Microsoft accidentally releases test build of Windows 10 to Insiders

Alyssa Bailey
June 3, 2017

Microsoft said these builds might also have been offered to people who aren't members of the Windows Insider Program.

The purported Windows XP was running on nearly 10.34 per cent of computers in July 2016, so the operating system barely lost 3 per cent market share points in approximately 10 months, despite no longer getting patches and security updates. The builds were pushed to an undisclosed number of PC and Windows Phone users, and Microsoft advised anyone who received them not to install them.

One of the main benefits of being a Windows Insider is getting access to new builds with unreleased features ahead of the general public. This will cause a boot loop - the scurge of the mobile world and will require the Windows Device Recovery Tool to force a reflash, which will then require rejoining the Insider Programme, if you still want.

This problem happened due to an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds/which rings to push out to insiders.

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After knowing about the accidental release, Microsoft quickly reverted the issue and placed blocks to make sure that the builds don't reach more users. We will keep you updated on when we plan to release new builds to you next week.

Microsoft has apologised and confirmed it has taken steps to ensure that the rogue builds don't spread any further. These bad releases break that trust, driving home the message that the Insider program is not a good fit for any machine that you actually depend on. It won't install on those devices, so you should be fine. The previous legitimate build can be rolled back to via Settings Update & security Recovery, but that will only work if you haven't deleted previous Windows installation files (achieved by running Disk Cleanup). Dona Sarkar of Windows Insiders community tweeted warning both power users and testers not to update their PCs/mobiles with the new update.

"The new HP digital assistant featuring Cortana is a standalone personal assistant device that does not need to connect to a Windows 10 PC to provide a complete intelligent speaker experience". As noted above, it seems the builds for other devices were being released to mobile.

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