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Re: Kies taking too long
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Kies | Samsung UK
Open Galaxy 4 but suggest disabling Wifi and putting in Airplane mode to avoid inadvertent or unwanted activity.
Connect Galaxy S4 by USB to back of computer (Not front, Why? Not a clue!)
It seems to work even with a long extension cable if connected to the back of the computer!
(Speedy – particularly in comparison with often called bloatware of Kies)
Kies3 may report unsupported device.
However Windows XP should open a Portable Device Screen enabling a Windows Explorer folder , which should allow file inspection and transfer etc. It may help to open a second ‘My Computer’ Window or Windows Explorer screen.
This will allow speedy file management, if this is all that is wanted.
Of course you may also use Cloud based systems such as Dropbox.
If you really want Kies then it may now load surprisingly quickly (i.e. within a minute or two - as opposed to the 10 minute or so ugly work around that I found. This involving connecting the S4 Galaxy phone, selecting the trouble shoot connection button, disconnecting the phone, then after following the procedures reconnecting the phone to the USB Cable again.)
Frankly I would personally avoid using Kies for anything.
I keep getting a frustrating nag to update the firmware on the Galaxy S4 phone. It carries disturbing warnings about possible effects on installed apps, and about not turning off the device once the update has started. What is really disturbing is that there are two buttons, install now or install later. I do not want to install the update at all. I am quite satisfied with what I’ve got. The problem is that there is eventually the possibility of inadvertently selecting the Install option. My Asus fonepad allows me at least to turn off the unwanted update notification screen.
Research has indicated that possibly upgrading using the phone connection may be preferable because apparently Kies mav reinstall the whole firmware system (slowly) and not just necessary alterations.
Moreover the upgrade seems to have little or no effect, apart maybe for a slight increase in speed. See:
I have often attempted upgrades in the hope of getting better performance, only to be seriously disappointed (e.g. with Acrobat PDF reader with its annoying scroll needing one to keep pressing the scroll button on a suitable mouse – really horrible – hoping always that this will be remedied, but it never has been) . I now do not bother with time consuming voluntary upgrades, even when there are alleged security issues.
There is now such a variety of devices and systems that what works for one may not work in the same way for another. It is extremely frustrating.
I would frankly not recommend using Kies in any situation and use kies3 to facilitate file transfer.
Kies may not be compatible with Windows8 (at least a Samsung Windows indicated compatibility with XP, Vista, and & 7. And Kies3 with XP, 7 and 8) and that Samsung Galaxy S4 phone was not compatible with Kies3 (which it is not, at least on my computer). So what about someone with GalaxyS4 and Windows8?
Of course to say that Kies is compatible with XP, Vista and 7 doe snot exclude that it may be compatible with 8 but it does not give rise to any confidence.
The phrase “The ship was sunk due to the lack of a half penny worth of tar” seems to apply not only to Samsung, but also increasingly to Microsoft (end of XP support, Youtube crashing on Windows 8.1 using Internet Explorer, but not, thankfully, using Google Chrome!) at least on my devices ) and even Apple (File transfer for iPAD) .