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April 13, 2015

How to go back to Windows phone 8.1 from Windows Phone 10 TP

Windows Rollback to WP 8-1Last week, Microsoft released the Windows 10 Preview for phone and you’ll be aware that it’s just that ━ A Technical Preview which is far from the finished article.

Checking out the Preview can give you an insight into Microsoft’s thinking and, to their credit the feedback on the TP builds is excellent. But if the TP is causing you to many problems you may want to go back to a previous stable build. To go back to Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has thought about this and made it really simple. You’ll need a computer, your phone, a USB cable, and the Windows Phone Recovery Tool.

WindowsCentral have put together a very easy-to-follow video, which is 1.45 mins long.

step-by-step instructions video.

If possible, make sure that your computer and phone are charged. Are you ready? Continue reading for the next steps.

  1. Download and install the Windows Phone Recovery Tool to your computer, (direct download).
  2. Open the Windows Phone Recovery Tool and connect the phone to your computer with the USB cable. If your phone is not automatically detected, disconnect it from your computer and press ‘My phone was not detected’ at the bottom and follow the instructions on the screen.
  3. If the phone is detected, tap the phone model on the screen to continue.
  4. The next screen shows software versions. Tap the reinstall button at the bottom
  5. There’s a disclaimer that suggests to backup your phone. Tap continue at the bottom.
  6. The recovery tool downloads and installs the firmware. This may take a while depending on your network connection. The installation files are about 1.7 GB. Make sure not to disconnect the cable.
  7. If all goes well, you get a message that says, “Operation successfully completed.”

That’s it! You should now be back on Windows Phone 8.1.

We’ll keep you informed as to when the next new build for Windows 10 Preview for phone is released.


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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini