Updating the Barnes & Noble Nook Color to Version 1.4.1

Updating the Barnes & Noble Nook Color to Version 1.4.1

I found that my recent purchased Barnes and Noble color Nook had an update.  I had the option to wait for it to roll out or manually install it.  I tried the do it yourself method.  I went to this web site  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/Software-Updates-NOOK-Color/379003190/ to get the instructions.  I followed the instructions but the device would not install.  What I got to work is I went in to look at the contents of my Nook hard drive and found the .zip file.  I clicked on it once and it said that the file was not recognized.  I finger tapped the file ikon a second time and it began to load.  I am not certain this method was designed by the software engineers.  I would NOT attempt this procedure until their method fails  to work for you.  Do try the Barnes & Noble steps first and see if they work for you.  All I can tell you is it worked for me after waiting over half an hour for the Nook to do it by itself but utterly failed.

(Following black text, seen below, came directly from the Barnes and Noble web site.  I added red text notes.)

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To get the update manually, you can download the software update to your computer at any time and then copy it onto your NOOK Color. Simply follow the steps below. Manual Download Instructions:
1. From your computer, click here for the software update file. Select Save and select Desktop as the location. Do NOT modify or change the downloaded file’s name in any way. Do NOT open the *.ZIP file.
2. Press the Home Button and then tap Settings on the Quick Nav Bar. Then tap Device Info and make sure your NOOK’s battery charge is at 20% or more.
3. Connect your NOOK Color to your computer using the USB cable that came with your device. A new, removable drive should show up in My Computer (Mac users will see the NOOK drive appear on the desktop or in devices). You should also see a “USB Mode” message on your NOOK screen.
4. From your computer, drag and drop the downloaded *.ZIP file onto the main directory of the NOOK drive. Do NOT open or unzip the file. You should not create a new folder on the NOOK drive or add the file to any other existing folder.  When they mean the main directory, they mean outside of ALL the folders. Do NOT put it into the B&N Downloads, as some might think proper.
5. Eject or Safely Remove the NOOK drive after the file transfer is complete.
6. Your NOOK will automatically recognize the file after a few minutes when it goes to sleep mode, and proceed to install the updates.   This did NOT work for me.  I instead, went to the small ikon bottom left corner representing the micro SD card and press my finger on it.  This opens up the SD card or the Nook hard drive.  I chose to view the Nook hard drive and found the zip file there.  I finger tapped that file a couple of times until the file loaded and then lowered the Nook down to my desk and did NOT disturbe it while it installed the new system.  During the installation the Nook screen will show you that the installation is taking place.
7. Please do not turn off your NOOK during the installation process.

8. Once the installation is completed, your NOOK will automatically restart and go to the unlock screen.

9. On the bottom left status bar a green “n” will appear. Tap on it for additional information; the software has been successfully updated.  Yes, this did appear but when you finger press this little ikon, it puts up a small screen telling you have completed the update and then the little “n” will disappear.

NOOK Color must remain turned on while the update is being installed. Once the software is installed, your NOOK will automatically restart. To verify you have the latest update, tap Settings from the Quick Nav Bar, tap Device Info, then tap About Your NOOK, and check to see that your software version number matches the number at the top of this page.

NOTE:  That zip file will seem to disappear off the Nook hard drive after the installation is complete.  I think I did find it moved to “My Downloads” as a “6_Ticket.zip”.  I pressed my finger down on the file and I was given only one choice of “Delete”.  I chose to delete the file.

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