Someone came to me to try to get one working again, now that Microsoft had pulled the plug on the web resources. Why, I have no clue. Of why Microsoft would pull the firmware, but offer it elsewhere. Don’t ask me why one would want to use one these days either. But a million of them are probably floating around.
- Right click on Zune-Firmware-x86.msi , unzip the firmware to its own folder using 7zip
- Rename all the files. Basically put a dot in front of CAB or XML.
- Copy FirmwareUpdate.xml and rename second copy to zuneprod.xml
- Open zuneprod.xml and edit every incidence of “URL=” to make it look like “url=http://resources.zune.net/(insertfilenamehere).cab”
- Make a folder called “firmware”, then another folder within the firmware folder called “v4_5”. So that it looks like /firmware/v4_5/
- Copy zuneprod.xml to /firmware/v4_5/
- Find Notepad on your PC. Right click on it, open it as administrator. Within notepad, go to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\
- Open HOSTS file. Go to the bottom of the file. Add “127.0.0.1 resources.zune.net” on its own line.
- Fire up Fenix Web Server, use the base folder of that you unzipped the Zune firmware into as the directory and keep port 80.
- Test by firing up a web browser and going to http://resources.zune.net , you should see the list of files.
- Install the Zune software
- After it’s running, plug in your Zune. Give it a minute or two. Remember to hold down the power button for 15 seconds if it’s turned off.
- It should complete the firmware upload.