1. Windows Central Question's Avatar
    Does anybody know if I can return my tablet back to 8.1 as I don't really like the functionality of win 10 on my tablet. Thanks for any advice
    12-12-2015 11:08 AM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    quoting Microsoft:

    Going back to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

    If it’s been less than a month since you upgraded to Windows 10, you can go back to your previous version of Windows by going to Settings > Update & security > Recovery and selecting either Go back to Windows 7 or Go back to Windows 8.1. This won't affect your personal files, but it will remove any apps you installed after the upgrade to Windows 10. Learn more.
    If it’s been more than a month, this option won’t be available in Settings and you’ll need to use a different recovery option.
    12-12-2015 11:54 AM
  3. S2McC's Avatar
    It has been more than a month now so that option isn't viable, what else can I do?
    12-12-2015 01:09 PM
  4. harihar akhil's Avatar
    Clean install windows 8.1 from USB drive.
    xandros9 likes this.
    12-13-2015 01:03 AM
  5. S2McC's Avatar
    Where will I get a version of 8.1 from tho?
    12-13-2015 03:27 AM
  6. harihar akhil's Avatar
    From http://forums.windowscentral.com/e?l...token=LpMq0fOM

    Select which version of windows 8.1 you want to download and burn the iso to usb via universal usb installer or you can directly select USB option in that tool.
    xandros9 likes this.
    12-13-2015 09:19 AM
  7. S2McC's Avatar
    Ok so my next problem, I can't find a product key anywhere, the tablet was win 8.1 out of the box.....HELP!!!!
    12-13-2015 04:36 PM
  8. harihar akhil's Avatar
    Don't know if its the same with tablets,where as laptops the product key is embedded on bios which windows activates by itself (skipping product key step during install) Or if you haven't installed reinstalled windows check for product key in settings or in my computer properties.
    12-13-2015 11:39 PM
  9. S2McC's Avatar
    I have used a product key finder, it found a key but I think it was for windows 10 as when I typed it in it said the product was already activated, I'm totally lost as to what to do, its almost as tho there is no trace of 8.1 anymore
    12-14-2015 01:29 AM
  10. S2McC's Avatar
    Ps I don't have the ability to skip the product key step
    12-14-2015 01:31 AM
  11. harihar akhil's Avatar
    You can find skip this step or activate later at bottom of that setup page.
    12-14-2015 04:33 AM
  12. S2McC's Avatar
    There is no option to skip the product key page I am at a loss of what to do
    12-15-2015 11:46 AM
  13. xandros9's Avatar
    I would find and use a dummy key. Not something like "free key!" but one just to get by that step, and activate it later.
    12-15-2015 01:06 PM
  14. harihar akhil's Avatar
    Don't know what's the problem with your installation environment but windows 8.1 didn't ask me to enter a product key(no page about product key activation) during my installation.
    12-15-2015 01:22 PM

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