How to get your Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update today

by Volker Weber

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Microsoft started rolling out the Windows Phone 7.5 update yesterday. They stage the rollout so that at first only one in ten users get the update, then one in four. And within a month everybody else. The reason is that if disaster strikes, it won't effect everybody. So you just sit back and wait for your ticket.

Yeah. Right.

We want this now. And there is a trick, that I could only get to work on the PC. It may work on the Mac as well. To cut a long story short: you let the PC Zune software check for an update, and then, about two seconds after your pressed the button, you disconnect from the Internet. I am not sure how this works, but I think that it does find out in those two seconds that there is an update, and then it fails to check for your serial number, and then finally it errs on the safe side.

You have to get the timing right. If it tells you there is no update, you pulled the plug to late. If it tells you, it can't reach the update service, you pulled it too early.

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It works. I have successfully used Zune on my PC to update to Mango using this method... Now playing with all the new features. The only issue I have had so far has been problems with Facebook Integration and switching on the chat feature. It didn't want to work until I performed a full reset on the phone.

Also you need to allow time for all your accounts to sync up, so, Windows Live, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn will take time to synch. Just make sure your on WiFi..

Andy Dennis, 2011-09-28

Worked well for me. VPN ist still missing, that's kinda disappointing for me. Does anybody know how to get VPN working with WP7?
btw. Volker, there's an error on the more-link.

Kai Schmalenbach, 2011-09-29

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