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Ways to Install/Uninstall Windows 10 Preview for Phones

The first preview for Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows 10 was released recently and if you own a mid-range Lumia phone, then you can get a look and feel of how this works.

The preview as of now in only working for the recent Lumia phones which are, 635, 636, 638, 630, 730, and 830, but is speculated the list will become bigger to accommodate many other phones featuring 8.x versions of Windows. The prerequisites are pretty basic like a 512MB RAM and the hardware will not be a limiting factor.


So if you have a compatible phone but not sure of how to go about installing and uninstalling the Windows 10 preview for Phones, here’s a list of things you need to do in order for that. But the software is still pretty much in beta mode and needs a lot of fixes and patches because the initial user testing phase has just started. So if you encounter bugs while using the preview the uninstalling instructions will be helpful to restore your phone to the original status by downgrading to your original OS.

Installing Windows 10 Preview

Downloading and installing the app is pretty easy, access the software from your compatible Lumia device and you will get the installation wizard which will ask you to install the package.


To download the Insider you have to have the Windows Insider program signed up for with your Microsoft account. Download and install the windows insider app and then tap on the “get preview builds” if you have already signed up for an account.

Same like the desktop app, you can choose from two update tracks. The Insider slow gives more stability and less frequent updates for the preview. Insider fast gets all the new preview builds as soon as they are released by Microsoft. You have the option to change the track later on post update if you want, just go to the insider app and select the track for it.

You can install the Insider slow or fast and then confirm and you are set.


The process of downloading is almost same as it was for Windows 8.1.

The update from windows 10 may require several restarts and downloads so you should plan ahead of time to make your phone available for the installing.

Uninstalling Windows 10 Preview

To uninstall the app in case you do not like the look and feel or just have encountered bugs, you can do the following.

  1. You have to have the recovery app for this which you should download, install and launch. After this try connecting your phone with PC.
  2. When the phone is connected it should pop out in the recovery launcher automatically, then select the phone.
  3. The app will let you know that there is no new firmware available and ignore that, click on “reinstall software” which will restore the windows phone to Windows 8.1. But this will do that by erasing all local data, so make sure you have a backup of your data beforehand.


Using the above steps or the data provided you can easily install or uninstall Windows 10 preview for your phone. The process of installing and uninstalling Windows 10 Preview for Phone is really easy, if you follow the process in the correct way. So, hope that the method provided above will help you out in installing and uninstalling Windows 10 on your phone.

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