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  1. Elezium's Avatar
    Oops! You're right. I forgot a step. Step 7a would be Type SELECT DISK SYSTEM, and then type CLEAN.
    Sorry about that! I fixed my original post to include that step.
    No worries ;) You did the hardest part!!! ;)
    10-06-2014 04:12 PM
  2. Magdy Samir's Avatar
    Microsoft Tech Support helped me get back to 8.1 from 10. I was having the
    same problems as all of you.

    1. Either use your previously created USB recovery stick from your own
    machine OR download the image from the support website. Follow the
    directions on creating the USB recovery stick (quick format doesn't matter,
    but FAT32 does).
    2. Boot into the recovery tools using the instructions provided by
    Microsoft or on this forum.
    3. Select your language and keyboard
    4. Press Troubleshoot
    5. Press Command Prompt (I'll use CAPS for commands, but they can be in any
    case)
    6. Type DISKPART.EXE
    7. Type LIST DISK (there's a space between LIST and DISK) (a list of your
    disk partitions will appear)
    7a. Type SELECT DISK SYSTEM
    8. Type CLEAN (it will come back with a success message)
    9. Type EXIT
    10. Close the command prompt, which will return you to the recovery screen
    11. Press Troubleshoot, Reset, Next (skip the recovery key is asked),
    Repartition the drives, Just Remove my files (which is faster, but either
    choice works), and Reset (I think I got that order right..in any case, reset
    your Surface).
    12. The Surface will go through the reset process.
    13. A bios screen asking you whether you want to reset the TMP will appear.
    You can press ESC, but the support tech said that you can also press and
    hold the power button for 30 seconds to turn off the Surface, and then press
    it again to turn it back on.
    14. Enjoy Windows 8.1 and wait for the Consumer Preview of 10!
    You're the one, can't thank you enough. I had really hard time trying everything and searching the whole global internet to get back to windows 8.1,
    But don't know why once I started the reset I thought I loved the windows 10, but then remembered the missing modern IE, the windowed apps and many other stuffs. I believe when they introduce continuum ill give it a try as long as i now know the safe way back to windows 8.1
    10-06-2014 04:37 PM
  3. awilliams1701's Avatar
    Modern IE is still there, but you need a workaround to get to it. I do not know what it is off the top of my head, but I believe its on this site somewhere.

    You're the one, can't thank you enough. I had really hard time trying everything and searching the whole global internet to get back to windows 8.1,
    But don't know why once I started the reset I thought I loved the windows 10, but then remembered the missing modern IE, the windowed apps and many other stuffs. I believe when they introduce continuum ill give it a try as long as i now know the safe way back to windows 8.1
    10-06-2014 04:43 PM
  4. Magdy Samir's Avatar
    I used it, but really it's not that good without the swipe and the idea that you have to right click with a mouse
    10-06-2014 04:46 PM
  5. pippyo03's Avatar
    Microsoft Tech Support helped me get back to 8.1 from 10. I was having the
    same problems as all of you.

    1. Either use your previously created USB recovery stick from your own
    machine OR download the image from the support website. Follow the
    directions on creating the USB recovery stick (quick format doesn't matter,
    but FAT32 does).
    2. Boot into the recovery tools using the instructions provided by
    Microsoft or on this forum.
    3. Select your language and keyboard
    4. Press Troubleshoot
    5. Press Command Prompt (I'll use CAPS for commands, but they can be in any
    case)
    6. Type DISKPART.EXE
    7. Type LIST DISK (there's a space between LIST and DISK) (a list of your
    disk partitions will appear)
    7a. Type SELECT DISK SYSTEM
    8. Type CLEAN (it will come back with a success message)
    9. Type EXIT
    10. Close the command prompt, which will return you to the recovery screen
    11. Press Troubleshoot, Reset, Next (skip the recovery key is asked),
    Repartition the drives, Just Remove my files (which is faster, but either
    choice works), and Reset (I think I got that order right..in any case, reset
    your Surface).
    12. The Surface will go through the reset process.
    13. A bios screen asking you whether you want to reset the TMP will appear.
    You can press ESC, but the support tech said that you can also press and
    hold the power button for 30 seconds to turn off the Surface, and then press
    it again to turn it back on.
    14. Enjoy Windows 8.1 and wait for the Consumer Preview of 10!
    OMG!!! Thank you so much!!!! I've been on this quest for 3 days just to reverse my mistake!!! Thank you thank you!!! And thank you MS support. I finally have my surface back and I cant thank you enough! Idk bout yall but my lesson has been learned! Thanks to everyone for all the help and ideas! Awesome!
    xandros9 and Rafael Yousuf like this.
    10-06-2014 05:36 PM
  6. Rafael Yousuf's Avatar
    Wow 😲 I guess my theory about destroying the partitions was right after all but I didn't think of the command line commands to use. I actually learned something today, thank you.
    10-06-2014 11:48 PM
  7. Elezium's Avatar
    Morning!

    I update the thread I opened on Microsoft Community Forum. Is that can help more people having the same issue:
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/s...=1412686891229

    Again, thanks to all of you. A great community!

    PS: I installed Win10 TP in a VM, it's interesting... We'll see how it built up over the next few months...

    - Elezium
    Rafael Yousuf and pippyo03 like this.
    10-07-2014 08:12 AM
  8. csw41641's Avatar
    I want to know if I can go back to windows 8.1 from windows 10. When I got my new computer it had windows 8 on it but also a free update to 10. I thought why lean a new system if I am just going to upgrade to 10 later. Now I am second guessing that decision.
    09-09-2015 03:37 PM
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