Install Windows 10 Mobile in a few easy steps

In February 2015, the company Microsoft officially announced the release of a new version of its mobile operating system – Windows 10. To date, the new 'operating system' has already received several global updates. However, with each major addition, more and more older devices become outsiders and no longer receive official 'feed' from developers.

Official installation Windows 10 Mobile

Officially, this OS can be installed only on a limited list of smartphones with an earlier version of the operating system. However, in practice, the list of gadgets that can take on board version 10 Windows is much wider. Not only Nokia Lumia owners can rejoice, but also users of devices with a different operating system, for example, Android.

Models with Windows Phone that will receive the official update to Windows 10 Mobile:

  • Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL,

  • BLU Win HD LTE X150Q,

  • Lumia 430,

  • Lumia 435,

  • Lumia 532,

  • Lumia 535,

  • Lumia 540,

  • Lumia 550,

  • Lumia 635 (1GB),

  • Lumia 636 (1GB),

  • Lumia 638 (1GB),

  • Lumia 640,

  • Lumia 640 XL,

  • Lumia 650,

  • Lumia 730,

  • Lumia 735,

  • Lumia 830,

  • Lumia 930,

  • Lumia 950,

  • Lumia 950 XL,

  • Lumia 1520,

  • MCJ Madosma Q501,

  • Xiaomi Mi 4.

If your device is on this list, updating to a new version of the OS will not be difficult. However, it is worth taking a close look at this issue.

  1. Make sure Windows 8 is already installed on your phone. 1. Otherwise, please update your smartphone to this version first.
  2. Connect your smartphone to the charger and turn on Wi-Fi.
  3. Download the 'Update Assistant' app from the official store Windows.
  4. In the application that opens, select the 'Allow upgrade to Windows 10' item. Update Assistant Windows 10 Mobile

    With the 'Upgrade Assistant' you can officially upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile

  5. Wait for the update to download to your device.

Video: update your Lumia phone to Windows 10 Mobile

Unofficial installation of Windows 10 Mobile on Lumia

If your device is not already receiving official updates, you can still install a later OS version on it. This method is relevant for the following models:

  • Lumia 520,

  • Lumia 525,

  • Lumia 620,

  • Lumia 625,

  • Lumia 630,

  • Lumia 635 (512 MB),

  • Lumia 720,

  • Lumia 820,

  • Lumia 920,

  • Lumia 925,

  • Lumia 1020,

  • Lumia 1320.

The new version Windows is not optimized for the model data. You take full responsibility for the incorrect operation of the system.

  1. Do Interop Unlock (unlocks the installation of applications directly from the computer). To do this, install the Interop Tools application: you can easily find it in the store Microsoft. Launch the application and select This Device. Open the program menu, scroll down and go to the Interop Unlock section. In this section, enable the Restore NDTKSvc option. Unlocking application installations with Interop Tools

    In the Interop Unlock section, enable the Restore NDTKSvc function

  2. Reboot your smartphone.

  3. Run Interop Tools again, select This Device, go to the Interop Unlock tab. Activate the checkboxes Interop / Cap Unlock and New Capability Engine Unlock. The third checkbox, Full Filesystem Access, is designed to enable full access to the file system. Don't touch it unnecessarily.

    Setting Interop Unlock Options in Interop Tools

    Activate the checkboxes in the items Interop / Cap Unlock and New Capability Engine Unlock

  4. Reboot your smartphone.

  5. Disable automatic app updates in store settings. To do this, open 'Settings' and in the 'Update' section next to the line 'Update applications automatically' slide the lever to the 'Off' position. Disable automatic updates Windows - store

    Disabling automatic updates can be done in the 'Store'

  6. Go to Interop Tools again, select the This Device section and open the Registry Browser.
  7. Go to the following branch: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ Platform \ DeviceTargetingInfo. Registry Browser section in Interop Tools application

    Install Windows 10 Mobile on unsupported Lumia using Interop Tools app

  8. Record or take screenshots of the PhoneManufacturer, PhoneManufacturerModelName, PhoneModelName, and PhoneHardwareVariant values.
  9. Change your values ​​to new ones. For example, for a dual SIM Lumia 950 XL device, the modified values ​​would look like this:
    • PhoneManufacturer: Microsoft MDG;
    • PhoneManufacturerModelName: RM-1116_11258;
    • PhoneModelName: Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM;
    • PhoneHardwareVariant: RM-1116.
  10. And for a device with one SIM card, change the values ​​to the following:
    • PhoneManufacturer: Microsoft MDG;
    • PhoneManufacturerModelName: RM-1085_11302;
    • PhoneModelName: Lumia 950 XL;
    • PhoneHardwareVariant: RM-1085.
  11. Reboot your smartphone.
  12. Go to Options – Update & Security – Insider Program and enable getting preview builds. The smartphone may need to be rebooted. After rebooting, make sure the Fast circle is selected.
  13. Check for updates under Options – Update & Security – Phone Update.
  14. Install the latest build available.

Video: Install Windows 10 Mobile on Unsupported Lumia

Setting Windows 10 to Android

Before a full reinstallation of the operating system, it is strongly recommended to determine the tasks that the updated device should perform:

  • if Windows you need to work correctly with third-party applications that work exclusively on this OS and have no analogues in other operating systems, use an emulator: it is much easier and safer than a complete reinstallation of the system;
  • if you just want to change the look of the interface, use the launchers that completely duplicate the design Windows. Such programs can be easily found in the Google Play store. Windows and Android

    Installation of Windows to Android can also be done using emulators or launchers that duplicate some of the functions of the original system

In case you still need to have a full-fledged 'ten' on board, before installing a new OS, make sure that your device has enough space for a new heavy system. Pay attention to the characteristics of the processor of the device. Installing Windows is feasible only on ARM processors (does not support Windows 7) and i386 (supports Windows 7 and above).

Now let's go directly to the installation:

  1. Download the sdl.zip archive and sdlapp special program in .apk format.
  2. Install the application on your smartphone, and extract the archive data to the SDL folder.
  3. Copy the same directory to the system image file (usually c.img).
  4. Run the installation utility and wait for the process to complete.

Video: how to install Windows to Android

If your smartphone receives official updates, there will be no problems installing the new OS version. Users of earlier Lumia models will also be able to update their smartphone without too much trouble. The situation is much more deplorable for users Android, because their smartphone is simply not intended for installation Windows, which means that if a new OS is forcibly installed, the owner of the phone runs the risk of getting a fashionable, but very useless' brick '.

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