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Microsoft has finally decided to close the portal used by people using older phones to get the Creators Update.

Some of the Windows Phones launched running Windows Phone 8.1 were eligible for the Windows 10 update. These devices were also eligible for the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, but they were not eligible for the Creators update.

Phones like the Nokia Lumia 730/735, Lumia 830, Lumia 930, Lumia Icon, Lumia 435, Lumia 535, etc., cannot officially be updated to the Creators Update. But luckily, there was a backdoor that users could use. People who joined the Windows Insiders Program could easily get the Creators Update even if they were using the above-mentioned older hardware.

This was great for the fans who wanted to get the latest version of Windows 10 Mobile.

Microsoft has supported these devices in the Insider Program until now. However, Microsoft has stopped supporting them. This means that Windows Phones currently running on the Anniversary Update cannot use the Insider Program as a key to get the Creators Update.

If the users of these smartphones have already used the Insider Program to update to the Creators Update, they don’t have to worry since those phones will still get the security patches. But if they haven’t yet updated, they won’t be able to do it again.

Microsoft has announced that it has stopped supporting older devices running the Anniversary Update. However, users will still receive the necessary security updates.

“As part of our efforts to simplify the number of update paths we actively host within the Windows Insider Flight space, we will no longer allow older Windows 10 builds to directly update to newer preview builds.  By removing these other update paths, this helps us keep a simple and clean flighting architecture with less chance of errors during the update process,” Microsoft explains in a blog post.

If you have a device that is not eligible for the Creators Update but you have managed to get the Creators Update using the Insider Program, you will get security updates until the summer of 2019. You can also perform a factory reset; it won’t switch you back to the Anniversary Update.

But keep in mind that if you use the Windows Device Recovery Tool, then you will be stuck at the Anniversary Update, which is officially the software version supported by your device.

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Abhijith was a former contributing editor for Windows Latest. At Windows Latest, he has written on numerous topics, ranging from Windows to Microsoft Edge. Abhijith holds a degree in Bachelor's of Technology, with a strong focus on Electronics and Communications Engineering. His passion for Windows is evident in his journalism journey, including his articles that decoded complex PowerShell scripts.