Microsoft finally releases a new Windows 10 Mobile build, but installing it is a doozy

Upgrading requires a downgrade to Windows Phone 8.1

Users of Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile beta have been waiting a month for the company to release a new version of its operating system for smartphones. Microsoft finally gave them what they wanted Wednesday ... with a huge catch.

Windows 10 Mobile build 10549 is out in the wild, but can only be installed from a phone running Windows Phone 8.1. The team behind the operating system discovered a bug at the last minute that caused phones updating from build 10536 (the latest one public beta testers can run) to open up to a black screen rather than running properly.

Rather than make people wait even longer for a new build, Microsoft Vice President Gabe Aul said that the team decided to make 10549 available for those folks who are willing to jump through the hoops of downgrading and then upgrading again, or those upgrading anew from Windows Phone 8.1 anyway.

To make the upgrade happen from Windows 10 Mobile, users will first have to fire up the Windows Device Recovery tool, re-install the old operating system, then download the Windows Insider app and opt into the Fast ring. After that, they should be able to use the new build as normal.

Installing the new build brings a number of enhancements, like support for using Cortana in Australia, Canada and Japan. The system now supports multiple emoji skin tones, in keeping with similar support from iOS. Despite the massive bug blocking upgrades, this build also includes a variety of bug fixes, like a fix for supporting pinch to zoom in the Maps app.

There are a handful of other bugs in this build, however. One in particular may require users to reset their phones if they find that they're missing apps after the upgrade, while another will prevent the phone from showing new messages until after being unlocked for the first time when rebooted.

Those people who have Windows 10 Mobile installed on their phones but don't want to bother with the process of re-installing Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade with the next build Microsoft releases. That could take a while, though: Aul said in a tweet that users shouldn't expect a new version until at least a week from now.

All of this is coming as the rollout of Windows 10 Mobile draws nearer. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagship phones that Microsoft showed off at its press event last week are slated for release next month, and will be running Windows 10 Mobile. In order for that to happen, the operating system needs to be ready. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft gets there.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoft

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Blair Hanley Frank

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?