Microsoft has a new tool to bring your Windows phones up to date

Microsoft’s Windows phone may be commercially dead, but the firm is still pushing out security updates and bug fixes for users who remain with their Lumias and other miscellaneous Windows phones.
The software maker has released a new tool for enterprising Windows phone users and fans which lets them bring up their phones to the latest version of the operating system –Over the Cable–updater.

Normally when updating a Windows phone, either from Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile, a user has to download and install each and every individual update until they get up to date. Obviously, as the backlog piles up. updating Windows phones will get more and more tedious, and some users might even opt out of updating.

The app, OTC updater, does exactly what it says on the tin, updating Windows phones which are plugged in directly to any Windows PC with this app installed.
Previously, the Windows device recovery tool could serve this function, allowing users to jump straight to the newest update, Microsoft altered the functionality of the app so that it now restores users to the Windows version that they originally shipped with. This makes the new app — OTC Updater — the only way for a user to jump straight to the latest supported build of Windows 10 Mobile for their device. [Edit: Nope, turns out this downloads each individual update first too if you reset all the way back.- Michael]

You can download the app and learn more about it from Microsoft’s site here.


Thanks for the tip, Yepp!

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