How to install Android OS on PC or Laptop in 5-Minutes

Did you know that you could install Android on PC and Laptops just like any other operating system? Today in this post, I will explain how you can install Android OS on a Windows 64-bit or 32-bit PC and Laptop in just a few minutes. That too without damaging the existing Windows installation.

In fact, after installing Android X86 OS on your PC or Laptop, you will be able to dual boot between Android and Windows OS. The system will ask you to choose the OS you wish to boot when you power on your Android PC or the Laptop.

In one of our previous tutorials, we showed you How to install Android KitKat with PlayStore on any PC or Mac (Dual Boot with Linux, Mac or Windows). So let’s begin and install Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on any Windows PC using Android x86 Installer.

How to Install Android OS using Android Installer

There were several issues reported by users while installation of Android OS using USB installer. Bootmanager is Missing, error 16, hangs at Android boot LOGO, etc. are some instances. Also, the internal storage was limited to 2GB. But if we install using Android x86 Installer Setup for Windows, we can create internal storage from 2GB (Min.) to 32GB (Max.).

But the best thing about the Android x86 installer is that you don’t need any USB Drive for installation or install Grub bootloader which many do not like as it replaces the Windows boot manager. The Android X86 installer makes the Android OS installation seamless and easy for a novice as well

This Installer will let you install Android x86 on your PC like you install any other app or software, for example, installing VLC Media Player. Yes, installing Android OS is much easier now.

Things you require for installation of Android OS:

  • Download Android OS ISO: You can download following Android OS ISO
    • Android Donut 1.6
    • Android 2.0, 2.1 Eclair
    • Android 2.2 Froyo
    • Android 2.3, 2.4 Gingerbread
    • Android 3.0, 3.1, 3.2 HoneyComb
    • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
    • Android 4.4 KitKat
    • Android 5 Lollipop
    • Android 6 Marshmallow
    • Android 7 Nougat
    • Android 8 Oreo
    • Android 9 Pie
    • Android Q
  • Windows Boot Manager/NTLDR ( it is the default Boot Manager, no need if you have windows installed)
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8 32-bit or 64-bit
  • .NET Framework 4
  • Androidx86 Installer (Download from Here).

Installing Android-x86 5.0.2 KitKat on Windows/Linux PC:

  • Launch the Androidx86 Installer.
  • Select the downloaded Android x86 5.0.2 ISO file
  • Select the partition where Android will be installed.
  • Select “User Data Max. Size” i.e. Internal Space

install android x86 on Windows

  • Click Install and wait about 5 min.
  • Note: Installation time depends on “User Data Max. Size” may be more than 10min with 32GB

Android Boot x86 kitkat

How to Uninstall Android 4.4.2 KitKat from Windows PC:

  • Start->Control Panel -> Programs and Features
  • Select Android and click on “Uninstall
  • Just press any key and wait until screen disappear

Below is a Video Guide showing the installation of Android 4.4.2 KitKat, follow the same steps as shown in the following video, just change the Android x86 ISO file from Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

Also, Android x86 Installer ensures no risk to Damage HDD Partitions, Boot Data or User Data. It is like WUBI (Ubuntu installer) but it is NOT a WUBI Based Installer. You can uninstall it anytime as if you uninstall a Program in Windows.
After installation, you will get an option on boot to select Windows or Android. (See the Screenshot below)

Know Issues:

  • Not Work if GRUB is the default bootloader
  • EFI Not Supported

Change Log:

  • Version 1.2:
    – Support Windows 2000/XP [waiting for Users Reports]
    – Logging Installation Process
  • Version 1.1: automatically detect if VGA Card require xforcevesa nomodeset, no more android black screen
  • Version 1.0: initial version

Some Notes:

  • you can install Android on “USB Disk” or “SD Card”
  • you can install Android on Windows partition (Drive C: ), no problems at all

Windows 8 Devices Note:

  • Most of Windows 8 Devices which use UEFI and GPT Disk is not supported till Now.

