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  1. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 230
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       20 Sep 2015 #1

    How to revert back to Windows 8.1 on a Dell Venue 8 Pro?


    So I made the mistake of upgrading my Dell Venue 8 Pro to Windows 10... It's very slow and buggy.


    I tried using the built in "Revert back to Windows 8.1" option in the Settings "app", but it says that files have been deleted and it can no longer perform the uninstallation.

    I also tried going into the tablet's built in Backup and Recovery from Dell, but that doesn't allow me to reinstall Windows 8. It's merely a diagnostic.

    Anyone have any ideas?
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  2. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 3
    windows 10
       26 Sep 2015 #2

    Update to latest BIOS first then do the chipsets then download the windows driver 10 pack all from dell support. Works well after that. I spent a lot of time before i figured that one out..
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  3. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 196
    windows 10 (x64)
       26 Sep 2015 #3

    For me also, it works ok. need updating bios, chipset drivers. It occupies less space and fast.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 230
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       26 Sep 2015 #4

    Thank you for your replies.

    I actually called Dell yesterday and they are sending me a USB Drive with instructions on how to boot to Windows 8.1 again.

    However, I will try your methods.


    Thanks, I'll let you know
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  5. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 196
    windows 10 (x64)
       26 Sep 2015 #5

    As you are already in windows 10, You can try clean install as per tutorial for clean install. But before clean install save key for MSoffice home and student edition as that will be required in clean installed windows 10 for installing office which was there.
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  6. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 230
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       26 Sep 2015 #6

    lvgandhi said: View Post
    As you are already in windows 10, You can try clean install as per tutorial for clean install. But before clean install save key for MSoffice home and student edition as that will be required in clean installed windows 10 for installing office which was there.
    I updated the BIOS and I downloaded Intel chipset drivers, but the system restore still didn't work.

    I will wait for Dell's recovery media instead.
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  7. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 196
    windows 10 (x64)
       26 Sep 2015 #7

    bobjoe said: View Post
    I updated the BIOS and I downloaded Intel chipset drivers, but the system restore still didn't work.

    I will wait for Dell's recovery media instead.
    You can do clean install. That will be better. But before that get the key and drivers from dell for win10.
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  8. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 230
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       26 Sep 2015 #8

    lvgandhi said: View Post
    You can do clean install. That will be better. But before that get the key and drivers from dell for win10.
    Actually something weird happened. I went to Settings > Update & Recovery, then Reset This PC and Clean my Drive. Somehow, it's working now. I'm currently at a screen showing the Dell logo and 32% completed of "Resetting this PC".

    I will report back what happens.
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  9. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 230
    Windows 10, 8.1, 7, and Vista
       26 Sep 2015 #9

    Windows's built in recovery didn't work. It got to 53% then it gave me the "there was a problem" error.
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  10. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 1,604
    Windows 3.1 to Windows 10
       26 Sep 2015 #10

    using the windows 10 Reset feature - requires you to first create a provisioning package of the system drivers..
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