I’ve got an old Lenovo T410 Laptop on the Insider Ring. Win10 Redstone 5 (rs5) has been coming out on a regular basis. Yesterday I was notified that a new version was available for installation. It broke the device so bad that a full re-install of Windows from a bootable ISO on DVD was required without any recovery of data.
I accept that being on Insiders is a bit more risky with pre-release features but to have it borked so bad that I can’t even rollback to the previous iteration of Win10 is significant – I tried all the recovery options available after Windows itself hung on recovering the device e.g. Safe boot, install over the top preserving settings and data, system file checker and none worked (or rather failed with error messages that more or less said “dunno, I give up”).
I’m really hoping that a bunch of telemetry made its way to Microsoft to give them insight because I couldn’t get much out of the device from an end-user perspective.
Still, it was rather a trip down memory lane going through the recovery menu’s even if ultimately it came to nothing.