Solving Windows Phone 7 Update Error 80181197

May 6, 2011, By Christian Cawley

The update process on Windows Phone 7 has come in for some criticism from users over the past few months, not for its complexity but for the snail’s pace at which it has been rolled out across different carriers and hardware providers.

Some complain that Microsoft should be able to achieve better, especially since Windows desktop updates are rolled out across PCs with a far-wider range of components than the 10 mobile phones from Samsung, LG, HTC and DELL.

Generally speaking, the update process runs pretty seamlessly, although you might notice that this isn’t always the case. Success or otherwise of applying the pre-NoDo, the NoDo update itself which adds copy and paste functionality, and the May 2011 security certificate update (which addresses a flaw uncovered by Comodo) can rely on the condition of  your Windows computer and the primary hard disk partition.

SOlving Windows Phone 7 Update Error 80181197

How the Update Should Work

The usual process for updating a Windows Phone is to look out for notifications that there is an update, connect the device to your PC or Mac, and follow the instructions that should appear following connection.

A standard update will take 35 minutes, during which point you will be unable to make or receive phonecalls, and this process involves backing up your Windows Phone data, downloading the update, applying the update and then restoring your phone data in order to avoid losing contacts, saved games, etc.

As you can see, the update process itself is sound, and most criticism has come from those still waiting for the update to arrive. However a few errors have materialised in the update process, such as Error 80181197, which concerns a lack of disk space on your Windows system disk partition.

Addressing Error 80181197

If you’re getting the error 80181197 then the chances are you have also noticed that it means you have insufficient disk space to run the update. This means that your C: drive doesn’t have enough storage space to make a backup of the data on your phone.

The easiest way of addressing this would be to delete data – but this is often easier said than done.

The Windows C: drive features a great number of hidden files and folders, so to even begin considering searching for data that can be removed, you will need to either employ a tool such as WinDirStat for surveying the C: drive of its contents and then trying to establish what temporary data can be removed, or start small by running the Windows Disk Cleanup tool, which can be launched in Windows 7 by opening the Start menu, typing clean and clicking the Disk Cleanup option in the results.

Simply select the C: drive, wait while the utility checks the drive for data that can be removed, browse the list to remove temporary Internet files, error log dumps etc., and click OK to begin the process, and then Delete Files to confirm.

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