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Kies Mini is an official application from Samsung that is used to update the software on your phone. It should not be confused with the full Kies application, which has a lot more functionality and is not officially supported in the USA. Therefore, abbreviating "Kies Mini" as just "Kies" can cause confusion.
Some important notes before you try to use Kies Mini:
- Your phone must be using Touchwiz. If you're using LauncherPro, ADW or some other launcher, set the default back to "twlauncher" temporarily for the purpose of updating. You can always set it back. Home Switcher makes this easy.
- Your USB must be set to "Kies" mode. Menu -> Settings -> Application -> USB settings -> Kies (Firmware update)
- Don't connect your Captivate to the PC at first. First launch Kies Mini and let it install the latest update to itself. Once it has updated, close Kies Mini and then connect the Captivate via USB with Kies Mini not running. Once the "Portable device" icon has appeared in the System Tray (lower right), then launch Kies Mini.
- There appears to be a conflict between Kies Mini and Internet Explorer 9. If you have IE9 installed, you will probably have to uninstall it in order to use Kies Mini.