Have you ever installed Ubuntu, Fedora or any other Linux based operating system alongside windows. At-least Tried? No! No worries here is a step-by-step guide on “How to Install and Run Android 4.4 KitKat alongside Windows ?” and this is way simple than the above operating systems because it is a mobile operating system and doesn’t require any sort of drivers and installations. Just install and run. The OS is just 300mb in size and takes not more 5 min to load into your laptop. If you are overwhelmed with the performance of android with 2 gigs of ram and a quad core processor on your Nexus 4/5/7/10 then how it would be with 6gb ram and Intel i5 processor on laptop? That’s beyond expectations. Everything is smooth, fluid, fast and so reliable in functionality that seems as if you were holding a 15.6 inch tab docked to a keyboard. I can guarantee a complete tablet like experience on PC. One plus thing about this ROM/OS is it is pre-rooted. So you can try all those Xposed modules, Tasker and other without any second thought? So, lets get started.
1. An Intel powered Laptop/Desktop running Windows 7 (or) Windows 8
2. 4gb USB Flash drive (Pendrive)
Downloads required :
Step 1 : Plug in the USB drive to your laptop/PC.
Step 2 : Run the universal USB creator, choose ‘Android’ as Linux Distribution, browse the ‘.iso’ and the ‘USB Flash drive’ from the drop down and check the format drive next to it and click the Create button. It takes less than 2 mins to create a bootable USB drive.
Step 3 : After completion restart your Laptop/PC. And press the F2/F12 or Delete button to get into your system “Boot Menu”. Under Boot priority set “USB drive” which you have connected as the first boot option using F6/F5 buttons and Save the changes – F10.
Now you should see a Grub like interface with options to Run Live or Install. Screenshot below.
Step 4 : Go ahead and select the “Install Android to harddisk”. In the next screen choose the local drive where you want to install preferred c:/ drive. But the option won’t be as you expect so try install on a drive starting from top. And install on a drive that won’t pop any error.
In the next screen choose “Do not format” and Select “Yes” for Grub installation. And again “Yes” to the next popup and choose the max. 2047 mb instead of 512mb for apps and their data. This is considered as Internal Storage.
Now wait for the installation to complete.
Step 5 : After installation, remove your pen drive and reboot your device. On boot you should see the Grub like interface asking you choose which OS you want to boot into “Android” or “Windows”. Choose Android. That’s it, from here every guy knows how to activate their Android device.
One Plus (+) and Minus (-) about this is it supports External USB drives. And the Minus (-) is the local drives aren’t visible. So you are limited to media files. The 2gb which you allocated comes under Internal storage for apps and their data. Where as the USB support as External storage . Playing media and other files from USB drive is a breeze just “plugin and play”. Though the OS comes with a basic File Manager but the ES file explorer is recommended. And for Copying or sending files we have plenty of apps. Haven’t gone through my previous articles then it is the time to check them out.
Note : Running Windows 8? then you guys have to struggle a bit to have Android alongside because Windows 8 known for its fast boot will won’t let you into the Grub menu for choosing which OS to boot. If your Laptop or PC came with windows 8 preinstalled then you can find the UEFI firmware settings under advanced startup options. There you have to disable the UEFI and other Secure boot settings.
And don’t expect that full HD resolution of Nexus 10 on your Laptop because the OS here is x86 32bit version and considers the resolution of laptop as Max. (1366×768). The first and the foremost thing what you should do is set the Screen Timeout to “Never” and Screen Orientation to “Landscape”. That’s it. Enjoy.
Screenshots over here.
Links of Interest :
Official Website : android-x86.org
Screenshots : Link