Creators Update

Many phones, which were eligible for Creators update Insider Preview program were later dumped by Microsoft as unsupported for official Windows 10 Mobile Creators update release. But if you own any of these newly unsupported phones you can now get official Creators update by joining the Release Preview Ring. For your reference this was the list of phones earlier eligible for Windows 10 Mobile Creators update Insider Preview.

List of supported + now unsupported phones list (Creators Update):

  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL

  • BLU Win HD LTE x150e

  • BLU Win HD W510U

  • BLU Win HD LTE X150Q

  • BLU Win JR x130e

  • Lumia 430

  • Lumia 435

  • Lumia 532

  • Lumia 535

  • Lumia 540

  • Lumia 550

  • Lumia 635 (1GB)

  • Lumia 636 (1GB)

  • Lumia 638 (1GB)

  • Lumia 640

  • Lumia 640 XL

  • Lumia 650

  • Lumia 730

  • Lumia 735

  • Lumia 830

  • Lumia 929 (ICON)

  • Lumia 930

  • Lumia 950

  • Lumia 950 XL

  • Lumia 1520

  • Mouse Computer Madosma Q501

  • Xiaomi Mi4

Now many readers are facing issues in getting Creators Update via Release Preview program, even when their devices are in above list. So, thing is if your device was already in Insider program and on Build 15063, you will start getting latest cumulative Builds like the latest Build 15063.251.

In case you weren’t part of insiders program and your device is still on Anniversary update (Build you will have to join Insiders program and switch to Slow ring to get Build 15063.XXX.

Here is how you can join Insider Program on Windows 10 Mobile. Once done, you can now join Release Preview Ring and stay on it.

  • Head to Settings >> Update & Security
  • Tap on Windows Insider Programme
  • If you are currently on the Fast Ring / Slow Ring, choose Release Preview. This will ensure you to continue receive cumulative updates going forward.

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Original Article:

Microsoft has just started working out on the next major update Redstone 3 for Windows 10 on Mobile devices and lately, pushed Build 15204 for Insiders on the Fast Ring. While this is nothing new in terms of build updates, but I’m afraid to say, there is something that brought disappointment to many die hard Windows Phone fans as responsible people at Microsoft has yet again ditched support for some Lumia devices and those will no longer receive further updates.

Well, to clear up things for you, here is the list of Official SUPPORTED devices:

  • HP Elite x3
  • Microsoft Lumia 550
  • Microsoft Lumia 640/640XL
  • Microsoft Lumia 650
  • Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL
  • Alcatel IDOL 4S
  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL
  • SoftBank 503LV
  • VAIO Phone Biz
  • MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601
  • Trinity NuAns NEO

And here’s the catch.

  1. If you are carry any of the above mentioned devices, and have currently enrolled in Insider Program either as Fast or Slow Ring member, no action is needed and you will continue to receive future Insider builds from Microsoft.
  2. If you are a non-Insider, and do not own any of the devices, You will NOT receive Official Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update, and this is where things get weird and confusing.
  3. If you do not own any of the above mentioned device, but have been receiving Insider builds (Fast/Slow) till now, IT IS time for you take action.

The above points may be somewhat of an eye-opener for you if you are still confused as to what will happen to my device going forward or how do I get Official Creators Update.

If you fall under point #3 above, and carry a device like Lumia 1520 or the Lumia 930 (which are not on the list) , where you want to continue receive the CUMULATIVE updates, there are TWO options for you to stay on the Creators Update Build 15063.x

Leave the Windows Insider Preview Program (requires RESET)

To do so,

  • Head to Settings >> Update & Security
  • Tap on Windows Insider Programme
  • Tap Stop insider preview builds
  • A pop appears (Want to take a break?) with three options. Tap the fast forward button saying “keep giving me builds until the next Windows release”
  • On the next screen, Tap confirm.
  • Tap Restart Now.
  • On restart, you may have to RESET your device to completely remove your membership from the Insider program, leaving no bits behind.

Move to a less risky Insider ring, Release Preview

To do so,

  • Head to Settings >> Update & Security
  • Tap on Windows Insider Programme
  • If you are currently on the Fast Ring/Slow Ring, choose Release Preview. This will ensure you to continue receive cumulative updates going forward.

It is hard to digest…

You might be wondering why all this fuss when Microsoft had planned to drop support for older Lumia phones. It is very hard to digest and the decision did not went abrupt. As per the feedback received from the users it was imminent. If you are carrying a Lumia 930, for example and supposedly enrolled as an Insider and then constantly whine about the battery drains and the unnecessary heat up etc. knowing the consequences of testing pre-released software, this is where it will end.

I am not blaming Microsoft for this step, neither I am saying that ALL such users are responsible for the outcome, there are users who have had next to no issues and still want Microsoft to consider them eligible for the program, but nothing can be done, at the moment. We have seen this before, and only God knows the future of Windows 10 on phone.