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THOUGHT: Who removed the Windows Mobile ROM Update capability from Windows Vista?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 21.02.07 - 13:12:59 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 17231x
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If you regularly read MoDaCo or Xda-developers, this is nothing new but I have to rant about this topic now as well, since I just went into the same trap: "How to update a Windows Mobile ROM under Windows Vista"?
I've just received a new test ROM for one of my HTC devices (no, not Windows Mobile 6 but just an ordinary Windows Mobile 5 ROM) and tried to update my beloved HTC Hermes.
And so far, ROM updates were a no-brainer most of us experienced users have done dozens of time but even for regular users it's (or better was) an easy task. Even digital cameras have ROM updates today (just updated the ROM of my Nikon D80 two weeks ago as well).

So far so good, I connected the Hermes via USB with my Notebook, launched the RUU upgrade which showed me the current device ROM number and the ROM version I'm going to update to, the Hermes went into the Bootloader mode, Windows Vista found the "new" device and installed the driver but after the RUU Update utility stopped because it hasn't found the device. Doesn't matter if you run it as an Administrator, killed the Windows Mobile Device Center and/or the SyncCenter, the RUU simply fails to recognize the device again, after it wnt into the Bootloader mode, which HTC uses to update the device ROMs.

Ok, some can say it's HTC's fault to to release a Vista compatible ROM utility but then I say that it has to work with old ROMs also and it cannot be the fault of the ODM but Microsoft - as the end to end owner of the operating systems - has to take care about it. Even if HTC (or any other ODM) is going to release Vista compatible ROM update utilities in future, it means you cannot use the old ROMs anymore and sometimes there are good reasons to either update an even older ROM to another old ROM or to downgrade to a previous ROM version.

While some smart folks at Xda-developers found a workaround (which is rather complicated) to get ROM updates working under Windows Vista as well (but it looks like the workaround isn't working for all devices), most users have no clue what to do and they even don't want to know it - they are just users (and we are talking about a mass-market today).

Well, I will "solve" this problem by downgrading one of my old Notebooks to Windows XP Professional at the moment but how many users have several spare PCs or Notebooks at home they can use as a development machine only?

Seriously I hope, Microsoft will provide a solution soon and hopefully this solution is provided before the first ODMs are shipping the Windows Mobile 6 updates (like i-mate, T-Mobile U.S. and Palm).

Cheers ~ Arne


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