So you want to install Android on your PC

by: Kristofer WoukNovember 25, 2012

Some of us are content to simply use the version of Android supplied on our devices, along with any carrier-supplied updates. Some of us go a little further and run custom ROMs on our devices. But what if you want to go further? Thanks to the Android-x86 Project, you can now install Android on your PC.

Now keep in mind, this isn’t going to work as smoothly as installing a Linux distribution alongside your Windows installation, for example. Android, while based on Linux, isn’t aimed at running on PCs, so a number of things need to be reworked, and a lot of hardware may not be supported. Luckily, you can run Android off of a USB drive to make sure it works on your hardware before you decide to install anything.

If you’re interested, hit up the two source links below for a tutorial and links to everything you need to download. There is even a video tutorial that shows the whole process start to finish.

So how useful is this? Not very, for most people. For tinkerers and tech fans, however, it still may be worth doing, if only to say that you managed to install Android on your PC.

  • Matthew

    hmm, so I could choose to dual boot this with windows

  • This sounds like an interesting project for a couple of older computers I’ve got setting around. Android wouldn’t press their computing power and maybe I could end up with a computer to help run apps and manage things. It’s sure food for thought.

  • This is the exact reason I have note bought an Android tablet. 1 it is just a big phone that dsnt make calls, 2 have to switch back and forth from pc, tab and phone for daily uses. Not very efficient.

    However, if/when Android releases a tab that does dual boat similar to Windows tabs now a days I am aaaalll in. This is the 1st step to help making that a reality.

    • Why would Google/Android etc make a tablet that lets you boot into a competitors OS?

      • Windows pc os isnt in competition w/ Android. They serve separate purposes.

        • Shortman

          You have heard of Windows 8 and Surface, right?

        • Windows 8 is also available on tablet computers as Surface / Windows RT. It’s also available on phones. Microsoft are pushing this VERY hard this time around. It’s a direct competitor to the Android OS. You mention that switching from a PC to tablet is not efficient.. then how are you going to browse the web and do light work on the move? Laptops are in the past now for casual work.

  • This isn’t new. I installed Android-x86 on a partition on my netbook months ago. However, just like Windows 8, it just doesn’t work as well without a touchscreen

    • BrainOfSweden

      When you learn some tricks, Windows 8 is just as, if not more, useful than previous Windows iterations. Except for that, I agree with you, Android is not a mouse-keyboard/touch hybrid, it’s made for touch, and touch only.

  • Here I am introduced a new method to install android on your computer
    it is the very easy and simplest method

  • Here I am introduced a new method to install android on your computer
    it is the very easy and simplest method

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