Windows Phone 7 Updated Resulted In Bricked Samsung WP7 Phones

Microsoft's first global update for Windows Phone 7 go off without a snag, but several owners of Samsung WP7 devices are really regretting pushing the update button yesterday. The update has reportedly had trouble with the Samsung Omnia 7, resulting in bricked handsets or an updater which locks up before it completes. Microsoft is aware […]

Microsoft's first global update for Windows Phone 7 go off without a snag, but several owners of Samsung WP7 devices are really regretting pushing the update button yesterday. The update has reportedly had trouble with the Samsung Omnia 7, resulting in bricked handsets or an updater which locks up before it completes. Microsoft is aware of the issues, and is currently working to resolve them.

The Windows Zune client displays the following error:

RESTORATION ERROR

An error prevented the restoration of your phone to its previous version.

Your phone can't be used in its present condition and there are no restore points for it on this computer. The phone might restart and return to normal if you disconnect it. For further assistance, contact your mobile operator.

If this happens to you, and you don't want to take your phone back to AT&T to get it swapped out, Neowin user norseman has offered up how to fix your device.

  • Unplug USB form computer. Charge phone or put in charger.
  • Turn off phone.
  • Turn on phone using 3 buttons - power, camera and volume up/down rocker. Keep all 3 held for 10-15 seconds. Don't release when it asks if you want to format the SD card.
  • Keep holding until it says "download mode". This will reinstall the OS.
  • If phone does not reboot in 15 mins just power it off and back on.
  • Re-setup phone, update firmware through Zune software and then re-sync your documents, music, pictures, videos, etc..

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