When it comes to Smartphones and the Asian market, Xiaomi remains one of the biggest players, producing an appreciable number of mobile devices and smartphones with awesome technology every year. With the quality of their smartphones available across the globe, Xiaomi is arguably one of the best with excellent build quality, software features and outstanding user interface.
Year in, year out, millions of Xiaomi smartphones are put to the test with stringent quality evaluation tests to ensure that both hardware and software are no short of perfection. Unfortunately, as is the case with every smartphone brand, Xiaomi smartphones may face a few software challenges such as bugs or crashes. And while the wide variety of smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi inclusive, have come a long way from frequent software crashes and glitches to very rare incidence, there are times where massive software crashes can occur on a Xiaomi smartphone, compromise the data, run into a crash or even become bricked, making the entire device unusable.
Hard bricks differ from soft bricks. In the case of a soft brick, users can fix their phone by a forced reboot of their smartphone by long-pressing the device’s power button for about 10-20 seconds. This can also be done by removing the device’s battery.
Hard bricks on the other hand requires some form of flashing the system software of the smartphone. It may be required in the event of a corrupt file system, a virus or incomplete update of the device. To this effect, Xiaomi has published a high-quality smartphone software solution app – Enter the Mi Flash tool.
The Mi Flash tool is a popular flash tool developed by Xiaomi for its wide and more recent range of devices. The software can support an extensive number of devices from Xiaomi including the Mi5, Redmi 3, Redmi 3s, Redmi Prime, Mi Note and Redmi Note in the case of a hard brick. The Mi Flash tool also supports all of Xiaomi devices down to the Mi1, and runs almost flawlessly on multiple Windows operating system versions including Windows 8, 8.1 and 10.
The Mi Flash tool will install very straightforwardly on any version of Windows OS that you may be running. During the installation, the software will run and verify the availability of a number of important files required for the Mi Flash tool to work properly. One of the most important files for the installation of the Mi Flash tool is the Msvcr100.dll file.
The Msvcr100.dll file is a prerequisite system file for the Mi Flash tool to complete its installation and run properly. Users may run into a number of errors if this file is missing from their system. If you receive any error pertaining to the dll file, you will need to download it from a trusted website and place it in the required location for the software to work. You can get the Msvcr100.dll file from Wikidll.com by simply searching for it, downloading the compressed file, extracting the file and copying the raw to the C:\Windows\System32 folder.
After you have downloaded and copied this dll to the appropriate location, retry the installation or run the app again. Installation and running of the app is usually smooth, not tasking or straining most PCs to run it. As a standard, have up to 10GB free on your HDD and at least 2GB RAM on board.
The Mi Flash tool performs excellently well when it comes to fulfilling its basic purpose of recovery and flashing. The software can run with other application open without inflicting too much strain on PC performance or RAM. The Mi Flash tool will run smoothly on any of the operating systems and requires no significant computing power. In conclusion, it is safe to say that both flash and modification uses of the Mi Flash tool will run seamlessly provided there is no input-output (I/O) error with the connected Xiaomi device.
Features and Functions
The Mi Flash tool can be used for two purposes although only the first is officially supported by Xiaomi. Officially, the Mi Flash tool can be used for recovery and flash functions. If your device has been bricked, becomes unacceptably slow, starts backtracking or crashes abruptly into an endless restart loop, then the Mi Flash tool is the go-to solution for a stable fix. The other function, which is not officially supported is the modification process. This is somewhat similar to jailbreaking on an iPhone. The modification allows for the installation of customized operating systems, use of unregulated apps and much more freedom around the device.
To use the Mi Flash tool, you will need to unlock the bootloader of the device and use a Mi Flash unlock app to flashboot files. After the bootloader of your Xiaomi device has been unlocked, you can download the official Stock firmware of your device and flash through the Mi Flash tool.
As a software package, the Mi Flash tool comes with an installer to allow the installation of the device on the PC. It is also accompanied by some In-built driversthat include Google drivers, Qualcomm USB drivers, Microsoft MTP drivers, ADB tools and RNDIS drivers. This means you do not need to download each of these drivers separately as long as you have the software installed. The flash tool has multiple flashing options including options to flash the whole device, flash the device except storage and flash the device except data and storage.
Pros and Cons
Even as impressive as the Mi Flash tool is, it is not without one or two cons that may give users some challenges. That said, the pros of using the tool largely outweighs the cons.
- Supports multiple versions of Windows from Windows 7 to 10
- Works for a wide array of Xiaomi devices
- Simple user interface
- Allows for OTA (over-the-air) updates
- Can be used for downgrades too
- Comes with a wide array of required and optional drivers
- Users may encounter some DLL errors on installation
- Some versions only work on 64-bit versions of Windows