In this guide, you will learn how to install Android OS on a Windows PC or laptop and dual boot Android x86 OS and Windows. This is the easiest guide on Android OS installation with a video tutorial that you will find on the internet.
Android Oreo 8.1 RC1 was recently released under the Android-x86 project by Chih-Wei Huang. You can now download the latest Android 8.1 Oreo ISO and install it on your Windows PC.
UPDATE: Android 9.0 RC2 Released. Install Android 9.0 x86 on AMD and Intel Laptop or PC.
You can dual boot your system with Windows 10 and Android 8.1 Oreo. This can also help you revive your older laptop and make them a usable machine for web browsing, MS Office, etc.
I have installed it on an older laptop from Lenovo – S210 Touch. Yes, it’s a touchscreen laptop that I own. It is powered by a dual-core 3rd generation Intel Intel® Celeron® Processor 1000 Series processor (1067U) and only 2GB RAM. So it’s a fairly old device but it runs Android Oreo OS perfectly fine.
The machine was useless but after installing Android Oreo, the laptop is blessed with new life and I can keep using it for blogging and writing blog posts.
Being lightweight, it boots quickly, more because my laptop has a Samsung 750 EVO SSD.
Anyways, let’s get begin installing Android Oreo 8.1 on Windows PC. In case you are interested in CyanogenMod 14.1, you can install it on your PC. I recently posted a HowTo guide on this, so do check out How to Install Android 7.1 or CyanogenMod 14.1 (CM 14.1) on Windows PC/Laptop
Installing Android 8.1 Oreo OS on Windows Laptop or PC
To install Android OS on PC or laptop, follow these steps,
Step 1. Things You Will Need
- USB flash drive or a bootable CD/DVD drive
- Ensure there is sufficiently free hard disk space on the computer/laptop on which you want to install Android-x86 OS
- Download the Android 8.1 Oreo ISO and save it on your PC
- Download Rufus app
Step 2. Create Android OS Installer Media
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- First, download the Android Oreo 8.1 ISO file for your system. Links are given above
- Create an Installation disc. To do so download the tool like Rufus or Unetbootin.
- Then choose the USB drive (prefer using a 3.0 Pen Drive or USB thumb drive 2 GB at least). Choose the Android-x86 ISO file you downloaded and hit “Start”.
Step 3. Boot via Android OS Installer USB Media
- After the writing process is complete and Android OS installer media is ready, restart your PC.
- Choose USB as a bootable drive from the BIOS setting. Alternatively, you can press F9 continuously to select USB as a bootable drive.
- Once you boot via USB drive, you will see a page with Options to either Run Android live or Install it on your system’s hard disk drive. You can choose any option depending upon your choice.
Step 4. Install Android OS via Installer Media
If you choose to run the live CD, any changes made while using Android OS will not be saved. But if you install Android x86 Marshmallow R2 update on system’s (PC or Laptop’s) hard disk drive(HDD), then any changes you will make will be saved for the future.
WARNING: Please be aware, do not format your system’s HDD as it will delete all the data including OS from HDD without any warning. If you want to install in system’s HDD, choose the “Do not Format” option and proceed further with the installation wizard.
- Now, You will get a few prompts messages pertaining to the installation of GRUB Bootloader. Make sure to allow it.
- Now, another prompt message will ask you to make a system /r/w. Hit Yes on this as well, especially if you’d like to modify your Android x86 installation later.
- After that, you will get another prompt to install the virtual SD card. Use 2048 MB for space, as that’s the maximum supported.
Step 5: Post Android OS x86 (Oreo 8.1) Installation on PC
Once the installation is finished, just restart your PC and choose Android to boot Android OS. Complete the first setup wizard and you are good to go. You can follow this tutorial on How to Install Android Remix OS on Windows Laptop or PC for stable and Desktop like experience.
What’s New in Android Oreo x86 OS
Here’s what’s updated in the Android 8.1-rc1 Oreo release of Androidx86 OS.
- Android Oreo x86 now supports both 64-bit and 32-bit kernel and userspace.
- Supports OpenGL ES 3.x hardware acceleration for Intel/AMD/Nvidia, VMware and QEMU(virgl) by Mesa 18.1.2.
- Supports OpenGL ES 2.0 via SwiftShader for software rendering on unsupported GPU devices.
- Support hardware accelerated codecs on devices with Intel HD & G45 graphics family.
- Support secure booting from UEFI and installing to the UEFI disk.
- A text-based GUI installer.
- Add theme support to GRUB-EFI.
- Supports Multi-touch (up to 5 points via my Laptop’s trackpad. Up to 10 points Multi-Touch if you have a TouchScreen Laptop), Audio, Wifi, Bluetooth, Sensors, Camera and Ethernet (DHCP only).
- Auto-mount external USB drive and SDcard.
- Add Taskbar as an alternative launcher which puts a start menu and recent apps tray on top of your screen and supports freeform window mode.
- Enable ForceDefaultOrientation on devices without known sensors. Portrait apps can run in a landscape device without rotating the screen.
- Support arm arch apps via the native bridge mechanism. ( Goto Settings> Android-x86 to configure options)
Video Guide to Install Android OS on PC
The process of installing Android 8.1 is the same as Android 5.1 which is shown in the following video. The only difference is that you need Android 8.1 ISO instead of Android 5.1. So follow this guide to install Android 8.1 Oreo OS on PC if you find instructions difficult to follow.
Let us know if you face any issue or problem while installing Android 8.1 Oreo on your Windows Laptop or PC. We will respond to you ASAP.
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