Samsung Omnia W updated to Windows Phone 7.8 via Zune

While it’s not a new news that Windows Phone 7.8 is being rolled out globally today, and that the Nokia Lumias are the first to get it, I managed to upgrade my trusty Samsung Omnia W (known as Samsung Focus Flash in some countries, GT-i8350) too. Though I was able to update via Zune, it wasn’t an easy job.

UPDATE: Windows Phone 7.8 bumped up to address battery drain and live tile issues

The update process:

  1. First minor update to 7.10.8779.8
  2. Second update bumps it up to 7.10.8783.12
  3. The third and final one updates the phone to 7.10.8858.136
  4. The firmware didn’t change at all; it’s 2424.12.04.3 (I believe the battery issues that came along with the Tango update would stay forever!)

It’s not like you connect the phone to the computer, start Zune, check for updates and update. You need to have a lot of patience if you want to see the 7.8 update get started on your phone. I followed the most famous forced update method detailed here, and it seemed to work today too, just like it did for the Tango update in July 2012.

The following screenshots will give you some hope that you too can accomplish this with a bit of patience and persistence:

Windows Phone 8783 update step 2 in updating to Windows Phone 7.8Windows Phone 8858 update the final step in Windows Phone 7.8 updateWindows Phone 7.8 changelog

So, happy upgrading your Samsung Omnia W Windows Phone! Let me know if you have questions.

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36 Responses

  1. hi buddy thx for the motivation i gt an force update of 7.10.8779.8, after that it started saying there are no updates available…. pls help

  2. danu says:

    Thanks! the update is coming to my phone as well. 7.10.8858.136
    Downloading updates.. 27% yaay

    • hi danu i just got partial update of 7.8 it just stopped at 8779 :( wat to do still it says error any methods to get it corrected…

      • Naren Ubi says:

        I had to repeat the forced update method for each of the three updates. Tests your patience, but the end result is gratifying :) Good luck!

        • SOURABH says:

          i have updated my omnia with 7.10.8862 with seveneighter, but i have not getting the several new things in this version. plz help me

      • danu says:

        I don’t use the force update method, just regular update on settings menu, and the update worked in 3 step (7.10.8779.8 –> 7.10.8783.12 –> 7.10.8858.136).
        Make sure you don’t modify the windows registry (don’t set your Omnia W as mass storage device).

    • Naren Ubi says:

      So, do you notice any change in ‘performance’?

      • danu says:

        No. actually, I don’t like the way it gets delayed starting the application when I touch the tile in main menu (because of “pressed” effect of the tile). On 7.5, it is much more fast.

  3. Gautam Iyer says:

    Tried Force updating million times, my Omnia W says new update available but zune doesn’t!
    Is this update carrier/ service provider dependent ?

  4. Kiran says:

    I appreciate Naren’s effort! I was trying with 1-2 seconds delay before disconnecting.
    It varied between 6-10 sec for me.
    If you get “cant connect to update server” , this mean you disconnected too early.
    If you get “update” you disconnected little late.
    You got to hit that critical time between early and late….
    Dont get frustrated… Just understand how fast your internet is and vary the disconnect delay.

    I helped my friend to get Nokia update and she got bluetooth working.. I know, with this update we wont get that :-(..

    • stef says:

      Got stuck using the Zune method at 7.10.8779.8 ( i tried like 20 times to plug-unplug the cable, worked once to 8779 and no more), so used your link.
      Now my Omnia i8350 is updated to 7.8 and everything runs smoothly, thanx.

  5. SG says:

    i have a problem regarding my phone please help me.
    problem is: my phone was showing an update so i went to samsung service center and ask them to update my phone (it was my mistake that i said to them to update my phone instead of to update my windows) they update my phone and after that it not showing any update for my phone.
    i want to know whether my phone update has something to do with it or it will take some time to show the notification

    please help me coz i am desperately waiting for the update

  6. aaqi arman says:

    I updated my omnia in normal way but there nthng new intrestng features in 7.8 update,only there is the new featurez like bing photos as wallpaper n resizeng tiles….

  7. SG says:

    samsung officials are saying that no such update is available for omnia w in india right now then how you all get this update

  8. Devang Jasani says:

    Great…worked on my phone…!! :D

  9. Joe says:

    Thanks! Worked ok, one needs to be patient though… its by tyring again and again like
    Kiran says:
    February 3, 2013 at 12:50 am
    I appreciate Naren’s effort! I was trying with 1-2 seconds delay before disconnecting.
    It varied between 6-10 sec for me.
    If you get “cant connect to update server” , this mean you disconnected too early.
    If you get “update” you disconnected little late.
    You got to hit that critical time between early and late….

    for me it was 4-5 secs ;)

  10. isabier says:

    Appreciate the help I received here on how to update to 7.8. It took me about two dozen tries through the disconnect trick before I got it to work.
    If your connection is slow, try to disconnect between 5-12 seconds from the moment you clicked the Update link in Zune.
    Instead of manually disconnecting your cable, try this approach of disconnecting the LAN:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCcljLjm0iE
    You’ll get the hang of it a lot quicker and not tinker around with the physical wire.
    Cheers!

