Microsoft Windows RT 8.1 has been taken off the Windows Store temporarily after it was found that some users are facing issues with the update. No specific reason was given by Microsoft for the removal, but it did release an official statement noting that it is “investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1.”
Because of the ongoing investigation, Microsoft has “temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.”
In case you are one of those who couldn’t hold their horses and jumped the gun to update your ARM based tablet with Windows 8.1 and have managed to brick it, there are a few options that you can opt for.
First, wait for Microsoft to release another statement publicly with the fix. Second, contact their support team and get told that you would be required to burn an image of Windows RT onto a USB-based flash drive and then use it as some form of recovery mechanism to get your tablet up and running. In that case you will need an ISO provided by Microsoft or another RT device using which you can bake a USB-based recovery drive – probably without a how-to guide to help you out. Third, take matters into your own hands (of course through the warranty-proof recovery route) and get your tablet up and running by following steps listed out by a reputable blog.
Kick That Computer has had a similar issue with one of their Surface RT tablets and they have managed to come up with a step-by-step guide to recover Surface RT tablets. As mentioned earlier, you would need a recovery USB drive and there are two options here as well. Either you run to someone you know who possesses a Surface RT tablet like yours, create a recovery USB and get going with the step-by-step guide or if you don’t know anyone with a similar tablet, request the blog to send out a link to you where you can download the recovery image