Although much of our news here on the Portal revolves around the Android ecosystem, there is still a healthy development community catering to the needs of all things Windows. Whether it’s RT, Windows Phone, or even Windows Mobile; people are using these platforms, people are developing for them, and they will continue to do so long after the OEMs and Microsoft cease to. A prime example of this is a utility called Sharp7Eighter by XDA Forum Member lesmo_sft.
The purpose of Sharp7Eighter is to bring older devices that (have not yet been updated to WP7.8) up to speed and give them the update they deserve. It should work on any Windows Phone device running version 7740 or above to the latest version of 7.8 (8862). It does this by acting as a frontend for Microsoft’s own updateWP.exe tool, which of course means that it uses official MS cabs to update the device. Updates can be paused and resumed at will due to their incremental nature. And according to the developer, it’s very unlikely that any harm will come to your device using this tool, which is always nice.
You’ll need a PC running Windows 7 or 8, as Sharp7Eighter isn’t currently compatible with Windows XP. You’ll also need the .NET framework 4.5 installed. Fulfill those two prerequisites, and you’re good to go. If you have an older WP device that could use a little refresh, this tool is definitely worth checking out. You can find more in the original thread._________