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We've already looked at the spinning cogs issue with Nokia Windows Phones. You reset (or update) your handset and the when booting the handset, you simply cannot get past the spinning cogs. Luckily, while Nokia has been busy replacing damaged hardware, the manufacturer has also released an update to its Nokia Software Updater that looks to address the problem.

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While it is very rare for any Windows Phone to crash or freeze, we have on a few occasions seen it happen. It's rare because 3rd party apps don't have access to the core of the OS and therefore it's very difficult to cause the system to become unstable. Still, the problem may pop up and we figured we would cover you for the Lumia 800 & 900.

Why these two Nokia devices? With their unibody design, there's no physical way to access and therefore pull the battery. That puts users in a pickle if they need to soft-reset a stuck device. So without further ado, here's how you do it:

Lumia 900

  • Press and hold the volume keys, power button and camera together for 3-5 seconds
  • The phone should soft-reset (although some say you should feel 3 vibrations, ours never has)

Lumia 800

  • Press and hold the volume keys and power button together for 3-5 seconds
  • The phone should soft-reset

That's it. So although you will probably never need this it's good to know if you're in a pinch.

Edit: Some are saying in comments that just holding the power button for 10 seconds works too.

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PavelX1, a registered user over at the XDA Developers Forum, has provided links to uploaded Samsung Focus ROMs. Two firmwares are available, one for AT&T (plus a 4K option) and the other for Rogers, both able to return the device to 7004.

This could prove useful for folk who need to return to factory status with losing a pre-Mango backup, reverting Chevron unlocking, etc. To load the firmware onto your device, one will have to enter download mode. This can be achieved by holding the power, volume up and camera keys while the device is powered down and hold until you see the yellow exclamation mark.

Usual boring disclamer stuff: WPCentral doesn't take any reposnibility for your device becoming unusable (bricked) or if it explodes in your pocket after flashing.

Source: XDA Developers Forum, via: @Dauvx

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The No Reboot Challenge

We're a bit late to this party, but it's a good party, hopping even, what with Mike Temporale and Christopher Spera (for whom it's not going so hot) in on the action. Here's the deal:

In order to show that Windows Mobile isn't as crashy as its reputation, let's see how long we can go with our Windows Mobile devices without rebooting. Bonus points for doing it without force-quitting anything.

This will be a tough one for yours-truly to take part in as I always use my main phone to test software (otherwise it's not much of a test) and I'm always testing software that I don't fully know or trust. I'm also an inveterate lover of Beta software, so there's that too. Nevertheless, I'm in too, guys, call me the outlier: No resets or force quits (or even using “X to close!”) on a Treo Pro and I'm going to leave stuff like the SEVEN Beta and Opera 9.5 Beta on and will keep using them. I expect the occasional need to force quit apps every now and then, but I'm hoping to make it a few days before a force quit and at least a week before a reboot.

Still and all, anecdotally speaking I know for a fact that I've gone over a week without resetting my Motorola Q9h even though it was loaded to the gills with 3rd party software, Beta or no. Certainly I've had more stability on Windows Mobile than I have with the latest iPhone ROMs (and I'm not the only one).

Willing to join in? If you are, comment on this post with your device, notable software, and start time. Head on back to this post and comment again if you've had to reset or force quit an app. We'll check back in two weeks and see how everybody did. Heck, keeping track of this is hard, so we'll give away a 20% Off WMExperts Store Coupon to 2 participants chosen randomly from the comments here.

Bonus: Predictions? I predict that WM Standard devices will last longer than WM Pro devices. Just putting that out there.

...Ready ...Set ....GO!

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