Microsoft warn against WP7 homebrew in order to receive update early

Just over a week ago, Neowin reported that you could get your NoDo update early by using a homebrew alternative. We tested it too and to our surprise it worked.

However today Microsoft has warned against using homebrew software in order to get the update early when they said on their blog ‘but my strong advice is: wait. If you attempt one of these workarounds, we can’t say for sure what might happen to your phone because we haven’t fully tested these homebrew techniques. You might not be getting the important device-specific software we would typically deliver in the official update. Or your phone might get misconfigured and not receive future updates.’

Microsoft quite clearly doesn’t want to be putting peoples phones at risk, they state in their post that they haven’t tested out the homebrew update and by going ahead and using it you might not get important device-specific software that usually comes with the official updates. They even go on to say that getting the update early would also void your phone warranty.

It’s understandable that Microsoft would be against the homebrew alternative however problems are unlikely. Those users who have reported problems with the homebrew it seems were the result of user error with not following the instructions correctly and not problems with the software.

On Monday Chris Walsh, the developer behind ChevronWP7 removed the update from his website. He claimed it was because of hosting issues however one could speculate that it was because of pressure from Microsoft to remove it. Whatever the real reason was, it was a little too late for Walsh as the update later was available through numerous mirrors.

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I wouldn't worry about it. Let's say this breaks compatibility with Microsoft's official update process - so what? Just use a home-brew method to load the next update, months before the carriers would otherwise approve it.

I never understand people who are desperate to get the latest update before it's actually released. You're only gonna have to wait for the next uprate after that, so why not wait a couple of extra months?

Movies are one thing but a software update?

Mr Spoon said,
I never understand people who are desperate to get the latest update before it's actually released. You're only gonna have to wait for the next uprate after that, so why not wait a couple of extra months?

Movies are one thing but a software update?

I dunno, copy and paste are 2 quite useful features. I still can't get why Microsoft chose not to include them at release.

"You might not be getting the important device-specific software we would typically deliver in the official update" um I still havent recieved the 1st PRE update and Im supposed to think they'll be able to deliver future updates?

Well, I already used the Chevron (before MS gave the warning) and I didn't notice any adverse effects yet. What shall I do now? I have all the features that NoDo provided. What if I voided my warranty?

I like NoDo and I can not lie
You other brothers can't deny
That when a noob walks in with a phone with no update
And a question in your face
You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
'Cause you notice that microsoft bull*
Deep in the things theyr'e saying
I'm hooked and I can't stop swearing...

Of course they are against it. I can't imagine MS saying "go ahead, it seems you know what you are doing, should be fine" Make a few changes in the registry and after nodo update revert back if you are afraid you might prevent a smooth next update. The same with any windows. Make changes to the registry, take the risk of hosing your system. This is different from a statement that says "this might/will render your device inoperable". The next part is that if you haven't used the Chevron update then you have a backup on your Zune from the state before nodo.

Of cause Microsoft is not recommending it.

If you chose the wrong language when using the Chevron.WP7 Updater, your phone will be brick (eg. IE, Zune, and mail won't open). The only fix is to flash a new ROM.

Getting it through Zune through the unbranded hack shouldn't hinder anything I do, as I got everything straight from Microsoft in an unaltered form.

Alan Cone said,
Getting it through Zune through the unbranded hack shouldn't hinder anything I do, as I got everything straight from Microsoft in an unaltered form.

It's just a typical generic Microsoft's respond.

I updated my Samsung Focus though the Chevron.WP7 Updater. Hopefully it wont affect future updates. I like copy & paste but I have noticed some apps are actually taking longer to start. Like their would a much longer black screen before some apps load (which didn't do it before).

wixostrix said,
I updated my Samsung Focus though the Chevron.WP7 Updater. Hopefully it wont affect future updates. I like copy & paste but I have noticed some apps are actually taking longer to start. Like their would a much longer black screen before some apps load (which didn't do it before).

It wouldn't. This is just a generic respond.