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Not all Windows Phone 8.1 devices will get Windows 10 even if they are on Insider

While Microosft has finally made Windows 10 Mobile upgrade for public, the company added some bad news as well. There are some devices which will not be able to upgrade to Windows 10 from 8.1, even though they are already running Windows 10 Mobile using the insiders program.

Microsoft’s Michael Fortin shared this disappoint news stating:

This list includes a limited set of Windows Phone 8.1 devices and does not include some devices that are currently running Windows 10 Mobile in the Windows 10 Mobile Insider program. As Windows 10 delivers significant new innovations, many older devices are not able to successfully upgrade without an impact on the customer experience. Our goal is to only offer the Windows 10 upgrade to devices that we are confident can continue to deliver a good customer experience.

So what does it mean? It means that using the Insiders program Microsoft realised that even though they can be upgraded, the performance delivered  on the devices are not at par. So if they allowed it, there will be lot of problems faced by the consumers in long term. I am not much surprised here mostly because there were lot of complaints about the performance, specially on low end.

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Well, I am sure you must be smiling that you already have cheated your way out, but Microsoft is smart enough. They clearly mentioned that you can keep using your device in unsupported state if its not in the official list. You will not get build updates beyond the Current Branch build 10586. At some point in the future these devices will also stop receiving updates to the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build. In order to recover the devices back to a supported build of Windows Phone 8.1, you may use the Windows Device Recovery Tool.

List of Devices Not getting Windows 10 Mobile Upgrade ? Well we don’t have the full list but ti what we have seen, devices Lumia 520, 525, 620, 625, 630, 635, 720, 820, 920, 925, 1020, 530, HTC 8S/8X, ATIV S. The last one will be 10586 Build on them. Yes you get Windows 10 Mobile through Insider but remain unsupported. Below is the video showing how you can upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile even on unsupported devices:

via Microsoft | Thanks Michael

 

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A die hard fan of Windows, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone and Xbox, Loves to Do Video reviews on Windows Phone Apps, Games, Xbox Games, Xbox Tutorials. He Owns a Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 550, Lumia 1020 & BLU WIN HD LTE and have used all the Lumia Phones and Non Lumia Phones as well.
  • Argha Chowdhury

    “They clearly mentioned that you can keep using your device in
    unsupported state if its not in the official list. You will not
    get build updates beyond the Current Branch build 10586. At some point
    in the future these devices will also stop receiving updates to the
    Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build” I have a little bit confusion here. I am using lumia 640 and its in the official list but I am using WM10 using the Insider preview. If I dont update my phone officially to WM10 according to them, will I not get updates beyond the current branch build 10586?

    • You will get. Its only for devices which are not on the Official list. In fact the next upgrade to your devices will be Redstone 1.

  • saiju

    Hai,
    My L730 is on insider preview. How to get the official windows 10 in my device?
    Is it required to roll back to windows 8.1 and then go for the upgrade? Totally confused 😖 ???