Updating blackberry curve software

With the official release of Black Berry OS v4.5 on the horizon—various beta, or test, versions of the software are already bouncing around the Web—we thought this would be a great time for a Black Berry OS tutorial.

What follows is our step-by-step guide on how to upgrade your Black Berry's OS, or install a different version, as well as how to prepare beforehand to make the process run as smoothly as possible.

Research In Motion (RIM) is constantly developing and testing new software and applications for your Black Berry.

Keeping up to date with the newest operating system (OS) software for your smartphone ensures that you have access to all the latest and greatest features and performance tweaks.

After you've prepared for the changes that come along with a new Black Berry OS, you'll want to begin the installation process.

First, close all related applications and services on your PC and launch the file.

Black Berry Desktop Manager version 4.5 If you're not running Desktop Manager v4.5, visit RIM's site and download and install the latest version of the software.

To start a new operating system install, you'll need your Black Berry, an Internet-connected PC, a USB cable and about an hour and half of free time—50 minutes or an hour for the upgrade process and 30 minutes or catch-up time afterwards.

Mac users beware: RIM doesn't currently offer the Black Berry Desktop Manager software for Apple computers; however, industrious Mac owners running Parallels and who have a copy of Windows have been able to upgrade their Black Berrys via Macs, though the process can be a bit clumsy.

(Read, "How to Reload the Operating System on a Nuked Black Berry," if you ever find yourself with a bricked 'Berry.

If you do decide to install unofficial software and it's from a carrier that isn't your own, you should be sure to ditch the software's vendor XML file before beginning installation.

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