Upgrading a Motorola MPx200

by kai on 14/10/2004

Bloody hell. Yesterday night I tried to upgrade my Motorola MPx200 smartphone based on Windows Mobile for Smartphones 2002 to the most recent version Windows Mobile for Smartphones 2003.

There were several reasons for it. One was that with the 2003 version it becomes possible to run .NET Compact Framework apps on the phone. Another reason was that a lot of people experienced a better battery life after the upgrade. There were some more reasons, which I don’t want to discuss in detail…(no, I didn’t develop a ColdFusion server for Windows Mobile for Smartphone 2003 – really guys, I don’t 🙂 – well… not yet…;)

But, the procedure itself really sucks. The thing is that there is no offical authorized update by Motorola. The are some flash roms available in the net, if you look for them using the common search tools, I’m sure you find them 😉 I’ve got a very good one now which starts up with a tiny image of Southpark’s Cartman…;) You’ll get a large zip file containing the new phone ROM, some tools and a quite good instruction how to proceed.

In my case, the update didn’t even start correctly, and I couldn’t figure out why exactly even after following the instructions 100%. So I started researching…

Finally it worked, after going through the following steps before starting the “real” upgrade procedure:

0. be aware that even trying it and missing something might mess up you phone and might have your phone ending up as a very stylish paper weight on your desk
1. make sure that your moto is 100% fully charged
2. remove the sim card of the phone
3. remove the sd memory card of the phone
4. hard reset your moto
5. unplug all USB devices of you pc and reboot
6. after rebooting, be sure to stop any virus protection, local machine firewalls etc.
7. use your windows task manager to kill processes which might affect your moto – in my case there was some stuff running which belonged to my Nokia 3650 sync software, bluetooth tools etc. Kill any local servers not necessary, like CF, Jrun, Apache or whatever.
8. start the upgrade procedure as described with you flash ROM file.

That’s how it worked for me. But as told above – it might kill your phone, if you do anything wrong…so be careful!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Joey October 20, 2004 at 12:00 am

Hi , From South Africa. Please, please supply me with a link or some sort of direction where i can download the image for Smartphone 2003 OS for my MPX200……Please!!!!


freddy November 22, 2004 at 12:00 am

can you give me the link, please


Oleg January 27, 2005 at 12:00 am

Hi, I´m from Germany ,please can you send me a link where i can download the image for Smartphone OS for my MPx200

thank you


domingo February 5, 2005 at 12:00 am

Hi , I am in the uk. please can you supply me with a link or some sort of direction where i can download the image for Smartphone 2003 OS for my MPX200……Please!!!!


Sean March 27, 2005 at 12:00 am


I was wondering if I could get a possible link or the direct feile from you please. I have been looking for this sucker for awhile now.


amit November 9, 2005 at 12:00 am

this is Amit from india!! can you just send me the rom or or link?? i am sufurring from high traffic on possible sites. or you can just send me the name of the rom i will get it!! (;;)
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Philipp January 29, 2006 at 12:00 am

Hi, I´m from Germany ,please can send me a link where i can download the image for Smartphone OS for my MPx200 thank you


Victor Gza March 20, 2006 at 12:00 am

After upgrading my Moto MPX 200 the battery discharge more quick than before the upgrade. Then I changed to new battery but still the same.

Some one experienced the same ?, I dont know if I did something wrong during the upgrade process.


Mathieu June 4, 2006 at 12:00 am

Hello can you send me the link or the stuff to upgrade my MPX200? And also can you tell me how to execute it on my phone?? Thanks alot!!!!!


nima July 26, 2006 at 12:00 am

please give me flash program for mpx200


manuel September 8, 2006 at 12:00 am

Hi, can someone send me a clue on what to search for when looking for the mpx200 rom update or the web site. ma email is manuel609@msn.com


Pascal January 4, 2007 at 12:00 am

Do you also have a Uk version or Dutch rom


Shirk January 11, 2007 at 12:00 am

Did any of you ever realize that you simply type something like ‘mpx200 smartphone 2003’ or ‘mpx200 windows mobile’ into emule/edonkey limewire and bang – the download is there?

Even if it may sound different but i think the main purpose of this artikle is to show you that the update is possible, free and offers some nice new features – it’s no ‘download here’ posting..


Puneet January 14, 2007 at 12:00 am

I am puneet and i searching an update for my MPX200 which is still running on Windows 2002 and i am in india if somebody can help me with this


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