Microsoft accidentally releases Windows 10 builds: Here's what Insiders should do

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Microsoft was forced to apologize late last night after a mistake led to some confidential and internal Windows 10 builds being released to the public.

Surprisingly, the bad build also extended to some Windows phones that aren't registered in the Insider program, though it won't install unless you register as an Insider.

The issue was first noticed by MSPowerUser which reported that PC/laptops which automatically updated the faulty update. However, despite this action, some users are still seeing Build 16212 waiting to be installed and for those people, Microsoft has an interesting solution - time travel.

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. Geeks would know that companies generally release beta candidates to their testers for bugs and error reporting.

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) accidentally released an OS update yesterday that can brick a user's phone by locking the phone into a reboot loop. Resetting your device means losing your personal data which every person hates. In such case, the tester will have to use Windows Device Recovery Tool to recover and wipe the device completely.




The company was quickly reverted the deployment of the internal Windows 10 builds, and put blocks to stop the builds from seeding for more Windows Insiders.

"For those who received one of these builds on your devices - Microsoft has issued the following advice".

In a posting on Windows Blog, Dona Sarkar, software engineer at Windows and Devices Group explained the rollout of the builds were unintentional and this happened "because an inadvertent deployment to the engineering system that controls which builds / which rings to push out to insiders". Also, users can roll-back to previous Insider builds via Settings Update & Security Recovery. Once that's done, you can sign back up for the Windows Insider Program. In addition, that option only exists if Disk Cleanup was not used to remove the previous Windows installation.

Here is a video tutorial for those of you who need immediate assistance.

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