How I survived the DoNo Windows Phone update

“An update is available.” Great! It’s my turn, finally.

This is the so-called pre-NoDo update, or update 0.9, which improves the update process itself, but brings no new features. I nickname it DoNo (do nothing) update. This is the 2nd corrected version of this corrective pre-update, which should work with Samsung phones too. Microsoft nevertheless noted that some 100 people experienced some issues with this 0.9.1 version too and even offered an advice to them. You should basically free as many memory as possible on your phone, so let’s go.

Phone: Samsung Omnia 7, not locked to any carrier, 8 GB memory, not dev or Chevron unlocked, no modified firmware or any homebrew app installed.

PC: Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, SP1, Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 355 GB free on disk C, 126 GB on disk D.

Attempt 1

I deleted majority of media and some apps before the update, so I had 4,01 GB free. The update took some 10 minutes. One unexpected thing occured during the process – a new Samsung driver was automatically installed in Windows 7. The outcome:


There was an error while trying to update your device with the latest software.Please try again.

The timer ran out on what we were trying to do.

To see if there’s more information about this error, click Web Help.


WP7 pre NoDo update Fail

Attempt 2

Content syncing set to manual, all multimedia content erased, phone restarted. 4.38 GB free. After some 9 minutes…


Attempt 3

I have uninstalled almost everything and lowered the reserved space (Zune Phone -> Settings -> Reserved Space) to 2 %. Now I have 5,19 GB free.


Attempt 4

Somebody has suggested that Samsung native apps could do some harm to the update process, so I removed the Samsung Network Profile app. 5,20 GB free.


Attempt 5

Reserved space 0 %, all the apps uninstalled. 5,35 GB free.


Attempt 6

All five accounts removed, except for the primary Live account (Outlook/Exchange, Gmail, secondary Hotmail, Facebook, 5,39 GB free.


Attempt 7

Let’s try it without the SIM card. After 8 minutes…


Attempt 8

Reset to the factory settings.


Windows Phone pre NoDo update - success

6.11 GB free.

So the update process is updated now. And both phone and its user are still (somewhat) alive. I should especially commend the backup part of the process – indeed, I was forced to backup everything very, very well! A pen and paper were particularly useful for writing down all the paswords etc.

Good work, dear Microsoft and Samsung!

Queen, We Are The Champions, live:



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