While Windows devices’ fans have waited edgily for Windows 10 Mobile upgrade on their mobile phones from the existing Windows Phone 8.1 OS and after it has been released finally for the general public, it might actually not be a good idea to upgrade. But the good news is that if you have upgraded your handset to Windows 10 and don’t find it working quite well for you, then you can downgrade or roll back your OS to stock Windows 8.1.
After delaying the originally planned upgrade from November 2015 and making the users wait for months for the upgrade, Windows have finally released the upgrade for Windows 10 mobile. But as compared to Windows Phone 8.1, Windows 10 mobile is far less elegant, unreliable and not fully featured which will tardily befall to other Windows users. Windows 10 mobile operating system is still susceptible to bugs and errors even after being released from the Windows 10 mobile preview program. While the aura of the new OS may be strong, the older one is actually a better fit with regards to many of the Windows handsets.
Well, the news of rolling back to your old Windows Phone 8.1 OS with a completely risk-free process which is confirmed by Microsoft on twitter handle and they have also confirmed that this ability will not be taken away by them from the users ever. So Microsoft won’t be forcing you to be glued to their Windows 10 mobile if the original OS that was shipped along with the phone was a previous version.
Downgrade from Windows 10 mobile to Windows Phone 8.1
You will be required to have an internet connection, USB data cable, your phone, a computer and a Windows phone recovery tool. After you are done with these requirements, all you will need to do is follow these simple steps:-
- After you have downloaded the Windows phone recovery tool, you may need to install it on your computer device.
- After the installation is complete, commence the tool after you have connected your mobile handset with the PC using a data cable. Click on My phone was not detected button if your device was not detected and the application will be forced to rescan the PC again and detect the device.
- After the device is detected by you PC, click on the handset button on the screen and your device information and software which is necessary to download to commence the roll back to the previous OS will be displayed after a few seconds depending on your computer device. To continue with the roll back of the handset’s software, click on Reinstall software button.
- In the next screen, you will receive a warning message from the recovery tool about backing up all your data, app and settings before continuing further as the process of rolling back your device’s OS will delete all your previous settings and apps and all your data from the phone. If you have not backed up your data and feel like you may need them in the future, it is advisable to cancel the roll-back process at this very step and back up all your data to your computer or anywhere you may want to store it. After you have completed the backup process, begin from the first step and finally click on the Continue button to proceed further.
- Finally, the recovery tool will be downloading the previous OS image from the Microsoft’s web servers and will be replacing your Windows 10 mobile OS which was currently installed on your mobile handset. Then again, the process will take some time which will depend on your computer hardware and your internet connection.
- After the recovery tool successfully completes the process, you will receive a notification stating that the operation is successfully completed after which the Windows mobile handset will restart automatically and then you will have to undergo the out of the box device experience which is similar to all the version of Windows. You will then be needed to sign-in using your Microsoft account and if you have created a backup of your phone then you will be needed to restore the handset from the backup you created and after a few more steps, you will be experiencing your old Windows 8.1 OS.