Not happy with the Windows 10 Technical Preview? Here is how you can drop back to Windows Phone 8.1

Not happy with the Windows 10 Technical Preview? Here is how you can drop back to Windows Phone 8.1
Have you recently loaded the Technical Preview of Windows 10 for Mobile on your Windows Phone? By now, you probably realize that this is a work in progress as it is quite buggy. Thankfully, Microsoft had the foresight to install a "rollback" feature in the Technical Preview that allows you to bring Windows Phone 8.1 back to your handset if so desired. You will lose all of your data, so back it up to a microSD card or to OneDrive before you begin.

To bring Windows Phone 8.1 back to your handset, you will need your phone, a USB cable, a Windows PC and the Windows Recovery Tool which is downloaded to your PC. Use the USB cable to connect your phone with the computer. The phone should be automatically recognized by the computer. If not, disconnect the phone from the PC and click on 'My phone was not detected' at the bottom of the screen; follow the instructions on the display.

Once your phone model is detected by the computer, click on the name of the model on your PC screen. The next screen will show software versions; click on the reinstall button. You will then see a disclaimer suggesting that you back up the phone. Click on continue. The next step has the recovery tool downloading and installing the firmware. It is important that you do not disconnect the phone from the computer while this is happening. When completed, you will see a notification that says "Operation successfully completed." Oh happy day!

Don't consider it a failure if you need to go back to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 Technical Preview. After all, we are not talking about the final version of the new Windows build here. Once Microsoft kills all bugs dead and releases the finished Windows 10 for Mobile, you should try again to update your Windows Phone device to the latest and greatest build of Microsoft's mobile OS.


source: WMPoweruser

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10 Comments

1. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

I see a problem with that solution. I don't have a Windows PC. Funny that they allow you to install WP 10 only using the phone but you need a Window PC to go back to WP 8.1. I guess I'm stuck on WP 10 while the bugs get worked out.

2. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

I'm guessing there's a technical aspect to this, rather than simple omission. Anyway, the W10 tech preview has been clearly labeled as something for the advanced user, and everyday users are warned of the many risks involved in "upgrading". Besides, why are you using a Windows Phone if you're not on a Windows pc?!?

4. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

At the moment I have phones with iOS, WP (8.0, 8.1, 10), and Android (4.4 and 5.0), so I have a little bit of everything. Why do I have a Windows Phone? I like the interface I like Nokia phones Until recently Here Maps was limited only to Nokia and then WP The phone I update to WP10 is a Nokia 635 I got for free from Cricket. I don't actually use it much so I can wait for the bugs to get fixed. Why don't I have a Windows PC? I don't need one. I can't justify buying a laptop just to flash phones.

5. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

What PC do you have? Mac?

7. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

I have a MacBook purchased in 2007 and a HP Chromebook 14. Until recently I had a very nice Windows Laptop through work.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

To begin with, iOS, WP and Android need a PC to revert back to previous versions. Favorably, Windows can cater those 3 OSes other than Mac whose can fully support Apples and a little of Android OS. You need SDKs and several runtimes to make back up successful.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

justify buying a laptop? Dude for 60$ buy a windows 7in 8.1 tablet winbookhttp://www.microcenter.com/product/439773/TW700_Tablet_-_Black Hell it even comes with a full usb support. Since you got your phone for free, think of this as simply buying your phone. This will do everything you need because its a full windows pc.

9. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Thanks for the info but I presently have 6 phones, 2 tablets and 2 laptops. I don't need another tablet. Waiting for Microsoft to fix the bugs in WP 10 is free.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Oh I know the feeling but in the end 60 is nothing if you truly needed it. Comparatively I know how you feel, I have 12phones to look after not including the 3 I carry one me, 6 tablets, 3 laptops 5 desktops. This is not bragging, just a state of having a larger family and you being the person people call when they mess up a setting.

3. Extraneus

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 02, 2012

:-D ;-)

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