  11. Its not working on my phone.. Please give me the proper link to it

  12. amit juneja says:

    hey can anybody tell me the proper way of force update
    I tried a lot, but it is not working on my phone

    • Raju says:

      hi fr
      jest now i update my omnia w to 7.8
      am soo happy
      thnks for support thankslottttttttttttttt

      its helps to update ur phone.

      Step by step instructions to force the Windows Phone 7.8 update
      1. Connect your Windows Phone to a PC and launch the Zune software.

      2. Click on Phone > Settings > Update. Allow the software to tell you whether an update is available. If the update is available, skip this guide. If not continue to the next step.

      3. Disable the data connection of the phone “Settings – Mobile Network – Data Connection – OFF”

      4. Time to force the update. Click another button (any of the options above or below the word Update). Then click the Update button again,and this time disconnect your computer from the internet after 2-3 seconds. Do this by pulling out the Ethernet cable, disabling Wi-Fi, etc. If it says your phone is already up to date, you didn’t disconnect quickly enough and need to try this step again.

      5. Wait 30 seconds or so and Zune should display a notification that an update is available.(As i said patience is the key, try step 3 again and again, it will work, I updated my Samsung Omnia W this morning)

      6. Now reconnect to the internet and continue with the update process through the Zune software.

      7. Depending on what OS build you are starting with, you may be prompted for several OS updates.

      8. Let the phone update and wait. The final OS build is 8858. If you are getting just 8779, you’ll want to repeat 4-6 above.

      9. You may also be prompted to install a firmware update at the very end, follow through with this

      10. Celebrate! The whole process, including backup could take up to 60 minutes. Check that you are on build 8858 to see if you are done.

      Read more at http://thedroidguy.com/2013/02/windows-phone-7-8-manual-update-tutorial/#KEK412xYl2L57oLM.99

  13. zen.prog says:

    NOTE THAT :
    ———–
    1.> IF U REMOVE UR CABLE EARLY IT SAYS : CAN’NT CHEECH FOR UPDATES RIGHT NOW
    2.> IF U R LATE IT SAYS SOFTWARE UP TO DATE…..
    3.> IF (IN UR PHONE U HAVE TICKED UNDER SETTINGS>UPDATE>USE MY MOBILE DATA CONNECTION,TRICK WONT WORK
    4.> AS SAID ABOVE “PATIENCE” U CAN DO FOLLOWING FIRST CHECK FOR UPDATE AND DO NOTHING CHEECK THE TIME TAKEN TO SHOWTHAT WINDOWS UP TO DATE , THEN AGAIN UPDATE IT , NOW THIS TIME DISCONNECT APPROX. 1/4 TH OF THHAT TIME….IT WORKS
    5.> I MYSELF UPDATED MY SAMSUNG OMNIW W TO WINDOWS 7.8…………………….GIVING ME WP8 EXPERIENCE
    ENJOY :)

  14. sathishkpm says:

    Running Windows phone 7.8 successfully on my Samsung Omnia W with the OS version 7.10.8862.144. Thanks

  15. Rajdeep Deb says:

    Hey, i have updated my samsung omnia W i8350 windows phone 7.5 to 7.8 with the OS verion 7.10.8862.144 successfully. but after updating this i think my net connection is going very slow.
    so, help me with your solution.. sir

    • pranay das says:

      i also update the same os version 7.10.8862.144 succesfully..but after updating i cannot play a movie from movies sites or from youtube…i don’t know why its happening….its simply write when i am playing “sorry ,we cannot play this video on your phone”…..tell me sir anyone ….what to do???

  16. Paritosh says:

    Had a factory reset to 7.5 earlier. It took close to 8 updates to bring it as of today state. All done using zune. Pretty Smooth.

  17. SOURABH says:

    I HAVE ALSO UPDATE MY OMNIA BUT LIVE TILES AND TILES SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZE FUNCTION IS NOT WORKING…
    PLZ SUGGEST ME..

  18. SOURABH says:

    i have updated my omnia with 7.10.8862 with seveneighter, but i have not getting the several new things in this version. plz help me

  19. varsha says:

    hiiiii guyz…can anyone help me…i am trying to update my samsung omnia w but its showing the messge that my c drive is full so can anyone tel me how do i use another drive or disc lilke disk f or g to update phone…plzzzzzz….

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