Jan 302013
 

So there has been news that Windows Phone 7.8 would be made available today at a certain time.

When the time hit, Zune reported no updates… I decided to give the “Disconnected Internet” trick a shot. and BAM an update is available! Right now I’m going to OS Version 7.10.8779.8 but I’m assuming this is a prerequisite for Windows Phone 7.8.

PLEASE NOTE: NEVER UN PLUG YOUR PHONE FROM THE COMPUTER WHEN THE UPDATE IS ACTUALLY INSTALLING ON THE PHONE ITSELF. THIS CAN DAMAGE YOUR PHONE.

To force the update:

1) Turn off cellular data, and Wifi on your Lumia 900.

2) Connect to Zune, check for updates. It won’t detect one.

3) Change to a different tab other than update in the settings.

4) Disconnect phone, then reconnect it.

5) Now, get ready. You will need to hit the “Update” button and unplug the network cable from your computer exactly 2 seconds after hitting this button. It will present an update is available!

6) Reconnect internet, then hit Update!

7) Now update!

8) Repeat a few times, I’ll post how many updates there are below!

 

You will need to perform this a bunch of times to make sure that all the prerequisite updates and 7.8 itself gets installed! I’m updating this post as I’m performing this! If you don’t have luck, keep trying! I think the update servers are getting hammered pretty hard, so this may have an effect on plugging the internet at the right time!

First Update (to):
7.10.8779.8

Second Update (to):
7.10.8783.12

Third Update (to):
7.10.8858.136

I’ve had to perform the trick over 10 times to get these 3 updates! Keep trying if it doesn’t work.

Description for the 3rd update looks like it is Windows Phone 7.8. I’ve embedded a screenshot below:

Update for Lumia 900 on Rogers using Zune Disconnect Trick. Third update is 7.10.8858.136

Update for Lumia 900 on Rogers using Zune Disconnect Trick. Third update is 7.10.8858.136

 

  153 Responses to “Upgrade to Windows Phone 7.8 on a Nokia Lumia 900 (Rogers Branded)”

  1. Hi Ameer,

    It should work if the update exists! Again, for me I used 2 second timings, and it worked. Keep trying!

  2. Since I’d posted about having issues earlier, I thought I would say how I, after at least 100 attempts, managed to get 7.8 working. I had put flight mode on, and waited 5 seconds before turning my wifi off while looking for updates, worked first time, for the last 2 updates. I love being able to customise more stuff.

  3. OK, I keep trying your steps, for step 5 I unplug the network connection and it cant connect to the update service. Is it trying to use the phone??

  4. Hi Mark,

    You hit the update button in Zune, then you disconnect your computer from the Internet. You don’t touch the cable between the phone and the computer.

  5. But you need to count exactly 2 seconds from when you click the update button, between when you un plug the network cable.

  6. Im trying it from Holland. Not working. No matter how many seconds I wait. Zune gives an error that the phone is not connect or that I do not have an internet connection..

    Nokia and wp are starting to annoy me more and more..

  7. Ok, I comment what I did. Was similar than original steps but skipping some ones.
    1.Connect the phone to the pc and open Zune (If it doesn’t open automatically).
    2.Go to the update option into settings.
    3.Wait about 4 seconds and turnoff wifi. (check time review below in this comment)
    4. If doesn’t work, change selected option (go to another one like “sync groups”) and repeat from step 2.

    I realized that the time to turn off the wifi (or unplug the cable) should be about 1/2 to 3/4 part of the total time zune takes to check updates. The total time depends on you connection speed, so 2 seconds could be too long as too short.

    I’ve had to do this a few times for each update.

    Hope this helps!!!

  8. Still getting the message that my pc is not connected to the internet time and time again

  9. Trying this on a Lumia 800 in UK on Vodafone. First updated applied via Zune without trying the above. No more updates since then (after about 5 hours). Waiting any longer than 2 seconds after clicking on “Update”, Zune goes straight to an ‘up to date’ message.

  10. I’m sure the MS update servers are just getting hammered right now. So this might be what is causing some of the issues that people are having.

    All I can recommend is to keep trying. I had to do this over 5 times to get the first update. The second came easily (after 3 tries). The third update, I had to perform the trick over 10 times…

  11. Had to try a few times, but it worked like a charm.
    Running an unlocked AT&T Samsung Focus rev1.4 on Bell (Canada)

  12. Okay this is not working for me and I don’t know what I am doing wrong…

  13. just try this method and it worked!!!! lumia 900 personal argentina, updating now, its all about the timming and i can confirm its 2 seconds regards :)

  14. This works great.. You need to get timing right. I am now running 7.8 ..Don’t wait for Rogers to push the update,,,Thank you for the info

  15. Had to comment. Rodrigo (No. 7) nailed it! It’s dependant on your internet speed. About 3/4 of the time it takes to check for an update is when you disconnect the network connection.

    First update on its way!

