's a good chunk of videos out there that show it.

hello, i have 7390 on my mozart htc… i have install support tools, extract the chevron to downloads and run. i have hit the 5 for german und hit enter. zune closes but the console closed too…. whats wrong ?

I've just had the same, my previous issues with Zune & Hotmail are gone, but Zune is now prompting me that a new update is available... lol

updated my phone using this guy's tools and it updated just fine, everything was still there, then 10 mintues later I reconnected my phone again to my pc to add some more songs and guess what? the god damn update I had been waiting for ages pops up and there it was ready to download. wtf,,lol..

but anways, since I've updated my phone once the illigal way and once through the zune updater, I have to say that speed-wise it feels like I have a new phone now.

popster28 said,
updated my phone using this guy's tools and it updated just fine, everything was still there, then 10 mintues later I reconnected my phone again to my pc to add some more songs and guess what? the god damn update I had been waiting for ages pops up and there it was ready to download. wtf,,lol..

but anways, since I've updated my phone once the illigal way and once through the zune updater, I have to say that speed-wise it feels like I have a new phone now.

Does it mean that Zune has identified the installed "illigal" update as fake ? Shouldn't Zune acknowledged that you have already an uptodate OS and not serve you the same update ?

alexalex said,

Does it mean that Zune has identified the installed "illigal" update as fake ? Shouldn't Zune acknowledged that you have already an uptodate OS and not serve you the same update ?


First, it's not "fake". Second, he only ran ChevronWP7.Updater once so he got updated to 7008 and then he uses the Zune Software to update to 7390.

nope, before i installed the update from the this guy, i checked to see if i had any updates and there wasn't any but after installing the update the illigal way I connected my phone to my laptop and zune poped, after the sync i clicked on setting and clicked update and there it was. it didnt say i had already installed the update or not, it just installed it.

alexalex said,

Does it mean that Zune has identified the installed "illigal" update as fake ? Shouldn't Zune acknowledged that you have already an uptodate OS and not serve you the same update ?

I replied before but either the mods deleted it or I didnt click the Add Reply B,,anyways.
when i installed the first update "illigal" one, like I said, i connected my phone to my laptop about 10 mins later, after the sync i clicked on settings and clicked update and there it was, just updated it again and zune software didnt acknowledge I had already installed the same update.

day2die said,

First, it's not "fake". Second, he only ran ChevronWP7.Updater once so he got updated to 7008 and then he uses the Zune Software to update to 7390.


maybe that's the case? yes I ran it once, but the 7008 update was already installed and when I ran the "ChevronWP7.Updater ", afterwards I tested the phone to see if it had cut&paste and did, this was before the second install through the zune software.

Who would have thought a couple of months ago that WP7 users will have to use an illigal app to jailbreak their devices not to sideload applications (like in iPhone), but to install a legal OS updates.

alexalex said,
Who would have thought a couple of months ago that WP7 users will have to use an illigal app to jailbreak their devices not to sideload applications (like in iPhone), but to install a legal OS updates.

I don't think this is a jailbreak - I posted above asking the question whether it is or not. I'd rather not jailbreak if that's the case.

alexalex said,
Who would have thought a couple of months ago that WP7 users will have to use an illigal app to jailbreak their devices not to sideload applications (like in iPhone), but to install a legal OS updates.

Who ever said anything about jailbreaking? This uses Microsoft's Windows Phone Support Tools to install updates.

day2die said,

Who ever said anything about jailbreaking? This uses Microsoft's Windows Phone Support Tools to install updates.

ChevronWP7.Updater.exe is an illigal (by Microsoft) "jailbreaking" app.

day2die said,

ChevronWP7.Updater doesn't "jailbreak" anything.

Yes it is for sideloading. That is why Microsoft pulled it down.

Regardless of whether or not it's a technically a jailbreak, it's a workaround for an update that Microsoft and carriers have not worked to provide. It's a workaround. And I'm sure it's frustrating for this process to not to be officially supported.

Mr.ed said,
Samsung Focus US, with AT&T... using NoDo beautifully.
No errors or trouble with email? I have the same device and carrier, I may have to do this when I get home today.

Mr.ed said,
Samsung Focus US, with AT&T... using NoDo beautifully.

Also AT&T US and Samsung Focus. No problems with data, email, sms etc? Do you have an SD card? If so, is it more stable?

jimnwnj said,

Also AT&T US and Samsung Focus. No problems with data, email, sms etc? Do you have an SD card? If so, is it more stable?

I have added an SD card to my phone. Thanks for sharing! I'll give this a shot when I get home tonight.

