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You might recall the article of Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Engineering, when Windows Phone 7 hit the RTM milestone in which he explained:

“Windows Phone 7 is the most thoroughly tested mobile platform Microsoft has ever released.”

The result is a highly responsive, fast and very stable and robust operating system for smartphones. I haven’t applied a single reset in the past weeks, despite I’m heavily using the LG Optimus 7 / LG E-900 to digg into the various features of Windows Phone 7 and put those to the test.

How to hard reset Windows Phone 7 – In the rare case that you need to perform such a reset

If you run into the rare situation that you need to perform a hard reset to your Windows Phone 7 device, you can apply the following step-by-step guide:

  • Start (menu) Button;
  • Choose Settings from the program list;
  • Make sure the system settings are selected in the panorama (and not the application settings);
  • Scroll down to about (which is shown in the left screenshot above);
  • Click on the reset your phone button to hard reset your Windows Phone 7 device;


Resetting your phone will erase all your personal content, including apps that you purchased and downloaded, and will restore the factory settings. Do you want to continue ?”

  • Confirm and tap on the yes button.

How to “soft reset” Windows Phone 7 ?

There is no soft reset function or -button in Windows Phone 7 like long-time Windows Mobile users know from the Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1 timeframe. Remark the review of Reboot! – A softreset Windows Phone app from Quantum Concepts.

  • Press and hold the power button to switch off your Windows Phone 7 device;
  • Press and hold the power button to switch on your Windows Phone 7 device;

The described on/off cycling results in the same soft reset behavior of -for example- Windows Mobile 6.5.3, however Windows Phone 7 is rock solid and stable that you probably won’t need both of the reset methods. 🙂

If you would like to get a more extensive overview of the Windows Phone 7 operating system, I would highly recommend my 5000 word review with 70 screenshots of the Windows Phone 7 core OS features ! Please have a look at the other how to articles below to get mor out of your Windows Phone 7 device.

Previous how to’s for Windows Phone 7


i hate windows phones

I have one but the screen is deformed and lines appear on it. It only gets better when I turn it on and off so many times until it shows properly.

I hate this phone! it always freezes and locks me out of my phone.

Windows 7 phone Fail most tested phone my ace, Windows are here to make you but the next one that might not have as many reboots than the sun rises

Windows Phone 7(.5) is pretty good. Ranting is too easy when no proper reason is given. It shows how little one understands about a mobile os, but that cannot be blamed on the manufacturer. I have one for over a year now, and people I know who are used to other os’s are pretty amazed about how intuitive it works.
I wonder how many people are really having troubles with the os and how many people are having trouble with the hardware / downloaded apps.

Does anyone know the hard reset key combo, this guide and everyone else’s assumes we can get into the actual phone
Major flop

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