Reverting back to 8.0 RT from 8.1 RT?

Discussion in 'Microsoft Surface General Discussion' started by FFX, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. FFX

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    Anyone who have tried this? I've tried 8.1 for a while now, and would like to go back to 8.0 to experience the jailbreak/unlock.
    I Read that it's supposed to be possible to roll back if you made a recovery usb, which I did. But a lot of people seem to be having problems with their recovery files being corrupt when they try to roll back. Is it possible that this could brick the device?

    Best regards FFX
     
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    Try removing the SD card if you have one prior to doing a restore. Saw something similar with trying to do a restore from USB rather than the internal partition.
     
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    I have no sd card but thanks for the tip. I haven't tried reverting back yet, I'm still researching..
    Anyone on this board that have successfully done a roll back?
     
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    I originally made a backup of the SP Win8.0 using Marcium before upgrading to Win8.1. I was easily able to revert back when I found problems with 8.1. However, since then I have, once again, installed 8.1... although there are still some wireless issues (network and Bluetooth) I seem to be able to cope. Win 8.1 is just better...

    I know this doesn't help you, but if anyone else is seeking a simple recovery solution for the Surface Pro, Macrium works.
     
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    I would use the old wipe it clean method as you will be forced to do so when the preview drops live anyhow. Once back at 8.0 you can move forward when live drops without losing your setup, this is not true is you go from 8.1 preview to 8.1 live. Or at least that's what I have read around the web. Now would be as good a time as any to go back if resetting your device is not something you are already used to, now would be the time to get used to it. You can invest a good deal of time creating an image and storing on it on a removable drive and using software to push it back when things go bad, but I have found from experience its just easier to live lean in the device and be prepared to hold the SHIFT key down and select restart and follow the prompts to factory reset from there.

    I used GHOST and Acronis each have their issues related to the UEFI and the Surface Pro and all that and each is surmountable but each is rather tedious and not at all recommended. In most cases it is literally easier to just Factory reset the device, and its just baked right into the OS so why not just give up and reset? Anyway I returned my Pro recently and so my opinion may be colored by my experience with the device.

    MS was pretty cool about letting me return it though it took a couple months to complete the deal, they were generally pretty helpful about the whole thing if I did have to hound that store manager that kept telling their online support people he needed my contact information for over a month. I finally had to get his number and called him directly. After that the return processed pretty fast. He needed me to tell him how I wanted to credits processed but did nothing to contact me in the mean time. Were it not for me calling the online support and emailing them 15 times asking for his number and then calling him directly I would most likely still be waiting for his call. Anyway, just throw in the towel and factory reset. I can tell you from experience (5 factory resets through 3 failed Aggregator Firmware updates), get used to factory resets, the sooner you do the happier you will be with the device. Think of it like an iPad, hard resets happen. I am still not certain that the device is ready for consumers. It had 'wonky' behavior from the start, updates leaving me stuck at the 'Please wait while we finish a system update' screen for hours, then having to power cycle to find the update failed and the system was barely functioning... getting into the bios and turning off secure boots was one of the most unreliable experiences I have ever encountered and I have been working in the IT field for almost 20 years now and remember the more painful days before universal USB boot support etc... This device made me feel young again in that aspect. It was not one thing that made me want to throw it out the window but rather a whole host of little things that built up over time, the failed firmware updates, the wonky tile performance, the utter failure of the Windows Metro Apps with Secure boot disabled, no dock support so that hooking it up to my sweet dell S2340T monitor felt like I was reanimating Frankenstein not docking a machine with the Power the USB and the HDMI cable, a dock would have gone a long way to making me like this one more. Couple all that with the state windows 8 is currently in until 8.1 actually drops (8.1 was not available when I decided to return my device)... Anyway the device was not for me.
     
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    Wow, my Pro just seems to work without a whole lot of issues. I still don't find the current rev of IE working as well as the desk top chrome I'm running. I wish it worked better; so often parts of sites don't work correctly with IE in modern windows.
     
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    @hogwldfltr Most of that is due to the whitelist that is incomplete, but I agree wholeheartedly and rarely use Metro-IE EVER. I personally love when Metro-IE tells me that Silverlight or Flash isn't installed, though I am CERTAIN it is installed and I have Programs and Features showing the installed product in one window and Metro-IE in the other telling me to install this software.
     
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    Did you tried this ? I bought a new RT tablet and updated it to RT 8.1 and now i cant jailbreak ?
     
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    Many people have reset their Surface devices to factory condition without issue. They wouldn't post on the forums if it worked. Since your 8.1 updated RT is working, just reset from within Windows and remember to disable autoupdate with the .reg.
     

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