Teach Your Windows Phone 7 How To Multitask

| March 22, 2011 | Reply

Did you buy into the excitement of the Windows Phone, but are eagerly growing jealous of the tricks your friends iPhones and Android phones are capable of?  Did your friends then jailbreak and root, and gain additional tricks, while you are stuck waiting for native copy and paste, or some sort of crude multitasking hack?  Wait no longer my friends!  The fine folks over at Windows Phone Hacker have been toying around within the registry of these shiny new devices and found an easter egg of sorts.  To make things simple, they have found a way to instantly resume, very similar to the way the iPhone pauses your application in the background, and resumes when you switch back to it.  With a little more elbow grease, and a nice interface over the top of this, WP7 users might have a competitive temporary solution to multitasking.  I am sure Microsoft has something in the works, but if the speed of past updates from Microsoft’s mobile division has taught us anything, you will learn great patience.  Do you think this makes WP7 more competitive, or are they to late to the game?  Let me know in the comments.


When exploring around in the Windows Phone 7 registry, our main developer Jaxbot found something interesting. After playing around, the results were instantly evident: Instant Resuming on Windows Phone 7. A video of how it looks is embedded above. Quite simply, this hack disables the “Resuming…” phase when returning to an application, and instead will take you right back to where you were, instantly. In a more technical aspect, this evidently disables the dehydration function of the task host. Whatever the case, it makes it now possible to jump between applications, text messages, and lock screens without having to wait for the application to reload. Take a peak at it in the video above.

Be forewarned, however. This is not for the average user, and has some undesirable (though not crippling) side effects. To do it, make sure your device is developer unlocked, then edit the following registry key:


and set “DehydrateOnPause” to 0 (defaults to 3).

The effects should be evident immediately, but your results may vary. Again, this is for advanced users only, but it certainly helps when trying to multitask on your Windows Phone 7 device. Enjoy!

Source: Windows Phone Hacker






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