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06 Feb, 2013

Install Run Android on Windows laptop/desktop computer using VMWare

Posted by: mynag In: Android|Solutions & Tips|Windows

In order to run Android on Windows, you will need to install it and run it in on a virtual machine. There are 2 free x86 virtualization for personal use, VMware and VirtualBox. You will need either one of this virtualization software to be installed on your Windows PC before you can proceed on.

For this case, I will be using VMware to install Android.

You will also need the Android x86 build in ISO format for installation into VMWare.

Download from the Android x86 builds at
You can also download them at the following links:

Installing Android into Windows using VMware.

  1. Run VMWare
  2. Click <Create a New Virtual Machine>

    create new virtual machine vmware

  3. Select <Installer disc image file (iso)> and click <Browse> to locate where you placed the android ISO file. After which, “FreeBSD detected” will be indicated below the textbox. Click <Next>.

  4. Give this virtual machine a name and select a location on your computer where you want to place the Android OS VMWare system files. Click <Next>.

  5. In the next screen, use the default settings. You can change the maximum disk size later. Click <Next>.
  6. Click on <Customize Hardware> and set the memory to 512MB. Click <Close> and then <Finish>.
  7. On this screen, you are actually seeing the Android Installation Screen, here you can choose to run Android without Installation or install Android onto your Hard drive. However, running Android without installing will cause data to disappear every time you reboot, so for my case, I am going to choose to install Android on to my harddisk.

  8. Next, you will see fast scrolling text while Android installation is initializing. Once it has stopped scrolling, you will see a menu asking if you would want to Create/Modify Partition or you might miss the screen and see some texts as seen in following screen (below). Just press <Enter> to proceed to the next screen.

  9.  Next, you will be presented with a screen where you can create and modify partition available for installation. In this case, there is only one partition availiable which is the virtual partition created by VMWare. Use your the arrow keys until the option [   New   ] is highlighted and press <Enter>.
  10. On the next screen, you are presented with option of creating Primary or Logical partition. Highlight [  Primary ] and press <Enter>.
  11. Next, you are ask to enter the size of the partition you want to allocate for the Android OS. By default, it is the full size of the partition you have configured and assigned earlier on in  VMware. You can leave it as it is and hit <Enter>.
  12. The next screen shows the partition sda1 (default name) with Part Type as Primary and FS Type as Linux and the size of the partition. Below, highlight [  Bootable  ] and press <Enter> to make the partition bootable. Once you have make the partition bootable, you will notice the Flags of the partition is indicated as Boot.
  13. Select and highlight the [   Write   ] options at the bottom and press <Enter> to proceed with the Android installation.

  14. When ask “Are you sure you want to write the partition table to disk? (yes or no): “, Type Yes and press <Enter>. Once finished writing, it will show “Wrote” at the bottom of the screen.
  15. Highlight the option [   Quit  ] and press <Enter> to exit. You will presented with the following (below) screen. Make sure the sda1 is selected or highlighted and then hit <Enter>.

  16. In the next screen, you will be asked to choose the filesystem to format sda1, it is recommended to have it set to ext3. Fat32 and NTFS might not work properly.
  17. After you have select the file system format, hit <Enter> to proceed with formatting.
  18. Once it completed the formatting, hit <Enter> to install boot loader GRUB.
  19. The next screen asked if you want to install /system directory as read-write. Highlight YES and hit Enter and wait for a few seconds for the writing of data.
  20. Next, Hit Yes when asked to create the image and wait for a few more seconds.
  21. When the installation has completed, you will be greeted with the message “Android-86 is installed successfully”, highlight the option Run Android-x86 to start Android. Enjoy.

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