New Microsoft tool instantly brings certain WP 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile phones up-to-date

New Microsoft tool instantly brings certain WP 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile phones up-to-date
If you own a Windows Phone 8.1 or Windows 10 Mobile handset, you might know that Microsoft is still sending out bug fixes and security updates for the platforms. Those sporting a handset running either OS have to load all previous versions of the software that they might have missed, before updating the device with the latest version. The Windows device recovery tool used to provide an easy way to update to the latest version of the appropriate OS, but Microsoft changed its functionality; now, the Windows device recovery tool loads the OS version that a particular phone shipped with.

So Microsoft has developed a new tool called Over-the-cable Updater which will load the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile on eligible Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile models. This new tool is the only way for users to avoid having to install all of the updates they missed before bringing their phone completely up-to-date.

The tool requires a connection to a Windows PC, and if the handset is locked with a PIN code, the user must unlock it before using the OTC Updater. The device being updated also needs to have the airplane mode enabled. To download the tool, click on the sourcelink.

source: OTCUpdate via MSPoweruser

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3 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Over the 'cable' updater? Well, my Lumia 430 that's stuck on WP8.1 is in 'DIRE' need of a software upgrade as Messenger no longer works, Twitter no longer sends push notifications and the default Microsoft Internet Explorer has aged, and it hasn't aged well (kinda like me, really). Microsoft OneNote also stopped working for about two weeks, but thankfully it's back in business! And then there are UI quibbles like you can't expand notifications, can't directly interact with them, the settings menu is a scrolling MESS, there's no speech to text option in the keyboard and neither is there a way to move the cursor in the text field, and the old Metro UI doesn't make things any better! Even Android JellyBean has most of these functions + more! With possible exception of direct replies which were introduced in Nougat. Anyhow, looking forward to it. G'Day!

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's what you get for buying crap. Get a real Windows phone and those problems all go away.

2. miketer

Posts: 520; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Hey Harley man, time long gone to upgrade.

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