If you been with Windows Phone since the beginning, you already know that Windows Phone 7 devices were updated using a Desktop Tool, and over the cable. Later with Windows Phone 8.1 Microsoft switched to Over the Air solution but also rolled out the Windows Device Recovery Tool to install everything from the fresh if things got little messy.
Now, AAWP reports that Over The Cable Update tool is back, targeted towards IT Admins to update multiple Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile devices on the go. The tool has no UI but works on the command line tool which automates the flashing of any Windows phone to the latest supported branch/release.
The difference compared to WDRT tool is that instead of taking you back to factory settings, this tool follows the upgrade path for the supported devices, keeping the phone, and the data intact.
Steve Litchfield tried this with a Lumia 735 with Windows Phone 8.1 and OtcUpdater correctly connected and delivered Windows 10 Mobile to it – but only build 10586, with no hint of the build 14393 it should be on. He comments:
The OtcUpdater tool did manage to update the Lumia 735 to W10M with only very minimal interaction needed on the phone, so that’s something.
A tool to be aware of, but it’s not exactly magical.
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Note: Minimum Requirement
Windows 10 , Windows Phone 8.1
- The full set of requirements can be found in the included ReadMe. Key requirements: – device must be able to connect to a PC via USB – device with PIN lock must be unlocked before using the OTC Updater – device must be in Airplane mode before using the OTC Updater – PC running a supported Windows client OS with latest service pack installed – PC must have a minimum of .NET 4.0 installed – PC must have Internet connectivity and be able to connect to WU