Friday, February 16, 2007

Windows Mobile 2007 Daylight Savings Time software update

I don't know why Microsoft has to make this so complicated, but they've got a whole few pages of instructions on how to update your Windows Mobile device for the Daylight Savings Time change that occurs this year and potentially will screw up your computer and device if you don't apply the patch.

In the interest of saving you a bunch of time, I'm boiling down the links for you:

  • Visit this link on your mobile browser to download the software over-the-air:

  • If you don't want to go through the pain in the ass of entering that whole link above on your phone, then use this:

  • If you want to just download the CAB file and install it with ActiveSync on Windows or MarkSync on Mac, click this link

  • If you, for some reason, want a standalone application for Windows to do everything for you, click this link.

  • Note that if you use Outlook for Windows, you should probably also download the application fix by clicking this link.

Ok, once you've figured out the best way to update your Windows Mobile device, then you have to follow these instructions:

  1. Go to Start > Settings > Clock & Alarms > Date and Time tab.

  2. Change the current time zone to any time zone other than the one that is currently selected.

  3. Click Done.

  4. Change the current time zone to the one you want to use.

  5. Click Done.

Why do you have to do all that?  Apparently installing the update is not enough to actually update your device, you actually have to do all that crap above in order to get the update to actually work.

If you need more information, just visit the link below.


PS -- if you are offering an over-the-air download, either make the URL mobile-friendly (i.e., assume everyone is using a standard, non-QWERTY keyboard) or do yourself a favor and use SnipURL , it's free. 

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