Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

Summary: Developer Chris Walsh has pulled his ChevronWP7.updater tool for Windows Phone 7 handsets from the web.

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Developer Chris Walsh has pulled his ChevronWP7.updater tool for Windows Phone 7 handsets from the web.

There's no word from either Walsh or Microsoft as to why the tool has disappeared. The only clue, uncovered by ComputerWorld, is a German-language Facebook post by Frank Prengel, a Microsoft technical evangelist for Windows Phone 7, warning users of the risks of using "unofficial hacker tools" which can leave handsets in an "undefined state" and make "the installation of future updates impossible."

Personally, I wouldn't read too much into that Microsoft statement as it's pretty much the default statement for everything unsupported by the Redmond giant.

We'll have to wait and see if this tool makes a reappearance.

[UPDATE: Microsoft makes its displeasure of homebrew updates official:

We're working hard to get this job done as quickly as possible. But I've noticed that some of you are turning to homebrew solutions to update your phone immediately. As an engineer and a gadget lover, I totally understand the impulse to tinker. You want the latest technology and you're tired of waiting. Believe me, I get it.

But my strong advice is: wait. If you attempt one of these workarounds, we can't say for sure what might happen to your phone because we haven't fully tested these homebrew techniques. You might not be getting the important device-specific software we would typically deliver in the official update. Or your phone might get misconfigured and not receive future updates.

It's even possible your phone might stop working properly. Bottom line: unsupported workarounds put you in uncharted territory that may void your phone warranty. We've made a lot of progress in recent weeks, so I urge you to please be patient for just a bit longer and wait for your official update notification to arrive.

If you're going to tinker, remember the phrase 'own risk'!}

Topics: Operating Systems, Browser, CXO, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobility, Software, Software Development, Windows

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  • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

    Very misleading headline.
    timotim
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

      @timotim

      I'm not sure why you say that. I read the ZDN piece about 'NoDo update for all' a few days ago. I guessed exactly what he was going to say before reading the rest of the article. In what way is it misleading? Maybe I've missed something.
      gitwut
    • The Windows Phone fiasco continues

      No misleading headline. It was pulled.

      This is not the first time. Previous Windows Phone 7 hacking tools have also been pulled. Microsoft wants to keep you in its walled-garden.

      Windows Phone 7 has been one fiasco after another. Everyone is sick of it.

      Even Microsoft has given up on it. Advertising has dropped. Sales have plummeted. Microsoft is intending to move everyone to Windows 8 phones.

      Windows Phone 7 is now a dead platform walking. I think the next 'mango' update will be the last one it ever gets, before Windows 8 phones arrive (Windows 8 probably won't run on current Windows Phone 7 handsets).
      Vbitrate
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

        @zndac Not exactly. I know some people that imported this new WP7 and they are very (insanely) happy with it.
        I believe they just want your phones working and nothing more. Going homebrew is cool, but if something happens, you're alone.
        If you want your phone working properly, wait just some weeks.
        Nevellin
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

      @timotim @AKH

      Hi all,

      Yes, it's misleading to the novitiate because it implies that Microsoft pulled the update for everyone from its website. A better title would be:

      "Windows Phone 7 update hack tool pulled from website"

      If you want to go with a funny title, you could try:

      "Caveat tinker: Hacker pulls Windows Phone 7 update trick"

      I like that one because it has multiple puns, but that's just me.

      Cheers,

      Dave
      davepowell
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

    Should be renamed..."NoGo"
    linux for me
    • Or...

      NoCanDo
      Info-Dave
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

      @linux for me

      Or Dodo
      Alan Smithie
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

    Glad I got all my phones updated before it went away.
    SneakerZ
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

    I'm VERY glad i saved a copy of the x86 and x64 bit editions to my computer when i first saw that they were up. :D i applied the pre-nodo and it went smoothly i was waiting to apply nodo until i was somewhere with a faster internet connection bc mine is very slow and nodo seemed rather large.
    Justin071894
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

    Why can't MS just release update now? AT&T is sitting on it without any estimates and without any comments. Do they indeed want to be the last carrier in the world that releases WP7 update?
    paul2011
    • Not true. ATT estimated completing testing in early april

      and MS has released it. Aside from ATT customers people all over the world are getting it, including in the USA. This is much better than the android buy-a-new-phone upgrade model or the iphone everyone-world-wide-waits-until-ATT-is-done upgrade model.
      Johnny Vegas
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

        @Johnny Vegas
        I am not getting the update and I do not see any AT&T customers getting NoDo.
        I wish WP7 would update like iPhone.. updates and bug fixes every few months. No "testing".
        paul2011
  • What's "All"?

    The 34 people outside Redmond who purchased one of these pieces of crap?
    HollywoodDog
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

      @HollywoodDog <br>You are an idiot.
      paul2011
  • What's Windows Phone 7?

    You mean that overrated piece of SH*% mobile OS that's dropped in market share since release even though Ballmer has to bribe Nokia to put it on their phones?
    IAmLegion2011
    • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

      @Info-Dave
      :)
      paul2011
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

        @paul2011 You are AN idiot

        I'm not calling you an idiot, I'm correcting your grammar. Well, maybe I am, but I don't mean to, well maybe I do...
        Info-Dave
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 'NoDo update for all' pulled from website

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the carriers desire to cherry pick which features their customer do or do not get?
    balsover
  • Where's our resident Microsoft shill?

    Loverock, you there?

    "WP7 just got better. Now everyone can enjoy the NoDo goodness."
    msalzberg