How to Upgrade Blackberry Bold 9000 Firmware?

Posted on October 11, 2008 
Filed Under Blackberry

While still waiting for the download to finish, I’m looking for a way to upgrade it.There a guide from BlackberryForums and Pinstack.BlackberryForums:

BlackBerry Handheld Software v4.6.0.292 (EastAsia)

Package Version:

Consisting of:* Applications:* Software Platform:* File name: 9000jEastAsia_PBr4.6.0_rel292_PL4.0.0.155_A4.6.0.1 62_CSL.exe* File size: 94.73MB

Both OS versions linked below are identical except for the language files included.Both versions include English If you desire East Asian languages included in the OS, download the OS here:

Select “…9000 smartphone” from the pull-down list:…ient=cB5RB4aRB

Download MultiLanguage version here (from Rogers):

Download here:…C068A355BBA31A1.

Make sure you have Desktop Manager 4.6 installed. Older versions will load the OS but may not be full compatible with all the memory of the Bold.

You can get DM 4.6 here:Vodafone Germany2. Download the above OS file to the PC then install it to the PC by running the file you downloaded.

3. Locate the vendor.xml file and delete it. It’s located in c:\program files\common files\research in motion\apploader

4. Plug in BB and Open Desktop Manager. You should be prompted to upgrade.The process takes about 45 minutes to an hour depending on how much data you have to backup and restore during the process. Once it’s done loading the new OS it will reboot (it may do this twice during the entire process.) You will see a white screen with an hourglass for up to 20 minutes at a time while the DM says “waiting for initialization.”

If you end up with a white screen with small icons and the number 507, simply connect to DM again and run application loader again and it should load the OS to the device.Previous OS version for the 9000:…ilanguage.html  



Here’s a quick How To on installing 4.x.Follow these instructions exactly and you should be able to have OS 4.x working.

1.) BACK UP YOUR DATA! - I can’t stress how important it is to get a good backup in the event you need to restore your data.

2.) Verify that you are using the latest version of Desktop Manager. Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager. In the Desktop manager program on your PC use the Help menu and select About Desktop Manager. If you need the latest version follow this link.

3.) If you haven’t already, download lastest OS 4.x from this link or if available from your carrier its BEST to download here (select carrier)

4.) Install 4.x using the .exe file you just downloaded. If you are downloading the OS specific for your carrier you can skip step

5. I other words if upgrading a T-Mobile BlackBerry with T-Mobile OS then you can skip this step. However, if you have an At&T Wireless Blackberry and the OS is non-At&T eg. from Vodafone, you MUST follow step 5.5.) Delete the ‘Vendor.xml’ file ( C:\Program Files\Common Files\Research In Motion\AppLoader ) Or search your computer’s hard drive for the “vendor.xml” file. Once you find it, delete it.

6.) Connect the BlackBerry device to the computer. If prompted, type your BlackBerry device password and click OK.

7.) Open Desktop Manager. It should recognize that there is an upgrade for your device. (‘Vendor.xml‘ must be deleted for this step to work).

8) When the Application Loader Wizard is finished examining the configuration on the BlackBerry device, the Device Application Selection screen appears listing the applications and OS version available for installation. The selected check boxes indicate applications that are already installed on the BlackBerry device. 

9) If you didn’t backup first you should select to do so now.

10) Follow the prompts and you will have OS 4.x installed in about 15 to 20 minutes.  


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12 Responses to “How to Upgrade Blackberry Bold 9000 Firmware?”

  1. Upgrading Blackberry Bold 9000 OS - Successful : - Re-engineering Life on October 11th, 2008 2:10 pm

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  2. Opper on October 31st, 2008 5:45 am


    Will it work for non Rogers Inc. providers?

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  4. Hisham on November 10th, 2008 1:23 pm
  5. Hisham on November 10th, 2008 1:27 pm

    Oh ya,

    Before I forgot, anyone can go to and click your Network Provider to get the updates and downloads specific to your network requirements

  6. albert rustanto on November 16th, 2008 10:56 am

    Hi, i would like to know how to remove password cause i forget to remove before upgrading my bold. Now it shows only reload software 561 on the screen. I try so many times to plug it in again it cant reconnect because my password. please help me

  7. James Poulos on December 17th, 2008 7:39 pm

    Will this firmware update work on USA versions from AT&T????? or is this for out of country?
    and also did this firmware update address battery life only lasting 1 day or a tad over a day? my battery was at 30% after being off the charger for 14hrs which i know in blackberrys is very uncommon and i had all apps killed and no programs in the background running.

  8. kim on December 26th, 2008 3:37 pm

    Ok! I am totally new at using blackberrys, and I am very worried because I can’t watch movievies or some video clips ! I would like to know if there is a way I can change that ? I am from Mexico and my BB is on a mexican net so please help!

  9. simon rivian ramadhian on February 4th, 2009 1:45 am

    Thank you for your sharing…

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  12. Josh on April 15th, 2009 8:43 am

    Hi there, does anyone know how to download it?!, I have tried using I.E. But it stops half way through saying network time out, I tried to do it with firefox, but I can’t not even get as far as the download page, very page times out, this is really stressing me out, are they having a problem?, or are there servers just being gay?! Please help me!

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