Windows Phone 7 Series emulator unlocked

When Microsoft released their Windows Phone 7 Series emulator, some of the features were locked, but that was merely a task for Dan Ardelean, owner of “Mobile Development” blog.  Dan posted that he successfully unlocked the features in the emulator.

Dan wrote, “After a good idea, 6 hours of work and a lot a lot of digging I've unlocked the ROM image in the emulator CTP".  Microsoft restricted use of all the unfinished features, but it took Dan only 6 hours to unlock them all.

Dan didn’t post exactly how he did it, but provided screenshots of the interface as an example of what is hidden.  He even mentioned that the phone has a file explorer, and a task manager.  He did say he would share how to unlock it, if Microsoft permitted it - for educational purposes only, later on today.

The link to the unlocked emulator was quickly removed, fearing Microsoft wouldn’t react kindly to the modified version.

I have decided to take down the link because Microsoft could get upset and I don't really want that (if someone at Microsoft will tell me that it doesn't bother them I will put it back).

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aaaaah... seriously.. american commercials are so boring! And this commercial in particular is just flat out boredom.... it's about time Microsoft makes a commercial that people take note of. Don't get me wrong, the product seems really cool... I'm just so tired of stuff like "this was my idea" And this winmo commercial doesn't stand out from the crowd in any way. In my opinion the best MS ad ever is this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGvHNNOLnCk =)

dimithrak said,
I cannot wait to own this device... Although I still dont see myself using office that much..

I can't wait either. As for Office, I just hope that this version fixes the bugs in older mobile versions... There were a lot of issues with saved files, and sending them back to desktop versions... I hope this has all been rectified.

The task manager is probably only for Microsoft to use to debug. A file manager, though, is interesting. That might stay available to users.

fmorel90 said,
The task manager is probably only for Microsoft to use to debug. A file manager, though, is interesting. That might stay available to users.

no, for security reason the media edition of windows phone 7 will not allow the user to alter the filesystem. Everything will be sandboxed in this version.

However, in the business version of windows phone 7 series there will probably be both the task manager and the file explorer, since there will be more freedom (probably unsandboxed application development and multitasking)

link8506 said,

no, for security reason the media edition of windows phone 7 will not allow the user to alter the filesystem. Everything will be sandboxed in this version.

However, in the business version of windows phone 7 series there will probably be both the task manager and the file explorer, since there will be more freedom (probably unsandboxed application development and multitasking)

They should still be in there just locked like they were on this emulator before this happened.

So if this holds, and MS doesn't rip the code out of the final for some reason, then they could very well be unlocked again. Then anyone who wants to use them can. And everyone will be happy!

Cluttered and busy? How... It doesn't multitask, it doesn't have anymore or less than 3 specific buttons, sandboxed apps. Like windows phone classic seems to be the one that is cluttered.

warwagon said,
Personally I think the new UI looks a bit cluttered and busy.

-1

I agree with Electric.. it's not busy at all... it's much more clean and seamless.. wheras classic was a lot more busier and required more work to get to what you needed

joemailey said,
The more I see, the less I like. Just doesn't look as nice as Android or iPhone OS

what are you talking about? The screenshots are not from something the end user will ever see.

joemailey said,
The more I see, the less I like. Just doesn't look as nice as Android or iPhone OS

lol... u obviously haven't done ur research... i agree with the other 2... these shots and many of the other shots are either behind-the-scene shots or static shots... check out the vids and even wait till u can test it out yourself... I actually give props to MS for going outside the box and making this great UI

ricknl said,

what are you talking about? The screenshots are not from something the end user will ever see.

Really? The end user won't ever see the home screen, or the quick jump to applications? This is exactly what the end user will see (Aside from some tweaking done between now and release)...

With that said, I still like it. But to each their own...

M_Lyons10 said,

Really? The end user won't ever see the home screen, or the quick jump to applications? This is exactly what the end user will see (Aside from some tweaking done between now and release)...

With that said, I still like it. But to each their own...

they won't see a task manager. And most stuff in the emulator is broken like zune for example. Plus on my emulator I'm not seeing any effects or animations, so nobody is going to have fun with that in the emulator. Or is it just my emulator with no animations? Does anyone have animations like the when you leave an app. I don't, it just goes instantly to homescreen.

I'm not sure how well I like the interface. Just my preference but there's too much black. Either way I doubt Microsoft will allow the unlocked version to be shared.

RedFlow said,
... too much black.

You can change the colours.. and plus I like the black.. it looks more sleek and sexy on those types of screens, and it's different and similar to the Zune HD.. which I love.

j2006 said,

You can change the colours.. and plus I like the black.. it looks more sleek and sexy on those types of screens, and it's different and similar to the Zune HD.. which I love.

