Microsoft rolled out OS update that bricked Windows Phones

Joanna Estrada
June 3, 2017

Officials hinted that PC testers would be getting 16203 and mobile testers a new "Feature 2" release, Build 15220, of Windows 10. The leaked build will not install on mobile devices, and will instead make them get stuck in a reboot loop.

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.

Microsoft released a new build of Windows 10, causing the collapse of the PC and mobile devices.

The PC build was believed not to have any serious issues, but Hassan cautioned against installing it. As noted above, it seems the builds for other devices were being released to mobile. The company said the builds were pushed out to Windows Insiders because of an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds and which rings get doled out.

For those who received the build on PC, Microsoft would like you to know that an install of it may "include issues that may impact the usability of your PC".

Microsoft says its team was quick to revert the deployment and put blocks in place to stop these builds from going out to more people. As it stands, Microsoft says only a small portion of Insiders were affected by this.

Windows 10 testers on PC, who installed the build, will now have to wait for Microsoft to push a newer build or rollback by using the recovery options available in the Settings menu on Windows 10. If we find any results that are different from before, we'll keep you updated.

As discovered late past year, Home Hub is meant to be a feature for making Windows 10 devices a central clearinghouse in families' homes. If you have installed, reset with WDRT. Anyone on the Creators Update or newer will find these builds waiting for them - including those in the Slow and Release Preview rings - and your phone might even try to install them automatically if you're not paying attention.

- Press and hold the volume down and Power buttons at the same time until you feel a vibration (about 10-15 seconds).

- Once the exclamation mark appears, press the following four buttons in this order: volume up, volume down, Power, volume down.

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