The long-awaited Windows Phone
7.8 update (OS version 7.10.8858.136) has finally been released,
but is currently available for a limited set of phones, like the
Mango (WP 7.5) Nokia Lumias. So if you have a different device,
like the HTC Radar in our case, and are itching to get your hands
on this major update, follow this simple tutorial to force-update
Note: This trick is not
exclusive to the HTC Radar and works for many other Mango Windows
You are just 8 steps away from Windows Phone 7.8:
Connect your phone to the PC. The Zune software will be launched
If there is an update available for your phone, Zune will
directly take you to the update screen. If it doesn't, go to
Settings > Update and it will
display the 7.10.8858.136 update, if available.
If the update is available, install it and skip the steps below.
If not, continue with step 4.
Turn off the data and Wi-Fi on your phone, or simply enable
- Now click on the Update button in Zune, wait
for 3 to 5 seconds, and turn off your PC's Internet connection. You
can do this by:
- powering off your router, or
- disconnecting your Wi-Fi, or
- disabling your Ethernet adapter from Network
Connections in the Control Panel
If you've done everything correctly, you'll see that a new
update is available. If you don't see the update, try varying the
waiting time in step 5. Timing is everything here, so give it a few
more tries. It took us 11 tries before we got it right. But if you
still don't see the update, it might not be available for your
phone or region.
Now reconnect your PC to the Internet and follow the wizard to
complete the update process.
You're done! You're now running Windows Phone 7.8!
Note: You might not get the final WP 7.8
update directly. We first got 7.10.8779.8, then 7.10.8783.12, and
then the 7.10.8858.136 update.
Update [15th March,
2013]: Microsoft has released another couple of updates
(7.10.8860.142 and 7.10.8862.144) to address issues with the Live
Tiles. You should receive these updates normally once
you've updated to 7.10.8858.136.
But what's new in Windows Phone 7.8, you ask? Check out our
video to see all the new features in action:
Feel free to share your update experience in the comments.