Lumia 900 on Windows Phone 7.8

Nokia begins Windows Phone 7.8 update today and through February for all Lumias

We’ve all been holding our breaths the past few months waiting for older devices running Windows Phone 7.5 to get the modest update to 7.8. Great news for those of you with a Nokia Lumia handset like the 710 or 900 – starting today, the Windows Phone 7.8 update is rolling out to all of you.

It’s been a long time coming, but your Nokia Lumia 510, 610, 710, 800, and 900 have been a little bummed out about missing the double wide Live Tile action newer phones have been getting. Not anymore, you can now look forward to multiple tile sizes, lockscreens, and more theme colors.

When you get the notification on your device to upgrade is of course determined by a few factors, the biggest obstacle of course being the carriers:

“The Windows Phone 7.8 update is now rolling out for Nokia Lumia smartphones through February. Delivery of the update is operator dependent, meaning you will receive a notification in the coming weeks if you have an unlocked phone or if your operator has approved the update. If you don’t receive the update notification within the next three weeks, please contact your operator for more information.”

No word yet for other handsets from OEM’s like HTC or Samsung could it still be a couple hours or something different(although don’t get your hopes up HD7 users)? In the meantime, check our hands on with Windows Phone 7.8 on a Lumia 900 to see what you can expect and look forward to.

Source: Nokia Conversations


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Nokia begins Windows Phone 7.8 update today and through February for all Lumias



UK gets update in feb but a cost of the EU volume restriction and makes audio lower in headphones i have to set it at 30/30 and still lower than 7.5 !!!!

Someone can download Ringtone Maker and Cinemagraph from nokia collection ?
I have Lumia 900 windows 7.8 ,OS 7.10.8858.136 and i dont see in nokia collection this programs.

Unlocked Nokia Lumia 800 in Colombia, plugged my phone and now i'm running WinPhone7.8, the different size tiles do make a big difference on the whole look of the start screen

Yiiihaaa! Got the update for my unbranded L900 first and it is awsome. Just pulled the cabletrick on my old HD7, and it worked..:) So, soon 2x 7.8 devices here! (sweden)

My HTC Titan, is being updated as I type this. I'll be checking the Radar, and Mozart the rest of my family has soon.

how and where does it save the back up  I would like to take the backup home to my home computer as I am doing this update at work would like to save the backup for the resore option.

depends on the OS, on Windows 8 it goes in "C:\Users\PROFILENAME\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Phone Update", the folder name is a GUID.  Happy hunting.

Anyone has any luck updating their lumia 710 on T-mobile USA? 
i tried the cable trick many times and still no luck. 

Anyone with the 710 on T-Mobile US get the update? Nothing for me and I tried the cable trick several times to no luck.

...just updated my samsung omnia w to windows phone 7.8.
did the zune unplug trick 3-4 times and so found 3 updates to .8858

Wondering why I can't get this to work im stuck at step 5 unplugging the cable it just stops the updating search

Wont be until feb sometime and with a lower volume !!!   The extra  apps like bluetooth share will be available also then in nokia collection.  I had my 7.8 for 4 weeks in unlocked 800 and it is great !

Got it here in Sweden on 3Sweden so it will come very soon since our operators are the same, just another country ;)

Lumia 900 att in Iowa. Update notice came right before I could plug into the computer to check for update with Zune. Love the little tiles so far. Not many of my apps can make a big tile. Also, I like the new colors, gonna use this pale purple color for a while.

They ARE getting it now.  Even the LG E900, which LG said they have dropped support for is getting it.  I'll be updating a family members E900 right after my Lumia.

Let me guess Nokia fan? In case you've not read the comments. Other devices other than Nokia are getting the update.

Ok Got It.. FINALLY!!  Now what are the FINAL VERISON numbers of everything to ensure all of the updates took?

I have a Lumia 900(AT&T). I didn't get the update today so I decided to do the disconnect trick. After about 30 mins it finally worked, so if you are doing this method just hang in there. 

