Published: Sat, June 18, 2016
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Older Nokia Lumia Windows Phone Devices Get Windows 10 — Microsoft Corporation

The Windows 10 Mobile OS update has been among some of the biggest releases from Microsoft in the recent times. The update has been heavily awaited by a large number of users, and while it was promised that the older users of the Nokia Lumia mobile phone devices will be getting this update back in the December of 2015, the update actually came out in the March of 2016. However, better late than never.

Now, with the upcoming Windows 10 Refresh Tool, users will be able to give themselves the same clean install makeover in a very straightforward process that does not require the user to search for and download an ISO, create installation media and then begin the install process. "Our goal is to only offer the Windows 10 upgrade to devices that we are confident can continue to deliver a good customer experience", the company said.

This tool is now available from the Settings app for Windows Insiders using the latest builds that installs a clean copy of the most recent version of Windows10 and removes apps that were installed on your PC. You can visit this Microsoft Community page (which has been updated) to learn more about the tool and download it. They remind users that trying out an early version of a tool is always risky so they recommend Insiders not to use the tool on their primary PC.

For that reason, Refresh Windows would be best used immediately after purchasing a new Windows 10 system, and before the buyer installed any software on the machine. Microsoft warns that all your personal files and applications will be removed, as with a standard clean install from a DVD or USB stick. Make sure you know how to re-install any mission critical software. Bloatware has been a problem for the Windows operating system for a long time, but Microsoft finally has an answer. Here, you'll see a new link at the bottom, "Learn how to start fresh with a clean installation of Windows".

More importantly, all non-Microsoft applications that were bundled or already installed on Windows 10 - the exception include the Mail email client and the Edge browser - are eliminated during the refresh.

Also new is the addition of a further 23 languages for handwriting recognition, including Swahili, Xhosa and Zulu for the first time. It will be released to consumers in this summer's Anniversary Update.



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