1. freypal's Avatar
    Apologies for the ignorance here. I'm coming to WP8 from WP7 (Omnia 7 + Lumia 800) and just wondered how the update process works on WP8.

    On WP7 I had to have the phone wired to the PC and updated through Zune which also stored backups of the phone as it updated.

    On WP8 am I right in thinking all updates are done exclusively OTA, no wired updates? If so how are backups handled?

    Also, there were a number of issues with updates on WP7 (I ended up resistor jigging my Omnia 7 due to gettin a bad bootloader via an update). Have these been ironed out in WP8? If an update is installed OTA then I guess this is a bit safer than potentially losing power on my PC and wrecking the update/phone... Any horror stories of bad WP8 updates so far?

    11-22-2013 08:52 AM
  2. unnatixlr8's Avatar
    you might get Spinning Cogs issue while updating wp8.. it's the only problem I have dealt while updating
    11-22-2013 09:12 AM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    To answer your questions concerning OTA, yes it's all OTA with WP8. No connecting to the computer for updates. I do recommend having your phone fully powered and preferably backup beforehand.

    For you answer on backups this is the best information: Backing up your stuff | Windows Phone How-to (United Kingdom)

    As for issues regarding updates to WP8. Some people have them, some don't. There's a few threads on here of people stating their issues after updates. Usually a hard reset fixes most issues but that means making sure you've backed up everything first.
    11-22-2013 09:17 AM
  4. freypal's Avatar
    Thanks for the info guys. I'd read about the spinning gears and that's pretty concerning. Is this really a widespread issue or is it more of a once in a blue moon deal? I also read a lot about it affecting the 920, is this also on the 1020?

    In terms of updates completely bricking devices though, has there been any of that so far?
    11-22-2013 09:23 AM
  5. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    I don't think the latest phones suffer from the spinning cogs as much as the 920 did. I had the issue and had to send my phone in. There's software now to deal with that situation. If you own a Lumia.


    I think there's also a key combination but not sure how successful it is.

    As for bricking devices, I haven't heard anything. People refer to the spinning cogs as being 'bricked'.
    11-22-2013 09:54 AM
  6. freypal's Avatar
    Perfect, thanks for the info!
    11-22-2013 10:31 AM

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