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Going Back To Windows Phone 8.1 From Windows Phone 10 Technical Preview

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The Luminia 635 is on the very short list of Windows Phone devices that are eligible to be upgraded to the Windows 10 Technical Preview via Microsoft’s Windows Insider Program.  If you would like to read about how to install this version please read this blog.  This preview of the next version of the mobile version of Windows will allow you to experience many of the upgrades that have already been baked into the operating system.  Many of you enjoy living on the proverbial edge of software innovation and have already installed this on your device.  The good thing about the Technical Preview is it allows early adopters to experience some wonderful improvements that have been made and also allows you to get additional updates when future changes are made as well.  The bad thing about the Technical Preview is that it’s not a finished product so your experience could vary.  Other than an occasional bug here and there it’s worked mostly fine for me however some of you may not be so fortunate.  If you’re having too many issues or if you’ve experienced the preview and simply want to go back Microsoft has provided a way for you to revert right back to Windows Phone 8.1.  Here’s how to do it.

  • 1.       Download and install the Windows Phone Recovery Tool on your PC.
  • 2.       Launch Windows Phone Recovery Tool and then tether your phone to the PC via USB.
  • 3.       The program should automatically detect your device and give the option to Reinstall Software.
  • 4.       Select Reinstall Software

That’s it.  Very simple.  It’s important to note that this will wipe all the apps and data from the device so back up any important data before doing this process.  Once the installation is complete you’ll be right back to good old version 8.1.

Feel free to talk about your experiences with both Windows Phone versions 8.1 and 10.

Until next time,

Product Ambassador Team

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PAs are not corporate communications, CARE, technical support, product management or product marketing and should not be expected to respond to Community members in the capacity of any of these roles. #sprintemployee"