Have to agree and I thought I would hate the ZuneHD but ended up loving the UI and is one of the reasons I bought a couple for my personal use. I have a background in graphic design and there is a difference between generic and elegant, and the ZuneHD leans far closer to elegant, where I would rate a simple UI like Google.com as ugly/generic.

RedFlow said,
I'm not sure how well I like the interface. Just my preference but there's too much black. Either way I doubt Microsoft will allow the unlocked version to be shared.

Well, the black is a choice made to prolong battery life as well. Because LED screens don't have to light black pixels, so it causes the battery to last longer... And you can change the colors as well if you so desire.

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, the black is a choice made to prolong battery life as well. Because LED screens don't have to light black pixels, so it causes the battery to last longer... And you can change the colors as well if you so desire.

OLED*

Squaids said,
Great, now I want to put it on my touch pr0. =-P

uhm no. It probably cannot support it because it's a different type of install and not a regular ROM. Plus where are you going to get the drivers for the buttons, resistive touch screen that isn't multitouch, the screen resolution, etc. It's not possible so give up!

Electric Jolt said,

uhm no. It probably cannot support it because it's a different type of install and not a regular ROM. Plus where are you going to get the drivers for the buttons, resistive touch screen that isn't multitouch, the screen resolution, etc. It's not possible so give up!

Hey! At xda, anything is possible!

Electric Jolt said,

uhm no. It probably cannot support it because it's a different type of install and not a regular ROM. Plus where are you going to get the drivers for the buttons, resistive touch screen that isn't multitouch, the screen resolution, etc. It's not possible so give up!

Calm down, mate. He said he wants to, he didn't say he's going to. Just like I want an i7 rig, doesn't mean I'm going to buy one.

Pauleh said,

Calm down, mate. He said he wants to, he didn't say he's going to. Just like I want an i7 rig, doesn't mean I'm going to buy one.

But he acts like some slave is going to get all this for him. No, not happening. It's going to be a shame if this happens. I don't want this to happen. I'm with Microsoft on this one, a fresh start. As far as those older devices go, it would be ****ty. It has no multitouch, how would you do anything on the device without it, and what about the resistive touc screen, you would have to calibrate it and how can you do that, this isn't possible and he has so
much hope! It's longhorn all over again! Longhorn isn't happening, windows phone 7 series isn't happening on those phones.

Electric Jolt said,

But he acts like some slave is going to get all this for him. No, not happening. It's going to be a shame if this happens. I don't want this to happen. I'm with Microsoft on this one, a fresh start. As far as those older devices go, it would be ****ty. It has no multitouch, how would you do anything on the device without it, and what about the resistive touc screen, you would have to calibrate it and how can you do that, this isn't possible and he has so
much hope! It's longhorn all over again! Longhorn isn't happening, windows phone 7 series isn't happening on those phones.

Seemed all he said was that he wanted it. Nothing like "I want someone to make it available.." or anything like that. Didn't seem like it was all demanding to me.

Squaids said,

Hey! At xda, anything is possible!

He said it like now he wants to put it on his phone as if can just be done by someone. Then he says the above as if everybody at xda is going to the dirty work for him.

Here's an idea, the new Windows Phones are gonna be bad-ass! Your old phone is nothing compared to them and your battery life will suck ass. Plus the entire UI is designed for 2 screen resolutions. I'm assuming that the smaller devices will come later, I think I heard that was happening. That means the higher screen resolution is being designed for. You can't choose a random screen resolution and know it's going to work, the entire UI is being designed for these 2 specific screen resolutions, and this random one isn't going to look pretty, images distorted, text lost, panning uncorrectly thanks to unsupported touch screen, etc. This is stupid altogether, and it's too much work for a bad experience.

All of this was thought out and he says anything is possible at xda...not when it's not worth it.

Plus I would be OK if it was an HD2 because it's big and has a multitouch screen, it would be worth it and less work but this device is comparable to a flip phone regarding qualifying hacking up an upgrade.

Squaids said,

Hey! At xda, anything is possible!

this port is not possible...it cannot run on any current phone. xda devs have already said it can NOT be ported. i wish you guys would stop getting your hopes up. if you want wp7 you will have to buy a new phone with it preloaded or hope for a decent wp7 theme to come out.

fixxxer2010 said,

this port is not possible...it cannot run on any current phone. xda devs have already said it can NOT be ported. i wish you guys would stop getting your hopes up. if you want wp7 you will have to buy a new phone with it preloaded or hope for a decent wp7 theme to come out.

See? I said this isn't possible and he says anything is possible at xda. In a way, it's more than the truth, it does annoy me when people do think people are gods and will make everything fall out of the sky for them.