Call me a noob, but WTF is the disconnect trick? This is the first updating problem I've had with my lumia

Hi, i just made this update, but i can't download Bluetooth share or ringtone maker, say that i must updtae or is not avaliable in my region

It seems to get Ringtone maker and Bt to work you need: Fireware: 1750.0823.8858.12460
But it doesnt seem as if yo can force thus update as once Zune see you're on 7.10.8858.136 it doesnt look for more updates.
What can be done about this?  :(

My Lumia 800 updated to 7.8 using the WP mac app - tried the cable trick a few times but not sure if that had an effect since the update notifier came later. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Got mine updated. I'm in PJ. First thing woke up in morning already have the update alert. Now my 800 hav a new screen, woohoo!

actually mine only did two updates.... first one said phone enhancments and the second one is the 7.8  is there one after that?

Finally after using the cable trick 10 times I got the update.
I waited 6-8 seconds to turn the connection off and it worked
Portugal | TMN :)

Shout out lumia owners in Canada specifically users under the wing of Rogers although your phone may say no update available proceed to your Zune on your desktop and your update will be available. Proud owner of 7.8 lumia 900 :-D

Finally after using the cable trick 10 times I got the update.
I waited 6-8 seconds to turn the connection off and it worked
Portugal | TMN :)
Nokia Lumia 800

Confirming I got the update on my unlocked HD7. I had to do 3 updates using the cable trick, but it worked.

Same thing with my HD7. Time to buy a new ethernet cable... Must have yanked it 100 times to get it to work three times!
But now updated to 7.10.8858.136.

HTC Radar C110e updated to 8779.8 . using the cable trick on T-Mobile USA. Doing it again to hopefully receive the rest of the updates. Lets see! Fingers crossed guys :D

Well, just done the cable trick on my Lumia 800 in Italy (vodafone brand phone, carrier Three (tre)). Had to do it three times. Now I'm on 7.8 :)

"Forget" the device in Zune, uninstall Zune and then reinstall Zune, follow the Zune instructions. It should now automaticly find the update before the setup has complete. 

I did...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand it was aaaaaaaaaaaaa..............NO GO!!!! Still no update :( DANG IT!!! LOL

For people not getting the update, keep connecting and disconnecting the phone to your computer, took me about 15 goes before i managed to get the update. 

The trick has just worked on a mozart on Orange UK, just doing what i hope will be the first (8779.8) of 3 updates, will post further progess here :-)

Had to do the cable trick for all three updates individually on the HD7. Time before pulling cable succesfully varied between 3 and 5seconds aprox.

will do. but there is a picture on my phone basicly saying "connect your phone to your pc" no wires have disconnected 

I haven been on the update process a while it seems to be stuck on update in progress determining the space required for update

Left for supper and choir practice process had stopped when I cam back to the office pulled the plug and restarted the process went through easily and did the update in about 12 minutes reatarted and the new screen cam up with different sized tiles pretty cool.

So far automatically updated a Lumia 710, cable-tricked an Omnia 7 and busy with 2nd update on an HTC Titan, btw also cable-tricked. Looking good so far. Wondering how big the tiles will be after the upgrade.

the tiles will be the same size as WP7.5 (medium size) but it'll take up more room on screen like WP8, i believe

Tmoble unlocked l900 now is updating i took outsimcard put phone into airplane mode and did zune trick and it finaly took part one of three from what people are saying.

Got the update. HTC Radar, Malaysia. Not carrier locked.
Still no USSD code support. Disappointing. It's a bit disgusting Microsoft just left us WP7 folks with such shitty incomplete mess of an OS still. First it was the news of no update to Apollo..and now this.
My next phone will be an android.

I can not get the trick to work. Tried forgetting the phone+uninstall zune, still no luck. Any tips?
Lumia 900, AT&T

Same here, been trying for a long time. I'm just going to play some Halo 4 for a while, forget about it and then try to see if it's available later.

The update worked for me using the disconnect trick with AT&T Nokia Lumia 900. Took forever to get the trick to work though... Keep trying guys!

