Custom Windows Phone 7.8 ROM for the HTC Surround now available

We don’t know when Windows Phone 7.8 will be rolling out to current handsets, but it is seeming less likely the roll-out will be as smooth as we first believed when Microsoft said they would take direct charge of it and ensure all handsets are upgraded.

If you own a first generation Windows Phone flashing a custom ROM may be the quickest route to the latest software.

Lars on XDA-Developers has cooked the first custom Windows Phone 7.8 ROM for the HTC Surround. The software comes with full unlock, allowing one to use all the homebrew goodies, and is apparently fully functional and free of any major bugs. It supports US and UK English and also Dutch.

To flash the ROM the handset of course needs to have HSPL installed – if you can figure out how to do that the rest should be a doddle.

Find the ROM and associated thread on XDA-Developers here.

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