  16. Nice! This worked for me…the trick like Timmy said is to disconnect it at 3/4 the time it takes to check for an update….ROGERS LUMIA 900…I didn’t get 3 updates but rather 2…one that said Nokia Update and the 2nd being 7.8

  17. THANKS! This worked for me… AT&T Lumia 900. Northern California. It was 3.5 seconds for me.

  18. Confirmed for me in DC. took just two updates to get to build 8858 though, if that helps.

  19. Nice, vodafone in the Netherlands and it runs smoooothhhh

  20. Thanks everybody for sharing your hints and experiences, I’ve got the first update running now. Updating your phone shouldn’t be this hard…

  21. Didn’t work with the Mac Windows Phone software but after trying 5 times on a PC it worked and it’s downloading right now- thanks for the tip!

  22. If I put the phone on to flight mode – zune tells me it has problems connecting to the update services…if I turn data back on it just tells me I’m up to date ?

  23. Hi Carlos_C,

    I’m not sure if it’s “flight mode” that’s causing your issues. Instead of using flight mode, try what I suggested in the instructions. Simply turn off Wi-Fi, and then disable cellular data.

  24. 4 seconds is the magic number for me

  25. My AT&T Samsung Focus is still not updating. My Lumia 900 was updated with this trick.

  26. It worked! In L900 by Rogers. The normal time on my PC was 9s, so I left with about a 3 to 4s. As the amount of atulizações not matter since it’s the last 8858.136 because the updates are cumulative, all in one comes earlier.

  27. Used with the flight mode

  28. Nope …disconnected – switched off wifi – then data, reconnected – checked for updates – wait about 40 s and then get “can’t check for updates right now. Please try later -we are having trouble connecting to the update service”

    So I try unplugging network with the phones data turned on and then checking for updates – it tells me my phone is up to date….which seems to me that it’s checking the update status through the phones’ 3g and not checking via the lan….really odd

  29. Worked with me on my Lumia 800, took like 2 hours though but installing the 3rd and last update now :D thanks for the post

  30. Can’t seem to get the timing right :'(
    (lumia 800)

  31. SWEDEN.
    Updating 2/3 right now! Happy:)

    Can cinform that 2sec is correct, as long as the total “update search time” is 3sec. Took me a while to get the timing, but it works:)
    Thanks!

  32. I have a unlocked Nokia lumia 900 at Rogers but when I get the update is available on my phone it won’t let me update anything, please help

  33. Wow! That ACTUALLY worked! Thanks! Wind Mobile Lumia 710 :)

  34. works on my end, I think it depends on the speed of your internet. Our service here has the basic speed, it takes 8 secs to check an update, I turn off wifi on my laptop after 6 secs. able to update it with 8 tries. thnx for this info Steve and to Rodrigo, your shortcut works. :D

  35. Does this method work for the Samsung Focus Flash i677? Is it even available for my device? I’ve been trying for hours.

  36. Just commenting to say thanks, this worked for me.

    if you having trouble, run the update thing a few times timing it. I had to wait a day until the times were consistent, then let it run for 3/4 of however long and you should be good to go. took about 3 tries for the first update, 2 for the second (I only had 2)

    Cheers!

  37. Yeah this really works here in Finland too :-) . Just updating my 710.

  38. worked for me in Slovenia with Lumia 900! You need to wait 4 seconds before unpluging the ethernet!

  39. This work, thank a lot for stephenwagner and NOKIA!! and Microsoft too!

  40. i’m from indonesian:D this work

  41. worked for me too.

    I found it was about 4.5 seconds with my connection speed. Thanks or the tip!

  42. Update in progress :p

    Had to turn the flight mode on!

    Thank you guy ;)

  43. Samsung Omnia 7 upgraded from 7.5 -> 7.8 successfully.

    Thanks for the instructions!! :)

  44. I’ve been trying this a bunch of different ways on my HTC Trophy here in the US, but when I check for updates, I can hardly count to 2 before it returns the result that I’m up to date. So I’ve tried disconnecting immediately after clicking back to update from elsewhere, and that returns the message that I can’t connect to the update service right now. If I wait longer than about a second to do the disconnect, it still just says that my phone is up to date. I’ve tried this with both flight mode on and just wifi/data manually turned off. Any other ideas?

  45. Dude thank you!!!!!
    I managed to get the time right ( I did 1, a, b, c, 2, a, b, c) and I had to for 3 updates then another Nokia update automatically installed,
    So thank you again I can’t believe something like that would work!!
    Lumia 800 Vodafone UK.

  46. I did the update trick and my phone said i have an update so i connected my computer back to the internet and then it said my phone is up to date…. :( i must be doing something right since my phone said that therre was an update…what am i doing wrong

  47. Nokia lumia 900 ( France ) upgrade successfully . Thank you. It’s ok for me with the method of “Rodrigo”:

    => “1.Connect the phone to the pc and open Zune (If it doesn’t open automatically).
    2.Go to the update option into settings.
    3.Wait about 4 seconds and turnoff wifi. (check time review below in this comment)
    4. If doesn’t work, change selected option (go to another one like “sync groups”) and repeat from step 2.

    I realized that the time to turn off the wifi (or unplug the cable) should be about 1/2 to 3/4 part of the total time zune takes to check updates. The total time depends on you connection speed, so 2 seconds could be too long as too short. “<=

    this method work very good.. Thanks

  48. It works. Thanks dude!

  49. Do I need to plug in and out for the phone again, when it dont come a update and I get?

  50. Hi Jim,

    If by chance the computer didn’t state that an update was available, you want to restart the whole process all over again.

    Stephen

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