Should I install ActiveSync 4.1 now or wait til phone arrives?

Discussion in 'ActiveSync' started by [email protected], Apr 29, 2006.

  1. Hi. I ordered an XV6700 and it should be here in a few more days. Until
    then, I use my iPAQ (without a phone) with ActiveSync 3.7. Can I just
    install/upgrade ActiveSync NOW to 4.1 (the version downloadable from
    MS)....then once the XV6700 gets here, just connect it to my PC and have it
    recognized by ActiveSync 4.1?

    Or do I need to install particular drivers/files/etc. that are
    model-specific for the XV6700 from the XV6700's CD?

    [email protected]
    [email protected], Apr 29, 2006
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  2. The CD that comes with the device and contains activesync is guaranteed
    to contain the device usb "drivers" (actually just a usb identifier that
    associates your device with activesync)

    Therefore, I recommend installing from that CD... if the version
    installed is AS 4.0, then upgrade it _after_ installing 4.0 to 4.1 which
    will assure that your device will be recognized.

    Beverly Howard [MS MVP-Mobile Devices]
    Beverly Howard [Ms-MVP/MobileDev], Apr 29, 2006
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  3. Fr@nk

    Sven Guest

    You can install from the download, and the new phone should be picked up
    just fine. I wouldn't be surprised if the 6700 doesn't show up with AS4.0
    which you would want to upgrade anyway. The downloads typically have all the
    most common 'drivers' already in them. Don't remember when I last actually
    installed AS off the distribution CD. Even my latest PDA-N was picked up by
    the downloaded version.

    Do be aware that you do loose some stuff with your current iPAQ when you
    move to AS4.x. Can't help that though.
    Sven, Apr 29, 2006
  4. Hmm, OK, the two responses so far (thank you) have said two different
    things, although I completely understand each. I'm probably safe with the MS
    download version of AS 4.1; according to Sven, it should contain late
    drivers (identifiers). And Beverly's correct: you ARE guaranteed of having
    the right driver/identifier if you go with the CD included. I'm just trying
    to avoid running one of those vendor CDs that try to install way too much

    One more thing about upgrading to AS 4.x (I currently run v. 3.7): can I
    just use WinXP's System Restore function to revert back to 3.7 in the event
    I don't like the phone I'm about to receive (and return it)? Or do I HAVE to
    go through the many steps I've seen referred to here (

    Oh, and yes, I'm aware of the downside of upgrading to 4.x (at least for
    me): the loss of Backup/Restore, and no Wifi synching. I'm glad I went with
    Bluetooth in my laptop I bought last fall.

    Thanks in advance.

    [email protected]
    [email protected], Apr 29, 2006
  5. one of those vendor CDs that try to install way too much
    stuff <<

    Havn't yet encounted a ppc cd that does so without your permission, but,
    even so, you can install async and outlook directly from the CD without
    using the vendor interface by holding down the shift key when inserting
    the cd and navigating to the appropriate folders and running the
    individual installs.

    Sven's had a blessed experience trail ;-) ... there have been a number
    of ppc's left off of the downloaded version over the years although the
    percentage is low.

    The motivation for my suggestion is that the likelyhood of the device
    running "out of the box" with the CD install is high as it is the
    version validated by the oem with that specific device.

    Beverly Howard [MS MVP-Mobile Devices]
    Beverly Howard [Ms-MVP/MobileDev], Apr 29, 2006
  6. Fr@nk

    Sven Guest

    Can't argue with any of that, except maybe my blessedness. I've had my share
    of AS frustrations. I just haven't had the missing USB info one for a long

    MVP - Mobile Devices
    Sven, Apr 29, 2006
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