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Downgrading to Windows 7 on a tablet

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I have a Windows 8 tablet. Model: Hexa BlueM.

I was thinking whether it is possible to downgrade it to Windows 7.

I already have transferred the installation onto a flash drive, and tested it on a desktop PC.

Any help will be appreciated.

Thanks.
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There is scant information about this tablet other than that it was OEMed for Hexa by Shen zhen Vinsdom Electronics CO.,Ltd.  Not many appear to have been sold.

There are no manuals or drivers for this model on the OEM's web site.

The Hexa web site requires that you request support to obtain drivers.  This is not promising.

The tablet appears to have been designed specifically for Windows 8.  You can certainly try to load Windows 7 on it, but it would be prudent to have a full backup of the tablet as it is now.  If Windows 7 can't bring the network interfaces online with its default set of network drivers, there's no way for it to try to automatically obtain missing drivers from Microsoft for anything.  And it will be a drag to look up missing device drivers by the PCI ID, then hunt them down on the internet, then transfer them to the table on a USB stick and hope that they work.
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Windows 7 never was optimized for use on touch enabled tablets. Even if you get it installed it will be hard to use. Besides that you would need Windows 7 drivers for it, I can't find any downloads for Windows 7 for that tablet.

If you don't like Windows 8 you should have done the free upgrade to Windows 10 while the offer was still valid.
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If you want to install Windows 7, the first problem is that you need to format the HDD... i.e. eMMc flash storage and on loading Windows 7 setup, the system will not be able to see the eMMc flash storage and you need to load the eMMc storage driver manually.

But, there is no where you can download the eMMC storage driver and there is no documentation on it.

In your Hexa BlueM, go to Device Manager and post back the hardware IDs of the device listed under "Disk drives" and we will see whether any driver could be located.
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