Data is working normally. The marketplace updated some apps with no issues. Email works normally too. Hotmail and gmail.

Marketplace search is awesome, so is copy and paste.

It does feel more snappy and stable the os.

Sadly, i dont have a second sd card (yet) to test if everything works better now.

Mr.Ed

I will confirm that Microsoft's way of updating NoDo with AT&T works since all these ways work as well. lol!

Sounds like a Lot of Problems. /facepalm.
xD, Get an iPhone, do the Jailbreak or get an Android do the root (and suffer without good games, only Angry Birds and a lot of emulators)

Apologies but i'm not annoyed at Microsoft. It's my carrier who's letting me down (Deutsche Telekom - UK). They are the ones holding things up and are supplying their customer services with pitiful information. "Where's my NoDo?" ... "What's a NoDo?" /facepalm.

Alansonit said,
"Where's my NoDo?" ... "What's a NoDo?" /facepalm.

Do you really expect every customer service representative for a network provider to know what NoDo is? If so, then it's you that deserves the "facepalm". Have a lil' patience.

Manish said,

Do you really expect every customer service representative for a network provider to know what NoDo is? If so, then it's you that deserves the "facepalm". Have a lil' patience.

Sorry i was paraphrasing, what i was trying to say was that they were totally unaware and had absolutely no information of the patch even existing. It wasn't there fault but just a total detachment from the top.

Oh wow. Just, wow. I understand people want the update immediately, but do we really need to risk major problems with these workarounds? How about risking the warranty? How about risking the bricking of the phone?

Microsoft and AT&T and others are taking their sweet time testing, presumably to ensure that the update process will go smoothly and so we can update it properly, without any risk to product or warranty.

There is no way I'm going to perform the article's method of upgrading, and Neowin should at the very least say that they do not recommend doing this, and that users should be very careful about risking the product or their warranty.

Patience will prevail. Seriously. I like my device, and do not want to risk breaking it!

PUC_Snakeman said,
Oh wow. Just, wow. I understand people want the update immediately, but do we really need to risk major problems with these workarounds? How about risking the warranty? How about risking the bricking of the phone?

Microsoft and AT&T and others are taking their sweet time testing, presumably to ensure that the update process will go smoothly and so we can update it properly, without any risk to product or warranty.

There is no way I'm going to perform the article's method of upgrading, and Neowin should at the very least say that they do not recommend doing this, and that users should be very careful about risking the product or their warranty.

Patience will prevail. Seriously. I like my device, and do not want to risk breaking it!

I have a Focus as well on AT&T and I agree with you. I really do not want to risk bricking my phone. I just hope AT&T gets their act together soon.

PUC_Snakeman said,

Microsoft and AT&T and others are taking their sweet time testing, presumably to ensure that the update process will go smoothly and so we can update it properly, without any risk to product or warranty.

You may presume that if you wish. I think most people presume that taking their sweet time as more to do with planned/forced obsolescence and their desire to sell more handsets/extend more contracts.

Unimatrix Xero said,
just completed both updates and all running perfectly, even kepted all my settings, apps, emails and pictures!!

thanks alot!!!!!

Thank you for doing this and reporting back. I have the same phone and network as you so it's good to know it all worked well. I'm going to do this tomorrow.

mad_onion said,

Thank you for doing this and reporting back. I have the same phone and network as you so it's good to know it all worked well. I'm going to do this tomorrow.

No worrys Onion, glad to be the test pilot lol

Unimatrix Xero said,

No worrys Onion, glad to be the test pilot lol


have you seen any error codes that MaxBurke saw (a bit above your post)

dhan said,

have you seen any error codes that MaxBurke saw (a bit above your post)

working perfectly, even sent a test email to my hotmail account to make sure, also connection to the zune surface is all good as well

Unimatrix Xero said,

working perfectly, even sent a test email to my hotmail account to make sure, also connection to the zune surface is all good as well


thanks for responding - I am going to try this soon

KavazovAngel said,
Try the usual 'disconnecting from the internet while checking for updates' before any other method!

Why? This is much more reliable.

Owen W said,

Why? This is much more reliable.

LOL you are crazy. Simply disabling your internet connection is much more safer and you're not doing anything that'll possibly void your warranty. Flashing your phone is ridiculous.

j2006 said,
LOL you are crazy. Simply disabling your internet connection is much more safer and you're not doing anything that'll possibly void your warranty. Flashing your phone is ridiculous.

