While this tablet may be one of the cheapest windows tablets that money can buy, I still see it as a worthwhile challenge to try upgrading one to run windows 10. The tablets only have a meagre 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. While these are a real limitation, for basic tasks it is still a usable machine – akin to a netbook from previous years, but with a faster processor and better form factor for content consumption.
The license for windows 8 is burned into the BIOS – there is no actual license key. As the July deadline for upgrading to windows 10 has passed, I do not know if you will need a new license key for windows 10. However, even though the July deadline has expired, if you have issues with activating windows 10, please see this link for a possible workaround.
- This upgrade process will require you to wipe the device entirely, which will lose all data.
- I don’t recommend you attempt this if you are not confident with troubleshooting.
- USB Micro OTG (On-the-go) adapter
- USB Hub
- USB Stick (8GB or larger)
- USB keyboard & mouse
- Windows 10 Media Creation Tool: here (scroll down on that page)
- Direct download of ISO: here (be sure to choose the 32bit option!)
- Rufus (ISO-to-USB tool): here
- Drivers: please leave a comment or send me a message and I will email you the link to download the drivers!
- Touchscreen rotation fix: here
- Download the ISO for windows 10, 32bit from here
- Download Rufus, and use it to “burn” the ISO to the USB stick as a bootable drive
- Plug in the on-the-go adapter into the tablet, and then the hub into that.
- Plug keyboard and mouse, and the USB stick into the hub.
- Startup the tablet, and press delete to get into the BIOS.
- Choose the option to boot off the USB – it is on the fourth page in the BIOS.
- Perform the installation of windows 10 using the keyboard and mouse. Make sure you wipe the internal drive and delete all the existing partitions.
- Boot into windows 10 using the USB keyboard and mouse.
- Copy the driver zip file to the tablet with a USB stick, or, download it directly on the tablet from any web browser.
- Extract the zip file and run the “Double Driver” program (dd.exe).
- Choose “Restore” and follow the prompts to allow administrator access.
- Click “Locate Backup” and choose the compressed (zipped) backup file “Drivers Backup.zip”
- Choose “Restore Now”, and follow all installation steps that pop up. Some of the drivers are unsigned so windows will produce a warning – install those drivers anyway.
- Wait for the driver installation to complete, then choose the option “restart later”. Click “close” on any windows that remain open.
- Double click on the “orientation fixer.reg” file (download it here)to add it to your registry.
- Reboot the tablet
- Enjoy windows 10!
Let me know if you have any questions about any of these steps – I know that this is brief, and I am happy to provide further details if you would like.
Emdoor EM-I8170 & Unisurf 7″ Misc Specs
- Audio Codec: Realtek
- Audio Amp: ALC5640
- Wifi: Realtek
- Touchscreen: Silead
- Accelerometer: Kionix
- Camera: GC310
Most of these drivers will also work on the Pendo Pad 7″ for windows 10 – you will have problems with the touchscreen as there is a different driver required for that tablet. You can get that driver and more information over at this link.