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  1. HomeyJay's Avatar
    There are some out there (like me) who just couldn't get DP to work well for them, so here's how to get rid of it and get back to WP8:

    Download the Nokia Software Recovery tool : here

    - Launch the tool
    - Connect the phone.
    - Click to restore the software (you don't even need to select which firmware!)
    - It will then download and install the latest firmware for your phone (but not DP!).
    - Phone will then reboot after its done and do a restore but don't use a restore made with the DP. Use one made earlier, if you have one. I used one made when I had DP installed and it didn't restore anything at all!

    That's it. It's really simple and once you've downloaded the firmware, it takes 10 mins max to get done!
    I'm now back to WP8.0 on my 1520!

    Hope this helps!
    04-16-2014 10:58 AM
  2. dorelse's Avatar
    Title needs to be changed to "How to remove Developer Preview and restore the 'old' OS on Nokia Phones"
    04-16-2014 11:01 AM
  3. Xpider_MX's Avatar
    I don't want to back to WP8 but thanks.
    04-16-2014 11:01 AM
  4. anon(5335899)'s Avatar
    I've been playing around with the 8.1 developer preview and must say I am not happy at all. Some of the new stuff is good but we are basically and IMO left with Android plus live tiles and that's not what I want.

    Many if not most of the unique points WP had seem to have been eliminated.
    The action centre may be great for some, but besides the quick action buttons it's pretty much what we had in Notifications in the people hub.
    Facebook integration was so great but it's all but eliminated
    Thanks to Cortana instead of 'search' > 'scan' I now have to jump through hoops to scan a QR code
    The screenshot keycombo is awkward at best

    Besides these and quite a few other points this preview is so bugridden it's not even funny. I sure hope MSFT pulls this one out of the fire in time but I fear their ambition will leave us with a mess when this gets out.

    few issues;

    - Wifi OFF toggle goes to settings
    - games show up in applist
    - xbox (games) hub keeps reloading
    - Facebook share is completely broken and horrible now.
    - Issues with people hub, music hub, video hub
    - generally laggyness
    - many apps are very jumpy
    - VPN is there but is at best limited in the way it is implemented. (supported modes)

    Now I know some of these may be fixed with new firmware but there is way too much not going right when it would appear this is what MSFT is going with. From past releases we know there's not much more they can/will change and they probably pretty much signed off on this. Right now I am very tempted to flash back to 8.0 and wait for things to come. If it goes the way I fear it will I may as well go Android as it seems MSFT is following their model and right now Android is way more mature if you ask me.

    But I am ready to be proven wrong, MSFT make my day PLEASE!!

    04-16-2014 11:53 AM
  5. hs k's Avatar
    Asssuming that you are having a Lumia 1020 or a Nokia device (because of your profile picture), you can use Nokia's recovery Tool. Search the internet for the download link!
    04-16-2014 12:02 PM
  6. Curtieson's Avatar
    Right now I am very tempted to flash back to 8.0 and wait for things to come. If it goes the way I fear it will I may as well go Android as it seems MSFT is following their model and right now Android is way more mature if you ask me.

    But I am ready to be proven wrong, MSFT make my day PLEASE!!​
    Yes, there are a couple threads about this already.

    http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...re-old-os.html
    Last edited by Curtieson; 04-16-2014 at 02:33 PM.
    04-16-2014 12:36 PM
  7. anon(5335899)'s Avatar
    Yes I know all about how to get back.. I created a new thread with my post and have no idea why it was merged here as besides the mention it has nothing to do with this at all.
    kurtms likes this.
    04-16-2014 02:58 PM
  8. wongsik's Avatar
    Boo

    It doesn't work for me. I did the flashing thing to turn my AT&T L920 to get Amber early. So it's on the French rom. I did the developer preview to 8.1. Everything worked fine. However, I decided to do a factory reset because the forums were suggesting that to increase battery life and maybe get Cortana working on WiFi. Well, neither of that changed. But worse of all, I lost the tethering capability. I get the message to contact att. I tried the old Spanish keyboard trick, but it doesn't work. So, no more tethering. I'm on a Data Plan that allows it too.

    I tried to use this method to see if I can revert back. I'm thinking the keyboard trick doesn't work in 8.1. Unfortunately, I get an error on the Nokia Software Recovery program that says it cannot download any firmware.

    I'm afraid of bricking if I reflash with Nokia Care Suite. But I wonder if that would work?

    Now I'm on the phone with AT&T with fingers tightly crossed to see if they can solve the issue from their end. So far it's been 40 min....no luck yet. Of course, I did not tell them I flashed my phone with a different rom nor that I'm on the developer preview of 8.1.
    04-16-2014 08:14 PM
  9. SAM 77's Avatar
    I already had the tool installed just in case.

    Thank You for letting us know it works for future reference.

    I am happy with the preview and wont be going back.
    Sorry to hear 8.1 preview did not work out.
    Curtieson and Jazmac like this.
    04-16-2014 08:21 PM
  10. AndrewL920's Avatar
    Thanks I will go back to wp8 now.
    04-16-2014 08:28 PM
  11. Curtieson's Avatar
    Yes I know all about how to get back.. I created a new thread with my post and have no idea why it was merged here as besides the mention it has nothing to do with this at all.
    The subject to your post asked how to get Wp8.0 back...I'm not surprised it was merged with a thread that completely answered that question...even if (as you say) your subject had nothing to do with your post.

    there are a ton of people all asking the same stuff and creating new threads with the same complaints, very tough for the mods with all this new info.
    04-16-2014 10:39 PM
  12. Curtieson's Avatar
    Now I'm on the phone with AT&T with fingers tightly crossed to see if they can solve the issue from their end. So far it's been 40 min....no luck yet. Of course, I did not tell them I flashed my phone with a different rom nor that I'm on the developer preview of 8.1.
    This is why the paperwork around the Dev Preview says it voids your warranty, we know if you told them you were on the preview (after 30 minutes of trying to figure out what that meant!) they would cut you off and say you did it to yourself, haha.
    Jazmac likes this.
    04-16-2014 10:43 PM
  13. wongsik's Avatar
    This is why the paperwork around the Dev Preview says it voids your warranty, we know if you told them you were on the preview (after 30 minutes of trying to figure out what that meant!) they would cut you off and say you did it to yourself, haha.
    I did, do it to myself.

