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Update Your Zune Player Software

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Keeping your computer and software up to date is very important in keeping everything running smooth and secure. It’s also important to keep your geeky gadgets updated as well. Here we take a look at updating a Zune HD.

Note: In this example we’re updating a Zune HD out of the box which hasn’t been updated yet.

The first thing you’ll need to do if you haven’t already is download and install the latest Zune software (link below).


Now plug your Zune into your computer with the included USB connection cable and give it a moment to be recognized.


Next launch the Zune Desktop software and you should get the following screen. Just accept the EULA…


Then the update kicks off. Make sure not to disconnect the Zune while the update takes place.


The update will take a few minutes, and after it’s complete you should be good to go and can start using your Zune.


To update your player in the future, go to General Settings then Player Update.


Just like your computer’s hardware and software, you want to keep your other geeky gadgets updated as well. This will help the device run more smoothly, and sometimes add additional functionality.

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Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 03/8/10

Comments (4)


    Anything like the older zunes, with future updates it will give you no choice but to update it the second you plug it in to update/sync.


    hi! i would just like to know how long it should take for the zune update? its been ten minutes and it is still on the “update in progress” screen you’ve listed?

  3. Brandon

    i just bought a zune an i cant get an update on my zune it has an error message every time can someone help

  4. Mattherw

    i bought a used zune it has 3.2 software on it and telles me i need to update so i attempt and contiue getting an error message what whould u suggest i do

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