Well, there's always Cyanogen
Microsoft has temporarily pulled builds of Windows 10 for certain Lumia phones from the Windows Insider program, after some customers reported that trying to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 killed their mobes. "We are seeing some reports of failures on Lumia 520/525/526 devices when trying to roll back to Windows Phone 8.1 …
Way to go on reading before posting.
Of course, the fact that this is a technical preview build - install at your own risk - and the models that are getting bricked have only just been added doesn't matter...
"Me see windowz fone article... me must post..."
Of course, this does not for one moment excuse Microsoft for dropping a bollock (again!), but please, El Reg, please, please can we have a mechanism for hiding or auto-withdrawing posts that get enough downvotes?
I got bored/brave/drunk earlier this week.
My 1020 seems to have survived - will hold off attempting to undo my rash decission until the stability of the 8.1 recovery tool has been looked into. A colleague who's 1020 has been crashing and generally not behaving itself since he got it from Fleebay managed the 8.1 - 10 - 8.1 dance, but wouldn't recognise his SIM on 10, and crashed during recovery, but despite the odds is back to its oringinal crashing on 8.1.
Mines been rock solid stable, and even on 10 tech preview, which is full of alpha and beta software it's still not crashing. Given there are reports of the 8.1 roll back tool not working, it would be pretty stupid to run it. A bit like patching to iOS 8.0.1 after the reports of how good it was?
It's the one where they never test in house but let the customers do the testing... much sadness usually follows. It's a stupid idea and it's brought companies who have done to bankruptcy. This crap should have been found in-house before letting Joe Tester find his phone is bricked.
Windows 8.1 seems to be slowly invading my household.
My 13yo has a Lumia 630 which came with 8.1 installed, she loves it - so who am I to argue.
We now have two Win 8.1 laptops in the house - with classic shell running over the top - both machines boot faster than they did under 7 but with classic shell mostly still feel like Win7 machines.
When renewing her mobe contract with Three, my wife was given an 'incentive' to stay with them - an Acer Iconia 8W - it too has 8.1 - oddly enough this is my least fave device - although with a Bluetooth mouse and Keyboard I can use it as a Word processor and it outperforms my old Asus 1015PX netbook (horrid Win7 Starter) and, although only an 8" screen rather than 10", the 1280x800 resolution is much more useful than the netbook's 1024x600 and it's just 'nicer' to look at too (which is useful when editing a novel))
Suum cuique, of course.
Microsoft need to step back a bit and look at what chaos and damage they are causing to the Windows Brand. Microsoft should just admit it, there was never meant to be an upgrade path to Windows 10 for Nokia Devices.
Rearranging the deck chairs might seem a good idea, but throwing them around the room, wasn't meant to be part of the solution. (Microsoft keep using the same unloved Metro deckchairs too, and no one's willing to put their head into no-mans land, and say - 'failure')
Microsoft - Stop rushing, work methodically, get Previews out - fine, but each new added feature needs to be complete and working, not a bag of tangled wool. iOS isn't going anywhere new for a while, but iOS does make updates look like child's play compared to f'in Windows Update.
Hard to see what part of the article you're addressing in that comment.
This is not a customer update; it's a developer preview release, and you're expected to understand the risks involved with installing software onto your phone that hasn't been signed off as fit for release. (As you bring up iOS, you might consider what iOS 8.0.1, an allegedly QA'd and released build, did to customer phones: nobody's perfect)
Don't know where you get the idea that there's no upgrade to 10 for Lumia devices: 10 is effectively the same kernel as 8, just with new applications. (Desktop and Phone "Windows" OSes already share a kernel - it was making this change that dead-ended the Windows Phone 7.x series). If the phone has the CPU power to service those new applications, then 10 will go onto the phone. Simple as that.
I would never, ever put a preview OS build onto my primary device, be it a phone or a PC. I've been looking at the desktop 10 builds with a VM, and I'm thinking of buying a SIM-free 6xx to put the 10 builds onto, though, for testing purposes.
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