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Backdoor for upgrading older phones to the Creators Update is now closed

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  • On February 23, 2018

Windows Insider program closes doors for Lumia 930, 830 and other models

Microsoft’s first major update for Windows 10 Mobile, the Anniversary Update, came to all supported devices in 2016, but the Creators Update in Spring 2017 dropped official support for most models that shipped with Windows Phone 8.0 or 8.1 originally. Devices like the Lumia 1520, 930, 830 and 730 didn’t get the official update to the Creators Update (1703), remaining on the 1607 version whose support ends in October 2018.

But Microsoft offered an unofficial way to upgrade these phones to version 1703 via the Windows Insider program, which allowed users to extend the support with cumulative updates and fixes until June 2019.

The company has now officially closed this back door, which means if you have not upgraded from 1607 to 1703, your old phone remains stuck on the Anniversary Update with support ending this year. All users who upgraded don’t have to worry as their phones will remain supported until the Creators Update support ends – June 2019.

Microsoft is informing that older update paths won’t be offered anymore in any Insider ring for devices on older Windows builds (14393 or older). Users with build 14393 or older will see a message saying that they need to upgrade to a newer version of Windows in order to join the Insider Program, but this is not possible. It’s worth mentioning that using the WDRT to flash the phone will re-install the Anniversary Update.

In a nutshell:

  • Windows 10 Mobile version 1607 (Anniversary Update) is supported until October 2018.
  • Windows 10 Mobile version 1703 (Creators Update) is supported until June 2019.
  • Windows 10 Mobile version 1709 (_feature 2 Update) is supported until December 2019.

Read when will Microsoft end support for your model.