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How I installed Tango update on my Dell Venue Pro (Windows Phone 7) bought in India

I bought a Dell Venue Pro, a Windows Phone 7, in February 2011. I broke it’s screen once and went for a replacement. The replacement unit had some issues with the speaker and I got it replaced again. These days the phone is suffering from peculiar battery issues and I may have to replace it’s battery.

Despite these, one thing I can claim proudly is my Dell Venue Pro has always remained updated, till date. It came with a pre-NODO install and I could update it to Mange Beta before the official Mango release. And what’s more, it also got the official Mango release. And just yesterday, I updated my Dell Venue Pro to Tango!The phone never prompted  me for a Tango update. Going by the news on the Web, Tango update is available for Dell Venue Pro. Posts like this prompted me to go for forcing the update. To start with, the credit goes to the page http://www.wp7connect.com/2012/06/28/how-to-force-tango-update-on-your-device/. It helped me to march towards Tango. As per this page, the way to force the update is:

  • Start Zune
  • Turn off Data connection and Wifi on the Phone
  • Connect the Phone with the PC (USB)
  • Start the update search in Zune
  • About 3 seconds later, disconnect your PC from the internet (Turn WLAN off).
  • Zune finds Mango-Update. Press OK.
  • Connect to the internet again and install the update.

I did it the following way. Since the phone is suffering from battery issues, I’m not using this phone on day to day basis. Hence there is no SIM in this phone. To turn off Data connection, I simply turned off Wifi by going to Settings>WiFi>WiFi Networking>Off. Others, using a SIM, should switch to Airplane mode, I guess.

Then I connected (via USB) the phone to my laptop running Zune 4.8.2345.0 on Windows 7 Professional. This launched Zune. On Zune, I went to SETTINGS>Phone>Update. This showed me a progress bar saying checking for update. The laptop was connected to the Internet via WiFi.

After 3 seconds, I disconnected the WiFi by turning off the WiFi switch (the hardware button on my laptop). Note that, the 3 seconds rule (as suggested at wp7connect.com page) may not always apply. There is a better way to calculate when to disconnect the phone. More on this later.

Subsequently, Zune prompted me for an update. I switched on the WiFi and the Zune started updating my phone. But alas the update was for version 7.10.8112.7 whereas Tango is version 7.10.8773.98. I could not find any information about this version on the Windows Phone Update History. Googling revealed that some users are calling it a precursor to the Tango update.

Dell Venue Pro first updated to version 7.10.8112.7

Dell Venue Pro first updated to version 7.10.8112.7

Coming back, my Dell Venue Pro successfully updated to version 7.10.8112.7 but there were no prompts for any further updates. Where is Tango?

I tried disconnecting the phone, reconnecting it, waiting for 3 seconds before switching off the WiFi but Zune always failed with the message saying “Your phone is up to date”. This is where the following trick worked. It was apparent that the idea is to disconnect the phone before getting the message “Your phone is up to date”.

I went back to the Zune home screen (by clicking on the back arrow button on the top left). Plugging in the phone while at SETTINGS>Phone>Update was taking too long for the message to appear. So I suggest to go back to the Zune home screen.

Then, I plugged in my phone. Clicked on SETTINGS>Phone>Update and counted the number of seconds for the “Your phone is up to date” message to appear. In my case, it was 12.

Next, I disconnected the phone, closed Zune. Connected the phone again, which launched Zune. Went to SETTINGS>Phone>Update which showed me the progress bar saying Checking for updates… I started counting and switched off the WiFi on the 11th second and voila! Zune prompted me with an available update. Switched on the WiFi and the phone started updating. And yes! this time it was version 7.10.8773.98, the Tango update.

When the phone rebooted, I was greeted by a new wallpaper 🙂

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6 comments for “How I installed Tango update on my Dell Venue Pro (Windows Phone 7) bought in India”

  1. Worked fine for me too for my 1.5 year ld Samsung Omnia 7.

    However didn’t work for my wife’s Nokia Lumia 800 – which is strange as it’s a newer phone model.

    Posted by Vinod | July 13, 2012, 11:56 am
  2. i got the first update in 7 secs and that too in the first try, but the tango took almost 15-20 tries.
    Although there is no such noticeable change in the tango.
    Did you noticed anything outta ordinary??

    Posted by crazygamer | July 18, 2012, 5:09 pm
  3. It worked for me for dell venue pro, but i was not greeted with the new wallpaper. Frankly speaking, I am not able find any difference in the new update.

    Any ways thank you very much!!!!

    Posted by prabhu | July 21, 2012, 2:43 am
  4. prabhu,

    Sorry for the delay in responding. My blog, for some reason, has stopped sending me new comment notifications.

    It worked for me for dell venue pro, but i was not greeted with the new wallpaper.

    By wallpaper I meant the lock screen wallpaper. I was greeted by this wallpaper. Looked new to me. Don’t recall seeing it before.

    Frankly speaking, I am not able find any difference in the new update.

    I agree with you. Not many features. Here is a list of features in Tango. Apparently Nokia Lumia get/will get tethering with the Tango update.

    Posted by Shekhar | July 24, 2012, 6:49 pm
  5. crazygamer,

    Sorry for the delay in responding. My blog, for some reason, has stopped sending me new comment notifications.

    Although there is no such noticeable change in the tango. Did you noticed anything outta ordinary??

    Not many new features. I did notice the wallpaper and after reading up, checked out the changes in MMS (not that I use MMS ;-)). Here is a list of new features in Tango.

    Posted by Shekhar | July 24, 2012, 6:54 pm
  6. Thanks for the list of things shekher, but when I updated my DVP to tango, I didn’t got any of the new wallpapers that everyone is talking about.

    Posted by crazygamer | July 25, 2012, 1:38 pm

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