    Update: No, because the issue was caused by myself when I did the hard reset in 8.1, AT&T did was not able to fix the problem. Since NSRT didn't want to download the package, I flashed it with Nokia Care Suite. The same way I did to get the French rom with Amber on it. Except I didn't bother with the Rogers rom flashing part first.

    So, I'm back on 8. Now I can try to revive my tethering.
    Curtieson likes this.
    04-17-2014 03:26 AM
  14. Dan TheMan86's Avatar
    Nokia Software Recovery Tool 1.1.3 won't detect my phone!! What do I do??
    04-17-2014 07:39 PM
  15. Guzzler3's Avatar
    Nokia Software Recovery Tool 1.1.3 won't detect my phone!! What do I do??
    Do you have a Nokia phone?
    04-17-2014 08:31 PM
  16. Zacharyw70's Avatar
    Wow why is everyone whining about how WP is too much like Android, and they're going to jump ship QQQ?
    Having used Android before I like WP a LOT more, and it's nowhere near as buggy or sluggish as Android was.


    Also thanks OP! Didn't realize you could go back, if that's the case I guess there's nothing to lose if I try 8.1 on my future 1520.
    oditius and Aredubu like this.
    04-17-2014 08:34 PM
  17. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    Download the Nokia Software Recovery tool :here
    http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...ol.htmlhttp://

    Oops! This link appears to be broken.

    Did you mean: wpcentral.*com
    04-17-2014 09:35 PM
  18. oditius's Avatar
    Boo
    But worse of all, I lost the tethering capability. I get the message to contact att. I tried the old Spanish keyboard trick, but it doesn't work. So, no more tethering. I'm on a Data Plan that allows it too.
    You had me worried there, I had not tried that since I went to 8.1. But I just did, and no problems.
    04-18-2014 05:21 AM
  19. oditius's Avatar
    Wow why is everyone whining about how WP is too much like Android, and they're going to jump ship QQQ?
    Having used Android before I like WP a LOT more, and it's nowhere near as buggy or sluggish as Android was.


    Also thanks OP! Didn't realize you could go back, if that's the case I guess there's nothing to lose if I try 8.1 on my future 1520.
    If you can't beat them, join them. Reason WP wasn't climbing up the ladder very much is because it wasn't like Android. The only way to gain popularity and sales is to be more android-like, while still maintaining the WP quality. You don't like transparent tiles, then shut them off. It isn't forced on you, it is your choice. We are not iOS where you don't have a choice, Apple tells you what you look at and we are not Android where it makes you install power consuming widgets and live wallpaper to get anything moving on the home screen for a cool look. We are #WinPhan, we are #WindowsPhoneFan 's.. We are also still unique....
    goluftwaffe and Curtieson like this.
    04-18-2014 05:28 AM
  20. LTTG's Avatar
    I can't decide whether to go back or stay with 8.1
    04-18-2014 05:45 AM
  21. SergeMcG's Avatar
    Sometimes it is not just because we might not like WP 8.1. (actually, I think it is a great step towards the right direction), it is that we have to return the device or use the same sim and microsoft ID with different phone.

    My situation and questions:

    I have more than one phone on preview. 925 and 1020, had to use two different MSFT ID. I have to return one (discovered a defect in the screen on the new 1020) so I will do as you suggested.
    I've been familiar with the process but now I wonder what to do when I will get a replacement. -->

    1) Should I upgrade the phone to 8.1 and then login with my Microsoft ID? 2) Or should I login MSDT ID and start the preview process aftwerards?

    3) Will MSFT allow me to preview 8.1 on more than one device (not at the same time: one returned another one will be provided) using the same MSFT ID? In my case I had to use two IDs.

    4) If I have to use different IDs (3), what should I do to restore my latest backup on Lumia 1020 with Preview 8.1. to the new Lumia 1020 that I will get as a replacement?

    Many thanks to anyone who knows what to do and willing to help me.
    04-18-2014 07:26 AM
  22. radmanvr's Avatar
    There are some out there (like me) who just couldn't get DP to work well for them

    It takes a while to get use to DP. When my wife and I first tried DP, it was a bit awkward but we got used to DP. Don't give up just yet. DP offers a lot and can be fun and rewarding. Just give it some time and you will get use to DP as my wife and I did.

    P.S my wife and I both have the Lumia Icon
    04-18-2014 08:55 AM
  23. Curtieson's Avatar
    It takes a while to get use to DP. When my wife and I first tried DP, it was a bit awkward but we got used to DP. Don't give up just yet. DP offers a lot and can be fun and rewarding. Just give it some time and you will get use to DP as my wife and I did.

    P.S my wife and I both have the Lumia Icon
    Yea........no.
    04-18-2014 01:12 PM
  24. LTTG's Avatar
    I feel like going back to WP8 :(
    Everytime I close an app there's a stutter in transitions I can't stand lags or stutters :(
    04-18-2014 01:17 PM
  25. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    Thank you for posting this HomeyJay! Installed DP on my 520. Loved the update but the inability to sync Google accounts was a show-stopper for me. Back to WP8.
    04-18-2014 01:24 PM
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