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Dell Axim X50v gets unofficial Windows Mobile 6 upgrade

Dell Axim X50v Windows Mobile 6 ClassicDespite rumors that Dell might be working on a Windows Mobile-based phone, the company is pretty much out of the Windows Mobile business for now. And that leaves Axim X50/51 users pretty much on their own if they want to upgrade their devices from Windows Mobile 5.0 to Windows Mobile 6.

Overall, that might not be such a bad thing. Dell did an infamously poor job offering X50 users an upgrade from WM2003SE to Windows Mobile 5.0. The upgraded units ran slower and had more bugs than units running the older operating system.

But where Dell dropped the ball, the hacker community steps in. And after attempting to improve Dell's Windows Mobile 5.0 installation, one enterprising member of the XDA Developers forum has gone on to port Windows Mobile 6 to the Dell Axim X50v. Bear in mind, this upgrade is only for the VGA model. If you've got a Dell Axim X50 with a 320 x 240 pixel screen, this ROM will not run. Oh yeah, and installing any unofficial operating system upgrades like this could leave your PDA in an unbootable state. So this hack is not for the feint of heart.

That said, X50vs do seem to run much faster with Windows Mobile 6 than Windows Mobile 5.0. And you get upgraded versions of Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, Outlook, and other programs.

Update: If you've upgraded your X50v and are scratching your head trying to figure out how to revert back to Windows Mobile 5.0 or Windows Mobile 2003SE, check out our article on downgrading from Windows Mobile 6.

Tags: dell axim x50v, DellAximX50v, hack, osupdates, windows mobile 6, WindowsMobile6, xda developers, XdaDevelopers

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