How to Force Update Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

September 30, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Looking for the latest update to Windows Phone but don’t seem to be able to persuade Zune to let you have it? Considering buying a brand new Windows Phone just to get the Mango goodness that turns the platform from “okay” to “amazing”?

Well, hold on a moment. You don’t need to fork out $600 on a new phone just to sample the latest operating system that is going to come to you for free in just a few moments.

If you have been sat waiting for the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update on your HTC, LG, Samsung or Dell phone, and tried Zune regularly to check for updates then you have probably realized by now that you could be in for a long wait. While Mango has been rolled out since the beginning of this week (commending September 26th, 2011) it isn’t evenly distributed, meaning that two phones purchased on the same day, on the same mobile network and in the same city might get their updates weeks apart.

How to Force Update Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Fortunately, there is a way of forcing the update…

Forcing Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Update

Rather than click the Update button in Zune every six hours, why not use this method to force the sync client and update manager to find, download and install the update to your Windows Phone?

It’s a genuinely simple process, one that anybody can perform. Note that the process will take 30-60 minutes depending on how much data you have on your phone, as the first stage of the update process backs up your data.

You will also need a big chunk of space on your primary Windows partition for the backup to be stored (this can be deleted after a successful update).

Begin the update-forcing procedure by connecting your Windows Phone to your PC and waiting for the Zune client to launch. If you’re nowhere near your own PC you will need to download the client from

Next, go to Settings > Update, and wait while Zune checks to tell you if the update is available. If it is, then you struck lucky, so follow the on-screen instructions!

If not, then it’s time to force the update. You will need to be ready with whatever tool you usually use to disconnect your computer from the Internet. For instance, you might unplug an Ethernet cable, or open the Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network Connections screen to right-click your default connection and Disable it. Whatever the method, get ready to use it…

Forcing the update involves fooling Zune that you’re on a poor connection, which leads the client to treat you as a priority. You’ve already clicked the Update option once, so click it again and then quickly disconnect from the Internet.

Amazingly, within 30 seconds despite being disconnected from the Internet, you should see this message:

An update is available.

All you need to do now is reconnect to the Internet and follow the instructions displayed in the Zune software. The process can be slow, and you will be unable to use or disconnect your phone from the USB cable during the process.  A progress bar will appear on your phone indicating how far from completion the update is.

Once complete, you’ll be ready to update some of your older apps, enjoy enhanced social networking and generally use Windows Phone in a whole new way!

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