How to Root CHUWI Hi8 Android / Windows 10 Tablet

The Chuwi Hi8 tablet is an amazing device. For right around $100 you get a FULL featured Windows 10 tablet that allows you to also boot to Android if you desire. The tablet is faster than I expected with Windows 10, and while it shouldn’t be considered a workhouse it is fully capable as an internet browser and MS Office tablet. Now that everything is web based I can utilize most of what I want to do on this tablet. You won’t be able to do graphics design or anything, but of course at $100 you wouldn’t expect that. Time to do Chuwi Root

Rooting Procedure

Step 1 – Install Drivers for your tablet

This was the trickiest part for me. I followed the root guide on XDA developers to write this blog entry. However the drivers that were given on XDA didn’t work for me. I will include both sets of drivers so you can try either one.

I used the Intel Drivers here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-Zj7y7G1-C_ckdfWDFEZ3FfT3c)

The recommended drivers on XDA are here. (You may need to use an older version. I am including the 3 working versions. Try the newest first)
ADB Setup 1.4.3 (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-Zj7y7G1-C_VzR0WU53NVcwQXc)
ADB SETUP 1.3 (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-Zj7y7G1-C_cE1VaVBubXF2ck0)
ADB Driver 1.0 (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-Zj7y7G1-C_bThOa09USUtjeE0)

Once the drivers are installed, your tablet should show up as device on Windows Explorer. Verify that you can see your tablet on your PC before proceeding to Step 2.

I took screenshots below.

 

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Step 2 – Enable USB Debugging

 

On your tablet go to Settings > About
Then tap your build number 7-10 times then you will see a message saying “You are now a Devoloper”
Now go to Settings > Devoloper Options and Enable USB Debugging

A full walkthrough from How To Geek is located here (http://www.howtogeek.com/129728/how-to-access-the-developer-options-menu-and-enable-usb-debugging-on-android-4.2/)

Step 3 – Download SuperSU

 

Get the latest vertsion here (http://download.chainfire.eu/supersu)

I used version UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.76-20160630161323. I am including the download link, but I recommend you download the latest version and only use this version if the latest doesn’t work. (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-Zj7y7G1-C_YVJVbmtJanFPbm8a0)

Step 4 – Download Intel Fastboot Tethered Temporary Recovery Session Launcher

You can download it right here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-Zj7y7G1-C_eFNiVGJqdXFzekk)

Step 5 – Copy the SuperSu file to your tablet

In Windows explorer copy the SuperSU file you downloaded in Step 3 to your device. You can put it in any folder you want, but I recommend you put it on the top level so it is easy to find later

Step 6 – Extract and Run the Intel Fastboot Tethered Temporary Recover Session Launcher

Extract the file you downloaded in Step 4. Once the file is extracted, you will want to start “launcher.bat”

Once you start the launcher, type “ACCEPT”

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After you type ACCEPT, your screen should stay Cyan, if it turns red then you likely have a driver issue (see Step 1). I kept getting unauthorized when I was using the wrong driver.

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Now Type T3. After Typing T3, your tablet should reboot to CWM recovery screen. If you have ever rooted devices before this should be a very familiar screen.

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Note: if you see a failure after typing the T3, that is normal and nothing to worry about. As long as your tablet reboots to CWM. You are fine.

Step 7 – Install SuperSU from Zip

Once your tablet reboots and you get the CWM recovery screen, you want to select install from zip. Once you do that, you will select the SuperSU file you downloaded in step 3. Install it, then reboot your tablet using the CWM menu. This will give you Chuwi root access.

Step 8 – Enjoy Root Access

Verify using the root checker app in Google Play Store. Congratulatkons! You have completed the Chuwi root.

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I have been an IT professional for 12 years now. I have been building websites for 15 years, and I have done Social Media management for 5 years. I am currently training to do ethical hacking using penetration testing and various tools. I am hoping to be a certified Ethical Hacker by the end of 2016.