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Hello Class, today we're going to learn one of the most important
procedures concerning your BlackBerry, but also one of the easiest. As
CrackBerry Nation knows, RIM is constantly developing and testing new
software for all of its devices. So as true CrackBerry addicts, we like
to keep up with the latest and greatest. Today's lesson is another
step-by-step guide on upgrading your device's Operating System(OS)
using the Application Loader method. We already have a BlackBerry 101
that guides you through the upgrade process using RIM's BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, but for many new to BlackBerry owners the AppLoader method is a bit simpler with less chance for error. Let the lesson begin!
First you will need to download the new BlackBerry OS to your computer. You can check for Official Software updates on BlackBerry's Download Site.
Select your provider, fill out the forms and save the file to your
computer's desktop. Now as most of CrackBerry Nation knows, there are
unofficial versions (betas, leaks) of RIM software floating around the
interwebs. If you decide to install one of these versions you do so at
your own risk and cannot count on your service provider to help with
tech support. Sometimes these versions are full of bugs and other
problems so be cautious. Once the file is downloaded double click the
icon from the download and select RUN. You can and should always click
into the CrackBerry Beta OS and Storm OS forums to do your homework before giving an unofficial release a go.
This process of installing the software to your computer will take a
few minutes and you will need to select your preferred language and
accept a license agreement. If you're using unofficial software or a
software version from a different service provider other than your own,
after the installation wizard is done you will need go to the Apploader
folder and delete the Vendor.xml file. It can be found following this
Vista users is basically the same: C:\ProgramFiles(*86)/CommonFiles\ResearchInMotion\Apploader
Now it is time to get the actual install process started. After the
deletion of the Vendor.xml file (if needed) it's time to plug in your
device to the computer via USB cable and then double click on the
The Application Loader Wizard will start up and you will need to select 'Next'.
The next step is to identify which communication port the device is
connected to. The Wizard should automatically detect the port and
should display USB and your PIN number. Select 'Next'.
Next the Application Loader Wizard will read your devices system
configuration. If for some reason you happen to be downgrading a box
will pop up and ask if you want to change the systems applications(OS)
or leave them. You need to select 'Replace Devices Applications with
older version'. If you are not downgrading you will see the Device
Application Selection screen. Here you need to make sure applications
such as BlackBerry Attachment Service, BlackBerry Messenger, and 3rd
Party Application boxes are ticked, and any other applications you want
installed to the device and select 'Next'.
Now it is time to make sure the Application Loader Wizard backs up and
restores all information on your device. Select 'Automatically Back Up'
and make sure you have them emails box checked if you want those
restored also. Then select 'Next'.
Completing the Application Loader Wizard screen will come up next
and and show you exactly what Applications are being installed. Make
sure everything you want installed is selected and select 'Finish'.
This process, depending on what model device you have can take anywhere from 20-45 minutes. DO NOT UNPLUG
the device from the computer and DO NOT UNPLUG
USB cable from the device. This will cause you to have a bricked device
and definitely give you a headache. Just be patient. When the
Application Loader Wizard is finished the Wizard will say Loading
Operation is Complete. Then you may unplug your device and enjoy the
new Operating System.