By following this tutorial part by part, step by step, information by information, you are going flash your Lumia device in a different way, new for the general public. To do this, you are going use the Windows Phone Image Designer software developed by Microsoft, provided with Windows Driver Kit (WDK) 10. But why not keep using the Microsoft Care Suite software? The answer is double:
- this software has not received any new updates to support new Lumia devices recently marketed;
- this software is beginning to be exceeded (however, this second reason is more subjective than objective).
This software uses the Microsoft FFU Download Mode to flash your Lumia device. This mode being generic, it is theoretically capable of functioning for all devices, whatever of the OEM, with Windows Phone 8 and higher like operating system (OS). However, currently this tutorial only applies to Lumia devices.
To note that if you have an Lumia device that is branded AT&T and that you wish flash him an non-AT&T ROM, so follow this tutorial written by @pankaj981 on Windows Central. But if this is not the case, then you can continue to following this tutorial.
Once opened, it is possible that multiple Internet links, included in this tutorial, display various ads. To access at the real content of an Internet link, it enough of ignore the different advertisements and of wait approximately 5 seconds, then of click the yellow button being at the top right of the screen. If you do not know how do this, you can watch this video.
Don't hesitate to post your feedback by message on this thread. Lastly, note that I have also written this tutorial in French on the MonWindowsPhone forum.
The XDA-Developers community, her representatives (staff), her members, Microsoft, myself, or any other entity/person whatever it is, can't in no case be responsible in case of any damage to your Lumia device following the use of this tutorial. Concerning the warranty following the use of this tutorial, please look the frequently asked questions (FAQ).
The utilization of the Windows Phone Image Designer software could produce a bricking of your Lumia device. However and to information, the utilization of the Lumia Software Recovery Tool software and/or of the Windows Phone Recovery Tool software could produce the same result.
I highly recommend of accomplish this tutorial on a PC with a separate alimentation of the sector, this for to palliate at the possible power outages that could result, at a critical moment, a major dysfunctional of your Lumia device. For example, a laptop PC has an integrated battery. Also, fully charge the battery of your Lumia device.
Of course, the installation of an new ROM into your Lumia device will result in deleting any data. So remember to backup all your user content. For those who have a Lumia device incorporating a Micro-SD card, I recommend to remove it throughout the course of this tutorial.
Lastly, I highly recommend to read correctly and entirely the differents steps of this tutorial, because the important informations are written.
Information about the sharing and/or the translation of this tutorial
If you wish, you can share and/or translate the totality of this tutorial. However, there is few necessary conditions at this. Thus, in your thread:
- indicate clearly the author of the original tutorial;
- provide an Internet link redirecting to the original tutorial (source) clearly visible;
- if the screenshots are those of the original tutorial, don't remove the XDA-Developers watermark;
- don't re-upload the Lumia_Flash_Tools.zip archive elsewhere. In others terms, keep the original download link (available on this tutorial) for this archive.
Structure of tutorial
I have tried to write this tutorial of manner clear, comprehensive and simple, this for that the largest number of you can achieve this tutorial easily and without clutters. The tutorial is written in six parts, each consisting of a specific theme:
- Various preparations
- Download of the ROM
- Installation of the ROM
- Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Various numbers appear in the text and are reproduced on the screenshots. An number corresponds to an action and/or an information described textually and visually.
To better accompany this tutorial, the Lumia 620 will be my example. The ROM that I go flash in this Lumia device is 059R8T5 RM-846 VAR EU-EN FRANCE CV. Understand that this is only an example and that this tutorial is compatible with all Lumia devices with Windows Phone 8 and higher like operating system (OS).
If you have questions concerning this tutorial, you can read the frequently asked questions (FAQ). She can certainly answer at the most of your questions. In the event that she does not respond to your request, you can of course post an message on this thread, in giving a maximum of details.
Status of the servers
The ROMs are available on the servers belonging at Microsoft, to they can be downloaded by anyone. The servers must be available at any time and for anyone in the world. However, it may happen that they do not function as they should, this for many reasons, thus altering the availability of various data. Of same, the data transmission rate can fluctuate. For information purposes only, I can inform you of the current status of servers. It can take three forms:
- partially available;
Thread by the Numbers
Of by this subtitle directly inspired of the Microsoft by the Numbers, here are some statistics concerning this tutorial that I wish you present. The number of reading of the tutorial is used as the base main of calcul, to provide various statistical thereafter.
- This is the most popular thread of various sections Windows Phone 8 and higher existing (included devices).
- More than half a million corresponds approximately at the number of readings that counts this tutorial. So this is potentially the same number of users who have flashed their Lumia device.
- 3 000 000 corresponds approximately at the number of minutes spent to flash with this tutorial, if we put endwise time spent by each user.
- 900 000 corresponds approximately at the number of GiB of data downloaded from the servers that where are stored the ROMs with through this tutorial, if we put endwise each GiB that each user has downloaded.
I wish say thank so much to all those who support the work done, but likewise those who post the feedbacks! If you want to offer to me a coffee, a beer, or any others drinks, here is my PayPal account. Note that if you make a donation, you'll be mentionned below, except otherwise specified of your part.
- Thank to @Aleksandar Rankovic for his donation.
- Thank to @Androidrobbus for his donation.
- Thank to @Armin Roth for his donation.
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- Thank to @Manish Pandey for his donation.
- Thank to @Mariusz Koniuszko for his donation.
- Thank to @Microsoft for having developed his software.
- Thank to @pdaimatejam for having provided the required driver.
- Thank to @Richard Black for his donation.
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- Thank to @willverduzco for his article of this thread.
- Thank to @WPVision.de for his German translation of this tutorial.