Microsoft will still let unsupported Windows Phones update to the Windows 10 Creators Update

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Creators Update for supported Windows Mobile devices two days ago, the firm has now released a guide for devices which are no longer supported by Microsoft updates moving forward. It is important to note that while these devices are no longer eligible for feature updates, they are still supported by Microsoft with regards to cumulative updates.

That being said, here’s what you can do if you’re on an unsupported device.

  •  If you are on an unsupported device and already on the Windows 10 Creators Update (Build 15063): Go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program and move to the Release Preview ring in order to continue receiving Cumulative Updates for Build 15063. Your device should pick up Build 15063.251 today.
  •  If you are on an unsupported device not on the Windows 10 Creators Update (Build 15063): To get to Build 15063, join the Windows Insider Program on your device and get into the Fast or Slow ring. Once in the Fast or Slow ring, your device will begin taking multiple “hops” to get to Build 15063. Older devices will likely have to take the Windows 10 November Update (Build 10586) and Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393) in order to get to Build 15063. Once you get to Build 15063 on your device, make sure you go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program and move to the Release Preview ring in order to continue receiving Cumulative Updates for Build 15063.
  •  If you are on an unsupported device and want to return your device to a supported state: You will need to remove your device from the Windows Insider Program by using the Windows Device Recovery Tool to re-flash your device and use the Upgrade Advisor app to get back to Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393). From there, your device will receive the latest Cumulative Updates for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update going forward.

To be clear, Microsoft isn’t stopping you from getting to the Creators Update – and you will in fact get Cumulative Updates for your Windows phone on there. For users of devices like the 930 and 1520, this should come as a relief, allowing older users to squeeze a few more months of life out of the nearly half decade old devices. Microsoft has learned a few lessons from its initial Windows 10 Mobile rollout it seems, and it isn’t cutting devices off whole sale this time.

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