02-01-2013, 01:21 PM #27
- 39 Posts
I updated my original Samsung Focus two days ago here in New York on AT&T. I did a registry edit (Local Machine \System\Platform\DeviceTargetingInfo\MobileOperator) and changed the mobile operator from ATT-US to ROG-CA, plugged into Zune, hit update and......Bingo!
02-02-2013, 07:36 PM #32
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My son-in-laws Focus(i917-R), was showing updates available, so I updated it for him on Zune just a while ago. Now rocking 7.8, and works and looks like a new phone. No problems at all. And really....7.8 might not be Windows Phone 8.....but it is stable, fast, and a reasonably good effort by MSFT as an update for 1st and 2nd generation hardware.
02-03-2013, 10:08 PM #34
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I used the SevenEighter app today and updated my Samsung Focus i917 to 7.8.
Tried using the Zune, pulling the lan cable method about 50 times with no luck so I searched and found the SevenEighter app. I couldn't wait anymore. 7+ month is a joke...
Did it first on my wife's old LG-C900 that was running 7.10.7720 to try it out first. It seemed to work fine.
The SevenEighter app automatically applied five updates plus a backup to my Focus that was running 7.10.8107.79. Took 50+ minutes total. Downloaded the 78er app. and the the WP7 Updater tool that the app indicated I needed. Unzipped both into a folder. Started the app and it found the phone and automatically downloads all updates, installs and resets the phone each time. Here's the gist of the updates:
Connected via wireless connection on my laptop so it might have gone faster if I was direct connected...
Started at version 8107.79
Launched the app.
Select what language packs you want to install
Took about 11 mins of showing the connection screen only before the progress bar showed up and started. Whew!
Took 9 mins for the install of the first update. Installed version .8112.7
Note: If you want to see versions; after the Start screen comes up, you can quickly go to Settings-About-More to look at the version number but must do quickly before the next update starts.
Automatically began second update. Took 7 mins. Installed .8773.98
Minute later a backup began. Took 9 mins.
Immediate third update took approx. 3 minutes. I believe it installed .8779.8 but since the next update started, I didn't have time to look at version number.
Fourth update began and took about 2 mins. Version .8783.12
Fifth update began and took approx. 5 mins. Look for blue Windows Phone splash screen. Success! Version .8858.136 - Windows Update 7.8!!! America, F&%k yeah!!
Only differences I've seen with limited use today:
Resizing tiles on Start screen. I like it!
Several more colors in themes. Cool!
Bing Pic of Day on your lock screen. No thanks
Outlook tile, Office tile have slightly different icons now.
That's all that I've seen so far.
I noticed that if you resize a Live tile to the smallest size, it no longer acts as a Live tile.
Having no gutter on the right side is nice.
Search the net for SevenEighter. Easy as pie...
Last edited by kxcd; 02-04-2013 at 05:26 AM.
- 02-04-2013, 04:34 AM #35
Not knowing a whole lot about updating via CAB files, I gave the Seven-Eighter application a try tonight on my AT&T i917 Focus.
As kxcd mentioned above, the process was very easy and painless. The only issue that I ran into was that the updater timed out during the .8112.7 update, likely due to me not paying enough attention and unlocking the phone after a restart. After exiting the Seven-Eighter application and unlocking the lock screen, the update process started right up upon running the application again.
The only thing to mention is to familiarize yourself with the languages required on your phone before starting. (Setting => Keyboard). I read that some people had issues afterwards when the languages were incorrectly chosen. You can confirm the languages to be installed on the phone in the application.
Great program, and I recommend it if you're stuck with AT&T and would like the 7.8 update delivered in a simplified way. Comparing to my Zune-updated Nokia Lumia 800 (running 7.8), all functionality seems to have been brought forward with the i917 Focus after the update.
- 02-05-2013, 10:29 AM #38
- Put your phone in airplane mode.
- Plug it into zune, click settings, click update.
- After about 2-3 seconds unplug your internet or turn off wifi.
- Now wait. If you are successful, it will say "update available", if you turned off wifi too soon it will say "cannot connect", if you turned off wifi too late it will say your phone is "up to date".
- If it didn't work keep trying, just click on something else, turn wifi back on, then click update again and turn wifi off (I sometimes disconnected the phone in between but I don't know if that matters).
- If it worked, turn WIFI back on and click to install the update.
- You will have to do this 3 times as the 7.8 update is 3 separate updates.
- 02-05-2013, 10:49 AM #39
I am running a totally stock AT&T Focus. I tried Seven-Eighter. It got me to 8112.7 but all other updates fail with Update Error 80180048. I did a complete reset of the phone as suggested back in Tango days but no joy. It errors out every time now.
Anyone have a suggestion?
02-06-2013, 08:49 AM #40
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I had the same problem with my i917 (1.3) focus. I just kept running the seveneighter app over and over again and finally I got there. I also shutdown the phone and removed the battery a time or two. Pay attention to the installed languages (settings -> region+languages - > select the drop down on display language to see what your options are) and make sure that you select those languages when running the seveneighter app.
I probably ended up running the seveneighter app about 6-8 different times before it made it all of the way through.
02-08-2013, 04:23 PM #42
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I updated my AT&T focus using seveneighter. I received an error at some point and had to clear some space from my computer because there wasn't enough room to backup. After that, it went through the 4 or 5 updates it needed and got me to 7.8.
2 things since I've updated:
- I might be imagining things, but it feels like the battery dies slightly faster.
- The upgrade allows visual voicemail, but it doesn't work. It's annoying because you have to go to the "voicemail" screen in the phone app and the phone attempts to download visual voicemail for about 20-30 seconds before it fails and you can just call your voicemail.
03-11-2013, 11:38 AM #48
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I have damaged two Focuss in the last six months and Mango still works flawlessly on my third Focus. Then again, I still prefer the look and feel of the original-size tiles.X-Box Music Pass Rocks
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