Unlocked Nokia L900 7.8 now what i did was airplane mode with no simcard in the phone and then also did the zune trick after about 4 hours+ of trying it it fianly took and is also still unlocked if anyone had questions about that becasue i had posted it on their facebook and i got the lame reply of idk for the most part.

you can update it directly through zune. i was literally dancing on my chair while it was installing. hahaha! and i now got the upgrade! :D finally

i did the zune trick and updated my htc mozart, btw all 3 updates are about 13 megabytes. first is 1.5mb second is 1.5mb and third is 10mb
gd luck with your updates

I have no idea what this cable trick is, but I plugged my sisters Lumia 610 into Zune at 17:50GMT and kept refreshing "check for updates" every 3-4 minutes I got the update at 18:01:43 and updated sucsessfully - update 1 did not loads 7.8 but the second update did. It's great for my sister she loved her Lumia 610 until I got the 820 when she felt out of date, now she loves her Lumia 610 once again.

Got the first update just after 6pm (UK time)...  but not the 7.8.  I've tried all the recommended tips and trips for hours now, but to no avail.  Giving up now and just going to relax with a glass of wine before I go to bed.  Will try again tomorrow.  (I am on a Vodafone network,  Lumia 800).

yo read the comments...

Only unbranded and unlocked and ATT L900 users are getting this update...

The other users that are locked to a US carrier are not getting this update ATM...

I'm trying to update my Lumia 900 through Zune, but am getting an error 80072F0D "Can't check for updates right now. Please try again later"
Anyone else having problems?

I got this a couple of times while trying the cable trick. I just closed zune and unplugged my phone. It might have been cause I forgot to plug my cable back in tho o.O

Im getting a 4th update. My phone didn't prompt me this time, the other 3 times it did. I hope this one is the 7.8 one! I actually plugged it in to try the cable trick and didn't even need to do it. hooray hooray hooray ! Belgium here lumia 800 

Got the update with the disconnect trick. Only had to do two updates, the first one fixed a camera issue and took about 15 minutes, the second one gave me full 7.8 and took about 10 minutes. Love the new tiles, but it does run slower!! :( Hope they can fix this and make it as quick as it was on 7.5.

Nokia L900 updating right now. There was a previous update too...forgot to write it down. Sorry I forgot, I'm on ATT in New England

YooHooooo...Finally on Windows Phone 7.8 on the HTC Titan. It was the Crappy AT&T one with no support but had installed stock Euro ROM on it and had updated to Tango before via Zune. And now the 7.8.SWEET..!!
Had to use the disconnect Zune trick for quite a few times though for each of the 3 updates till 7.8. 

Got my update! Big tiles... little tiles... medium sized tiles... all the new steel gray and using the entire screen. NICE!

Just installed all 3 updates to 7.8 on my LG E900 Optimus 7. With the cable trick. I'll explain it for all of you, since I also had mixed results by pulling the plug at random, until I read a good tip:
1. Start Zune, connect phone to computer, turn off wifi and data.
2. Open Task Manager, go to the Network tab and make sure that a) "Always on top" is activated under options, and b) Refresh under "View" is set on fast/quick (I am translating this from another language, so it might be called different on your pc, but you get what I mean).
3. The percentage should be on 0% in the numbers below (not in the graph, it's much quicker to read the number than to make sure that the graph hasn't changed it's size (which it will do, in idle my graph is only 1% high, when it gets used it expands to several %)
4. Now with the Task Manager and network tab open in the foreground, go to your already open zune and click on settings in the upper right corner, point your mouse to "Update" in the "Phone" part of the options, but don't click yet. Remember to have the task manager on top over the zune window and "always on top" on, so it won't get hidden when you click.
5.Then grab around to your cable or make sure to know how to quickly kill your wifi, once you are ready just click on update, and when the percentage jumps to 2% or above (1.5% wasn't enough for me, but over 2% did ALWAYS give me the update on the first try) pull the plug. That should work.

I was able to update to 7.10.8779.8 by following the trick. But it did not detect further updates :( Am i missing something?  

Well i got the first Update (NOKIA Update), but kept trying for the 2nd Update, but no luck :(. Will I still get the update when prompt?

Keep Using the Trick till u get the 2nd update..and again use trick for 3rd update...took almost 50 tries or more for 3 updates on my Titan. Hope you get the update soon.. 