Download Android x86 Installer for Windows

Check out FAQs here : 

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45 Comments

  1. Bro I have installed android lollipop in my laptop,by reading the ways that u have suggested.After installation I restarted my laptop and selected android from the option and then it executes some commands and at last I have cought by some patterns [net like] it’s brightness was decreasing and increasing repeatedly and after that nothing happens .pls help me Ravi I am going crazy.tnx a lot.

  2. I installed it and it works fine but there is no file manager how would i see my apks ?
    And i am giving internet through my mibile via USB it works fine in Windows but this Android it shows no connections

    • You can’t connect to internet using USB Cable and your device. Use Tethering (Hotspot) to connect internet using WiFi or simply use Ethernet cable connection (DHCP only) to connect with internet. For file manager, you can download FileManager APK file from sites like Apkmirror.com and install it.

  3. Hell0 ! Tomorrow i install lollipop 5.0 in my tower PC .Every thing was fine but after installation was complete android boot logo was not respond and continue to start screen .Plzzz give me solution about this problem

  4. Hi Ravi,

    Many thanks for your article above.

    I had tried to follow the steps but at the time of instalation there was an error saying:

    Create – Warning Unsupported GPT detected. Use GNU Parted. Fatal Error: Bad Primary Partition. 0 partition ends in the final portal cylinder.

    I don’t know and don’t understand what it means. Could you explain and help to sort things out?

    THank you Ravi

    • The problem with the installer is that it only supports MBR partition not GPT. That is the reason why you are getting this error. One thing that you can do is download EFI ISO file which you can download from http://android-x86.org and install it by following steps explained in this Guide

  5. I have Lenovo G5070 laptop and I am facing some problems.
    First of all, I cant use Internet on lollipop x86 5.0.1.
    Also Bluetooth is not working at all.
    Its Hard disk has no partition also.
    So, please provide me the resolution at the earliest..

    • Mine does exactly the same.
      Upon choosing Android, the screen changes to a black screen and it quickly flashes up in the top left hand corner

      Try (hd0:0): NTFS5:

      And then goes back to the windows boot nenu

  6. hey … ! hello iam darshan ravani and iam very interested in installing android lollipop in my pc but the space max is showing only upto 2gb but how can i install android with more than 16 gb . I went to some sites and forums and asked about how to do it they told that if i will install it in a ext3 format then i can increase the storage is it coorect if yes then reply ….. please waiting for your reply

  7. i install NET Framework 4 and run program but i have an eror :
    error Occured:
    access to path ‘cgrldr’ is denied
    and dont install any thing untill i run program as administrator
    please helpe me to solve this problem
    thanks very mutch

    • I didn’t undetstand what you said. Are you getting some error?
      Did you installed Grub bootloader while installing Androidx86?
      What you see when you boot your system?
      Are you able to boot from USB/DVD?

  8. I have followed your instructions and installed “android-x86-4.4-r2” on my pc. But when I tried to open the apps a lot of them says “Stopped working” before I can even open them (I can’t even open the gallery app that came with it). So can you tell me if it is just my computer or should I try another iso of android?

    • I*If this is happening contantly then i would suggest you to try installing android x86 4.4 r2 on a USB Stick formatted in ext3 partition. Now what this will do is it will install properly the way linux OS is installed, also it will give you entire space as internal memory where you can install Apps and store files you want. You can follow this tutorial : How to Create Portable Android OS – Lollipop or Kitkat in a USB Drive – Update
      Just remember, format USB to ext3. Good luck!!

      • Thank you very much for your reply sir, I had a quick look at the alternative and I have to install GRUB on PC right? But the thing is I don’t like GRUB so would there be an other method that would work without GRUB?

        Thanks in advance.

  9. Followed your instructions and did the install on my Windows 10 laptop. When I restarted ir, first it said windows encountered a problem ( while shutting down). When it went to restart, it said Operating System not found. So now I will be reinstalling windows I guess. Any thoughts on this?

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