He said reliable, not safer. I would say that this is more reliable, it works the first time (in theory) when compared to guessing the right time to disable your internet connection to trick Zune. But... since AT&T has yet to release the update for their customers, the disabling internet for a branded & locked device won't work as the update is not published.

j2006 said,

LOL you are crazy. Simply disabling your internet connection is much more safer and you're not doing anything that'll possibly void your warranty. Flashing your phone is ridiculous.


This uses the exact same process Zune uses, I don't see how it's not safe. Trying to force updates doing any "trick" will void your warranty, just to be clear.

Owen W said,

This uses the exact same process Zune uses, I don't see how it's not safe. Trying to force updates doing any "trick" will void your warranty, just to be clear.

Whatever.

KavazovAngel said,

Dude. Seriously?

Safer to flash the phone than just turning off your internet connection?

I can only assume reliable as in its got more of a chance to work, i tried the VPN trick and disconnecting WLAN/Ethernet cable and it did not work for me, this method worked flawlessly first time with no negative effects that I have found. It is reliable as any method. Updating it in any case is flashing the phone...just because its not using zune directly does not make it any less dangerous

DerAusgewanderte said,
the original post said dev unlocked (not carrier). I guess I happened to be too fast with my post and it got changed.

Sorry, just wanted to clarify. It doesn't need a dev unlock either

Owen
My post clearly talks about something that now has nothing to do with the article and I would like you to remove my posts from your news article comments section (including the trail it left)
Hope that is ok and thank you for keeping us updated

Owen W said,

;-/ Should work. What goes wrong.

Didn't some Samsung phones get a firmware update along with NoDo the official way though? I remember reading posts about this. So while they're the same Focus he might have that older firmware that's caused problems.

Be Very Carefull here

I've just done this on a HTC Mozart 7 With Orange and I can no longer access Hotmail on the device, and Zune no longer checks for updates for the device.

Could be MS Servers but I doubt it

Max

MaxBurke said,
Be Very Carefull here

I've just done this on a HTC Mozart 7 With Orange and I can no longer access Hotmail on the device, and Zune no longer checks for updates for the device.

Could be MS Servers but I doubt it

Max


Doesn't sound good, what build do you have on the device now?

MaxBurke said,
Be Very Carefull here

I've just done this on a HTC Mozart 7 With Orange and I can no longer access Hotmail on the device, and Zune no longer checks for updates for the device.

Could be MS Servers but I doubt it

Max


What language did you have before?

Tom W said,

Doesn't sound good, what build do you have on the device now?

I am now running 7.0.7390.0
Copy & Paste is working & The device is a lot faster

Just did my Focus. Everything looks to be ok, but the Updater.exe is hanging even though my phone looks fully booted. Ill give it a few more minutes. The NoDo update took the longest at 441 seconds

MikeInBA said,
Just did my Focus. Everything looks to be ok, but the Updater.exe is hanging even though my phone looks fully booted. Ill give it a few more minutes. The NoDo update took the longest at 441 seconds

Ya, the Updater.exe crashed timing out "waiting for the phone to boot", but it already was. So i disconnected, and ran through some apps. Everything seemed to work perfectly. Im in total JOY with the market place search improvements.

Omen1393 said,
Does this tool void the warranty at all? And does the update format the phone too?

Only if you tell your manufacturer you did it
I believe it performs the process outside of Zune, so you'll lose anything not backed up. let me verify this for you.

Owen W said,

Only if you tell your manufacturer you did it
I believe it performs the process outside of Zune, so you'll lose anything not backed up. let me verify this for you.

I was wrong. It keeps everything.

The article clearly states that it is carrier updates that are mostly affected, not handsets that aren't tied/locked to a contract.

And I don't even have a WP7 to understand the meaning of this article lol

DerAusgewanderte said,
huh? I updated mine without Chevron or dev unlocked fine. The title makes it sound like that was a requirement. It's not.
It's for people who's carrier don't have the update yet

Rudy said,
It's for people who's carrier don't have the update yet

I do not have a screen shot, but the original article clearly said dev unlocked and it was modified. The author might want to clarify that to make me not look like a fool.

Neobond said,
The article clearly states that it is carrier updates that are mostly affected, not handsets that aren't tied/locked to a contract.

And I don't even have a WP7 to understand the meaning of this article lol


yeah, I agree that only a fool would write what I wrote, but the article got changed from dev unlocked to carrier.

I hope this workaround keeps working and Microsoft doesn't break it next time around. people with WP need to have apple-like access to updates. F*ck the carriers, because thats what holds this back and shame on MS for not setting up deals with the handset makers or the carriers for updates to happen no matter what (apple-like).

Carriers in the USA will be the longest to test updates because they dislike the idea of people being able to update phones, they would rather have you buy a new handset.