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
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