Microsoft today shared some more details regarding the Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update and how users with unsupported devices in hand can either stay on the latest build and continue receive cumulative updates or return to old supported state i.e. Anniversary Update.
There has been a lot of miscommunication with regards to cumulative updates for Insiders from Microsoft lately, and thankfully, there shouldn’t be any doubt going forward.
While this is not much informative or worrying to Insiders with supported devices, but for those users who carry an unsupported phone like Lumia 930, Lumia 1520 etc. this is certainly useful.
So, the situation is like this:
If you are on an unsupported device and want to return to a supported state:
- Stop receiving Insider Builds. (Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Programme)
- Flash the device using the Windows Device Recovery tool. (Here’s how)
Once you are on the Anniversary Update (14393.x), you will continue to receive the cumulative updates, as per Microsoft.
Please note, Anniversary Update is the SUPPORTED state for unsupported devices and NOT the Creators update (15063.x).
If your device was in the Release Preview ring and receiving Cumulative Updates (Build 14393.xxx) for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update previously but no longer supported for the Windows 10 Creators Update – your device will no longer receive updates via the Release Preview ring. You will need to go to Settings > Update & security > Windows Insider Program and press the “Stop Insider Preview builds” button to leave the program. You will then continue receive Cumulative Updates (Build 14393.xxx) for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.