I just updated my HTC Desire today to the newest firmware. However, on booting up the phone I get this message saying:

The application HTC Sense (process com.htc.launcher) has stopped unexpectedly.
Please try again.
                                 Force Close

When you force close it pops up again in <1sec and keeps looping like this. Sometimes you can pull down the notification bar and open a text or email, but com.htc.messaging and com.htc.mail produce similar error messages.

I have googled for some answers, but the search and menu buttons do not work, I do not have an alternate window manager and cannot install anything using adb (permission is denied). I tried many hard resets and factory resets but to no avail. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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    @Callium this was an official update? if so were you already on a custom rom?
    – Daniel
    Commented Mar 7, 2011 at 23:53
  • @Dan: It was an official HTC update on an unrooted phone to 2.29.405.1. It went wrong and damaged some library that all HTC apps depending on, I think. Commented Mar 8, 2011 at 18:07

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OP fixed the issue with the following solution:

Edit: I fixed it by following the instructions from TheUnlockr - How To: Unroot the HTC Desire and flashing this ROM [Direct Link].

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