I can honestly say that the 900 w 7.8 gives a very satisfying wp8 experience, took back my 920 2 weeks ago and now I'm definitely not regretting, will wait for lumia 940 pure view baby!!

No damn screenshots, wallet, or kids corner. Wdf these are not hardware dependent enhancements (except wallet's NFC) Microsoft just fumbled on the goal line, the greedy bastards!

Yipee !!! Got my Nokia Lumia 710 updated with Windows 7.8 yesterday :-)
I'm not sure about people in other countries. But people in India, you can go to Nokia Care and get the OS loaded :-) 
And these are the new features available in the update :
1. Awesome Live Tile(s) Sizes
2. Ringtone Maker - Yes, now you can set up your favourite song as a ringtone on the go.
3. Bluetooth Sharing - Now we can share files to any other mobiles throug bluetooth.

Im in indonesia and havent got any updates.. Will the update erase all of my apps? How about apps that i bought from marketplace? Should i buy it again? Thankss...

I have an iMac and at first it found an update and i was excited. At the end it wasn't it! WTF so I waited 5 minutes and plugged it in again to the iMac app and it is updating now to 7.8.
Gotta do 2 updates for Macs

Just got my update on my lumia 800 that i got from rich dunbar in the first app development program. I am in the US, not using a SIM.

I've got a 7.5 Lumia 900 on AT&T in Seattle, stock (not unlocked). Anyone know why I haven't received a notification yet? It's not even coming up if I plug it into zune.

Lumia 710 user on Indonesia here. Currently updating. Confirmed updates without issue. No need to force update.

If your zune does not automatically detect the update, here is what you do. Go to your phone settings, (first back up your important dat, like phone contacts and emails) then reset the phone, you will lose all apps you haven't bought. Automatically when rest for Lumias, the zune software once reconnected to your phone starts installing all updates, that way you trick the software by installing WP 7.8. TELL ME IF IT ALSO WORKS FOR YOU!

"Changes default sync times for email"
Whats this? I didnt see any extra times listed. I wouldnt mind a three of six hours sync. 

Still only got the 1st update (using the cable trick), will i still get notified for the other to update? or do I have to do the cable trick?

I have to say I am very happy for you wp7 folks, when I switched from Android I never would have expected to get the latest compatible release, so I am proud of having a wp. Knowing my 920 will continue to get 8.x, 8.xx, etc updates of the operating system is awesome. It definitely makes me feel I made the right decision to switch.

Zune trick works, updated my unlocked T-mobile Lumia 900 yesterday. I used this artice to do it
also if it's not working for you, try counting how much seconds is needed for zune to tell you your phone is up to date, then substract 2 seconds and whait that amount of time before you unplug your internet. Aslo be patient, I tried this trick at least 20 times before I got it right. :)
p.s. I'm from Croatia

Got the updaye on my unlocked HTC Radar (India).....had no need to trick zune or anything...just connected my phone to zune and the update was waiting fr me!

No news about locked lumia on t-mobile usa , looks like its going to take a while knowing that t-mobile customer support have no idea about what windows phone 7.8 is

yes sorry to say that , i tried a couple of times with tmobile support and they have no idea when or whether is going to be pushed or not , the answer was you will get OTA notificaiton when it happens.

Plugged in my Lumia 900 ATT into PC and Zune said I had an update. Question, anyone with the update getting lag when they tap a tile. Everytime I go to open an app, there is small lag to opening the app. While this is minor, it makes the phone feel slow.

Mine is stuck on Update 3 on Step 2 of 10 downloading updates... 0% any suggestions (i tried doing the update for 3 times already :S)

It seems to get Ringtone maker and Bt to work you need: Fireware: 1750.0823.8858.12460
But it doesnt seem as if yo can force thus update as once Zune see you're on 7.10.8858.136 it doesnt look for more updates.
What can be done about this?  :(

My 710 got updated to 7.8 but for my 800, no update found. Surprisingly the 800 is running on mango( not even tango ) and still no updates found. Forget about the 7.8 update