Above is my freshly hard reset Nokia Lumia 930. I signed up to the Windows Insider program to get Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 on my phone, and enjoyed this greatly for the last 5 weeks, but unfortunately did not uninstall the Insider app in time.
For the last week my phone has been prompting me to install the latest build 10080, but after a rather bumpy ride on my Nokia Lumia 920, my real test device, which required a hard reset to load the start screen, I had been clicking Not Now each time.
Unfortunately you can only postpone the inevitable so long, and today I woke up with an automatic install of the software, and I suspect a few thousand other people will be in the same boat.
The first I noticed was when the status icons suddenly looked a lot more wire frame than solid, and the next was when my start screen did not load. Toggling More tiles on and off did nothing, but from my 920 I knew the drill – a hard reset was unavoidable.
30 minutes later, and I had a fresh device, and in the interest of science I decided not to restore a back-up, but to see if Windows 10 Mobile works better as a clean install.
So far it does seem that is the case, as with only a few (giant) tiles on my start screen the start screen loads snappily, rather than the constant “Loading…” screen my 920 displays.
Early bugs including Messenger not being able to see screen shots I took to upload, saying the collection was empty. I suspect quite a few more will be popping up.
In the end however it seems I will be testing Windows 10 Mobile on my daily driver, something I was hoping to avoid, but which should give me the best indication of where our favourite OS will be heading over the next few months.
Are any of our readers in the same situation? Let us know below.
(BTW, if this has not happened yet, rumour is that if you hard reset you phone and exit the Insider Program you can get rid of a pending update)