HTC HD2 Runs Windows Phone 7, Marketplace and XBox LIVE

January 14, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Take your pick between the the HTC HTD2 Windows Mobile device, the HTC Desire Android handset and the HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 – they’re all pretty much the same phone.

Which is why it should come as no surprise to find that Windows Phone 7 has finally been hacked to run on the HTC HD2, a device that was initially rumoured to be one of the intended handsets for Microsoft’s new mobile platform when it was announced in early 2010.

Windows Phone 7 running on a HTC HD2

The main problem was thought to be that it had too many buttons (Windows Phone 7 devices should all have three, Back, Start and Search) but as the experts – nay, gurus – at xda-developers.com have found there was a bit more to it than that. Early breakthroughs saw the HD2 – which can also be dual-booted with Android 2.1 – running Windows Phone 7 with something close to ease, but there was concern over the lack of Xbox LIVE and Marketplace access.

However these problems seem to have been overcome, with users reporting a certain amount of success (minor microSD card issues and a lack of correct live tile functionality as seen above not withstanding).

Unfortunately, it isn’t entirely legal. Dual booting an open source mobile OS like Android isn’t likely to get you in trouble with the developers unless there was a specific term preventing this behaviour in the terms of use or in the contract associated with the device. This isn’t the case with Windows Phone 7, however, which will require a Microsoft activation code to get going on your HD2.

With the possibility that Xbox LIVE and Windows Live accounts might be wiped or frozen should this activity be seen to be damaging sales, your best bet is to splash out on a HD7 (or play with the emulator).

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