Recovery Options Following Microsoft's Inadvertent Windows 10 Build Release

Joanna Estrada
June 3, 2017

Also, it is said that the speaker may have initially been created to be a part of the Windows 10 PC's ecosystem, but it has since been developed in a way that it can function independently as well.

At present it is unclear exactly how many Windows 10 users have updated this faulty build. Microsoft has said that its analysis shows only a small portion of Insiders got these builds.

Surprisingly, the bad build also extended to some Windows phones that aren't registered in the Insider program, though it won't install unless you register as an Insider.

The purported Windows XP was running on nearly 10.34 per cent of computers in July 2016, so the operating system barely lost 3 per cent market share points in approximately 10 months, despite no longer getting patches and security updates.

Second - for any mobile users that received this update on their devices and are now stuck in a boot loop, you will have to use the Windows Device Recovery Tool (WDRT) to restore your device to your OEMs last public release for that hardware.

Dona Sarkar, head of the Windows Insider program, sincerely confirmed the unwanted release of BUILD 16212 in a tweet and urged users to refrain from updating their PCs and phones.

If your device has downloaded the update but it is yet to be installed, you can change the active hours to delay the update. If you see a new build ready for your device over the weekend, avoid it.

As for PC users who've installed the internal Windows 10 build will not face any drastic rebooting loop issues like the mobile preview build.

"You have up to 10 days to roll-back and this will only work if you did not do Disk Cleanup to remove your previous Windows installation", she noted. Anyone who installed the build can either roll back to the previous release or wait until Microsoft publishes a new fast ring build. Microsoft says it won't be releasing any new builds this week, presumably as it's working to ensure this surprising mistake doesn't occur again. But you'd have to be daft to run an Insider build on a 16GB tablet too, so all is fair and all that. This may mean that some Windows 10 users who are not part of the Windows 10 Insiders Program may also become part of the mayhem.

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