So you have decided you want to take the plunge and install a Beta Operating System (OS) on your Blackberry? Installing a Leaked OS is not a very complicated process, but it is slightly time consuming. From my experience, a backup, OS install, and restore takes an average time of an hour. For less experienced computer and Blackberry users it can take closer to two hours. The following guide will walk you through the installation process. As long as the process is followed step-by-step, your OS installation should go smoothly. Be sure to read through the guide in its entirety before beginning the process so that you know the steps and time required for each step. This guide is for installing an OS to your BlackBerry using a PC running windows. There will be a tutorial for using Desktop Manager for Mac in a future Blackberry School lesson.
1) First, you must download the file of the Leaked OS you want to install on your BlackBerry (BB). You should note the download location so that you can install this file later in the process.
While the Leaked OS files download, complete the following two steps, then wait for the download to finish before continuing. Depending on your connection speed, this download can take from 5 minutes to an hour or more. The download should take about 10-15 minutes on a standard internet connection.
2) Check to ensure that you have the latest version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager installed on your PC. You can download the latest version here.
3) Uninstall all BlackBerry Operating Systems from your PC. This can be done by going to: Start/ Control Panel/ Add or Remove Programs. The files that you are looking to install are any by the name: BlackBerry Device Software vX.0.0 for BlackBerry XXXX Smartphone. (XXXX = device model number)
Ok, now that the Leaked OS file has been downloaded, let’s continue on to backing up your data on your BlackBerry.
4) Plug your BlackBerry into your USB port and open Desktop Manager (DM).
5) Use DM to backup the data on your BB. In DM, click on Backup and Restore. Then click Backup. You will then be prompted to select a location to back your data up to. You should note the location that you save this backup file to.
6) Backup all 3rd Party apps.
7) Now you should disconnect your BB from the computer. Install the leaked OS to your computer using the .exe file that you downloaded earlier. To do this, double click on the .exe file that you downloaded earlier. You will be prompted to select a language.
Choose your language, click next, choose your country, click next, then read and accept the terms of service and click next. The OS will then install to your computer. Once the installation is complete you can click finished and move on to the next step.
8) Delete the Vendor.xml file from the BlackBerry Device Software installation. This file is used by RIM to lock the BlackBerry device to the carrier’s software that the device is branded for. When you delete this file, you free up the OS to install on any carrier’s device. This file can be found in c:\Program Files\Common Files\ Research in Motion\ AppLoader. Just select the file and delete it. Be sure to empty the file from your recycle bin after deleting it.
Now that your BlackBerry is prepared and the OS is installed to your computer, it is now time to install the OS to your BlackBerry device. The following steps are where the largest time chunk of the installation process comes in.
9) Connect your BB to your computer with the USB cable. Open DM. Once DM is open, you will see the searching for application update screen.
Once this search is finished, you will see the application update available screen. Click Update Now to begin the process. You will then be shown the update summary screen.
Click next and then you will see the summary screen.
Click finish on this screen and your update will begin installing. DO NOT DISCONNECT OR ATTEMPT TO USE YOUR DEVICE DURING THIS TIME!! This is the most time consuming portion of the OS install. This process takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Why not check out any posts you may have missed on TheBerryFix.com while the OS loads?
10) The installer will then backup your data and applications, install the new OS, and then reinstall your data and applications. Once the installation has finished you will see the update complete screen.
11) Your BlackBerry has now been fully updated with the Leaked/Beta OS that you have chosen. You must turn your device radio back on now. To do this go to the setup folder/ manage connections/ and click the mobile network. The majority of your system settings will be carried over; however, some settings will be reset to the factory defaults. All of your applications will have to be reactivated and the settings restored to them. Enjoy your new OS and be sure to submit any changes or fixes that you may find to TheBerryFix.com.
**Warning: TheBerryFix.com, nor it’s owners, editors, or contributors, can be held responsible if any issues arise during the installation process. You are ultimately responsible for your BlackBerry device and the data contained on on it. By following the steps on this guide, you acknowledge that we can not be held responsible for any damage or data loss you may experience on your BlackBerry.