Windows 10 Technical Preview failed? Return to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 Technical Preview

Lumia Software Recovery ToolMicrosoft has released Windows 10 Technical Preview where you can test and see the latest features as released for Windows Phone 10. However, the releases are not stable and sometimes can even crash your phone. The case happened to me when I tried to update my Liumia 625 to Windows 10 technical preview and my phone stopped booting. I tried hard reset my Lumia 625 but that too didn't work since it do not anymore rollback to Windows 8.1.

Most of the problems otherwise, are solved by hard reset. Read How to hard reset your Windows Phone

As a result, my phone became just a piece of hardware and I was clueless. The only option left for me was to run to a Nokia Service Center, pay a nominal fee and update my firmware to Windows 8.1 Denim. Interestingly, I got to know a utility released by Nokia, that helped me return to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 Technical Preview. The Windows Phone Recovery Tool, helped me in getting my Lumia 625 back in a working condition. Interestingly, Lumia Software Recovery Tool works even when the Windows Phone is not responding at all and is non-bootable. 

In this article, I will show you how to Return to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 Technical Preview in case Windows 10 Technical Preview didn't work for you.

Read more: What's new in Windows Phone 10.

Return to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 Technical Preview

Download Lumia Software Recovery Tool from Microsoft's website. Here's the link: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=522381. After downloading the utility tool, install it on your system by following the steps.

When you are done with the installation process, start the application. 

Lumia Software Recovery Tool

Lumia Software Recovery Tool will ask you to connect your phone. If your phone does not start up or respond, there is a separate option. 

When you select the option, you will be redirected to next option.

Lumia Software Recovery Tool

You will then need to disconnect your phone from your system and click on continue. Once the phone is detected (it takes time, so don't just disconnect your phone if it do not responds for a minute), Lumia Software Recovery Tools then suggests you the firmware with which your handset was shipped to you and asks you for a download. 

Lumia Software Recovery Tool


Download the firmware. For my Lumia 625, running Windows Phone 8 Cyan, when I bought it, the size was 1.5 GB. 

Once the download is complete, click on install button and rest everything is taken care by the recovery tool. Just sit back, wait for the installation to complete and restart your phone. You have successfully Returned to Windows Phone 8.1 from Windows 10 Technical Preview. 
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Hi, I am Ambarish. The owner of this blog and a Lumia 625. Love to play with it and write here in my blog to help others. Do not forget to like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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