Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Microsoft Apologises for Accidental Release of Internal Windows 10 Builds

HP's Cortana speaker will be a standalone device with built-in intelligence Microsoft mistakenly releases broken Windows 10 build
Lori Graves | 03 June, 2017, 07:24

Some Windows Phone users now not in the Insider program also reported getting these inadvertent test builds.

For Windows 10 users it's a bit easier.

Getting out of this loop requires the use of the Windows Device Recover Tool.

As I continued to monitor social media, I saw tweets that indicated some users who were in the mobile Slow and Release Preview Rings were also seeing this build on their phones although it was meant to be a Fast Ring release. She further added, "We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for being a Windows Insider".

This happened because an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds/which rings to push out to insiders. For Windows Insiders who are concerned about stability and buggy behavior, be advised that you might be running a preview build that was not yet ready for testing.

Microsoft says it quickly reverted the issue and put blocks in place to ensure these development builds didn't reach more people, but a "small portion" of Windows 10 users still received them.

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Microsoft is soon going to drop support for the classic Windows Phone apps in a future release of Windows 10 Mobile. Do not forget to create a backup of the phone before performing a device reset. The company didn't go into specifics, but anyone concerned about the ramifications of installing this build can just roll back to a previous version of Windows 10, provided they do so within the next 10 days and haven't run Disk Cleanup. Also, users can roll-back to previous Insider builds via Settings Update & Security Recovery. If we find any results that are different from before, we'll keep you updated.

"The new HP digital assistant featuring Cortana is a standalone personal assistant device that does not need to connect to a Windows 10 PC to provide a complete intelligent speaker experience".

Microsoft is expected to release (intentionally) new, planned test builds to Windows 10 Insiders next week. Once that's done, you can sign back up for the Windows Insider Program.

Now, less than four hours later, new builds are showing up on Windows phones.

The installation of these builds could have forced the device into a reboot loop.


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