Microsoft released a minor software update for WP7 based devices which would improve the updates process in the future. However, it turns out that Microsoft did not test the update process much because it has reportedly bricked several users devices who applied the update.
Microsoft did ask users to exchange the device if they have a problem, but that is definitely a time consuming process. In the interim, Microsoft has also stopped updates for WP7 Samsung devices.
If you have a bricked Windows Phone7 device after applying the latest WP7 updates, a Neowin user has posted some steps to fix the bricked Windows Phone 7 device. Follow the steps given below to fix your phone.
- Unplug USB form computer. Charge phone or put in charger.
- Turn off phone.
- Turn on phone using 3 buttons – power, camera and volume up/down rocker. Keep all 3 held for 10-15 seconds. Do not release when it asks if you want to format the SD card.
- Keep holding until it says “download mode”. This will reinstall the OS.
- If phone does not reboot in 15 minutes just power it off and back on.
- Re-setup phone, update firmware through Zune software and then re-sync your documents, music, pictures, videos, etc..
Try the steps given below to recover your Windows Phone 7 device before you head over to the store to get a replacement. Phew, can’t believe that Microsoft botched up an update that would improve the update process in the future.