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Is it possible to hard reset a Windows 8 phone?

I've carried out a factory reset which has seemingly got stuck and I want to try and abort this.

I can't seem to find out whether there is a key combination which will either reset the phone or access a "system menu" or similar.

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

To "soft reset" a Windows Phone you press volume down + power key for 10 seconds. This is the equivalent of pulling out a battery on a phone with a removable battery.

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Thanks, that did the trick! – Richard May 30 '13 at 13:15

I think you caschw is describing a soft-reset.

Windows Phone 8 hard-reset goes like this:

  • Turn off your phone.
  • Hold volume-down.
  • Keep holding volume-down and press power button for about 3 seconds.
  • Let go of the power button, but keep holding the volume down until image/icon on the screen appears.

Almost done - now proceed with the following sequence:

  • Let go of holding the volume-down and press:
  • volume-up
  • volume-down
  • power
  • volume-down

That kicks the phone into a hard-reset sequence, which should take about 40-60 seconds.

If you did all of that correctly, the phone will take you to the "Welcome to your Windows Phone, let's get started screen."

Resources: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUeaGG2D52E

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Windows phone 8?

Power + Volume buttons

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WORKKKKKSSSSS!

HOLD VOLUME DOWN KEY AND PRESS POWER BUTTON ONCE. AS YOU SHOULD KNOW AN EXCLAMATION MARK POPS UP. LET GO OF BUTTONS AND THEN PLUG IN CHARGER. RESET DIALS APPEAR ON SCREEN ALONG WITH A LOADING STATUS BAR LETTING ME KNOW WHEN THIS PHONE IS RESET! :D

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