1. Joseph Young4's Avatar
    Like, should I start backing up before I download 8.1?
    06-01-2014 01:05 PM
  2. colinkiama's Avatar
    Like, should I start backing up before I download 8.1?
    Well you don't have to.
    06-01-2014 01:07 PM
  3. Blacklac's Avatar
    It's a good idea to backup, in case you run into a freak issue, but no you don't have to. Updating won't wipe your device.
    06-01-2014 01:10 PM
  4. Joseph Young4's Avatar
    But will updating to windows 8.1 preview delete everything on my phone, essentially hard resetting it?
    06-01-2014 01:10 PM
  5. a5cent's Avatar
    This is what is recommended:

    1. Hard reset your phone
    2. Download developer preview app from the store
    3. Install all updates
    4. Hard reset your phone

    Hard resetting will erase everything, but that is what has consistently provided best results. It may work without the hard reset, or it may not. Most of the problems reported on this site were due to skipping the hard reset.

    IMHO if you don't want to do a hard reset, you shouldn't be downloading the developer preview.
    Guytronic likes this.
    06-01-2014 01:14 PM
  6. jamsjordn's Avatar
    No it won't delete anything.
    However I found a hard reset helped after installing WP8.1 after having some troubles.
    06-01-2014 01:16 PM
  7. xandros9's Avatar
    The act of updating will NOT erase anything.

    BUT it is recommended that you hard reset (meaning ERASE EVERYTHING) should you encounter a problem.
    Guytronic, a5cent and Kevin Rush like this.
    06-01-2014 01:19 PM

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