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Do you wish you could run your favorite Android apps from the comfort of your Windows computer?

As a PC enthusiast and desktop user, nothing is more frustrating than sitting down with my smartphone and finding an app that I really enjoy. Chances are, that app doesn’t offer any native desktop version. An app like Kik comes to mind. Kik is a great messaging service for your smartphone 3 Useful Apps To Replace Your Mobile Text Messaging Plan 3 Useful Apps To Replace Your Mobile Text Messaging Plan Read More , but there’s no native way to use Kik from a laptop or desktop. You have to use an emulator.

You’ve probably heard of BlueStacks before, and if you haven’t then you’re missing out on the most popular Android emulator for PC BlueStacks Lets You Experience Android From The Computer BlueStacks Lets You Experience Android From The Computer Back in January, BlueStacks was introduced to MUO readers in an article that provides similar alternatives to the emulation software. Since then, the development of BlueStacks has progressed in a way that, in my opinion,... Read More . Using BlueStacks, you can completely emulate Android in a window on your Windows computer 3 Ways To Run Android Apps On Windows 3 Ways To Run Android Apps On Windows Interested in Android? You don’t have to buy a device or go to a physical electronics store (do those still exist?) to try it out. You can run individual Android apps and play with the... Read More . Ever used VirtualBox, a tool for running virtual machines? It’s extremely similar, but tailored only to the Android platform.

An issue that has really eaten away at me is that I cannot get BlueStacks to install properly on my Windows 8 desktop. Therefore, I’ve had to look for a few BlueStacks alternatives. Windroy is one of the nicest that I’ve come to find.

Download Windroy

I’ve only given Windroy a spin on my Windows 8 machine, but I’ve read all around the internet that it seems to also be working just fine on Windows Vista and 7. The current download is being hosted through Google Docs and is just over 80 MB in size.

Winroy

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Upon launching Windroy, you’ll first see that it pops out a window that looks very similar to the Windows Command Prompt. This window acts as a log for what is going on in your emulator (which will pop out in another window). Any errors and other important events are reported here, and you’ll need to keep this window open.

Winroy

The first difference you’ll notice is that, unlike any other emulator that you’ve probably tried (such as BlueStacks or YouWave), Windroy launches in a fullscreen mode. The first thing you should see is a typical Android lock screen, as displayed above. Again, this isn’t very typical. You won’t see it with many other emulators, but Windroy really emulates the entire Android experience.

Windroy

From this point on, Windroy functions quite similarly to the other emulators. Why use it over others? For example, you may notice significant differences in speed or better compatibility with certain apps. I’d always recommend BlueStacks as the first Android emulator to turn to, simply because of its long track record as being a solid emulator and its consistent updates, but Windroy is an excellent second option if you’re unable to run the application or you encounter issues.

Here are some of the key features that Windroy boasts:

  • Runs smoothly on Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8
  • Comes with Windows applications such as Flash integrated
  • Support for any UI resolution
  • Can run in windowed of full-screen mode
  • Supports IO devices like the mouse or keyboard

Introducing Windroy to the MakeUseOf audience as an alternative to BlueStacks means I won’t be giving a full rundown on what’s possible with an Android emulator, but I’d definitely like to shed light on a few tricks that you can use to make the emulator work in ways to help you get comfortable with it. It functions differently from competing emulators.

Using Windowed Mode

As aforementioned, Windroy takes up the full screen when you first launch it. If you’d like to restrict it to a window, so that you can focus other windows in your taskbar when not busy in Windroy, that’s completely possible. You’ll just need to set an environment variable.

To do so, you’ll need to right-click My Computer, go into your Properties, click on “Advanced system settings“, then the “Environment variables…” button.

Windroy

You’ll need to set up a variable called “WINDROY_RESOLUTION” and assign a resolution as the value, similar to what you see in the screenshot above. Apply the changes, completely restart Windroy, and you should not be seeing the application in a window.

Installing Apps

If you’ve used another emulator like YouWave, you’ll notice that there are built-in methods of getting to the Google Play store within the emulator. Not on Windroy though. With Windroy, manually installing APKs How To Manually Install ("Side Load") Apps On Your Android Device How To Manually Install ("Side Load") Apps On Your Android Device Ignoring any "app count" wars between the iOS and Android worlds, one thing is for sure -- there are a ton of apps available to install on Android, no matter how you look at it.... Read More is how you’ll have to handle getting your favorite apps installed. As explained in the linked article, this will require that you allow apps to be installed from unknown sources.

AndroidDrawer

One of my favorite repositories where you can find APKs is AndroidDrawer. Most popular apps can be found here, and you’ll simply need to download the APK and choose to open and install it after it’s been completed. The process is extremely simple and is basically the same as what you know to do through Google Play, just through another third-party website. Make sure you’re careful when deciding which of these APK repositories to trust, however.

Conclusion

Windroy won’t leave you awed and extremely impressed if you’re used to emulating Android through BlueStacks. BlueStacks has been reported to show more compatibility with a wider range of applications, specifically those from the Kindle’s app store. Many also vouch that BlueStacks offers a higher frame rate and is the best emulator for playing Android games, if that’s what you’re after. Windroy does do its job quite well though, and that’s all that is important. It’s a great second chance if other emulators have given you poor luck.

Let me know what you think of Windroy and how it stacks up against other Android emulators in the comments below.

  1. Daniel
    June 1, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    How to get an internet connection? Does Windroy Wifi have a password?

  2. harshit kumar
    March 28, 2015 at 7:36 am

    I have downloaded my apk files from somewhere else and now I m trying to open it on windroy with process net says to the system then app and copy the file....from this process I get the photo of the apk but it doesn't run why??¿¿¿ plz help quickly...

  3. justin
    March 19, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    hey my windroy isn't running apps properly it flashes
    on screen and i can't play anything help me find a fix please

  4. Bhavin
    February 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    i have a below error after that nothing happen ....

    ***** BAD COMMAND 29190 received from binder driver

    any sollutation

  5. Caroline W
    January 4, 2014 at 2:52 am

    Thanks for the mention of YouWave because Windroy sounds a little complex for me, plus judging by the comments it seems to have installation issues. I tried BlueStacks but it is incompatible with Bit Defender - turned on or off. So I went for YouWave and am really impressed! I'm testing it first before I buy it ($19.95) - it's not perfect but so far it's okay. I've wanted my apps on my Laptop for a long time, therefore thank you for the direction :)

  6. confused
    December 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

    instagram wont work on windroy

  7. john
    December 22, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    it wount work on windows 8.1 says could not get extention string arb

  8. gourav
    December 22, 2013 at 6:39 am

    how to connect a internet connection

    • sgh4900
      March 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      i have same problem

  9. Div
    December 17, 2013 at 7:18 am

    This is really getting on my nerves now.
    What's the way out for the problem?

    http://puu.sh/5PnzT.png http://puu.sh/5PnAC.png

  10. Rahul Raj
    December 8, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I cannot connect to internet in windroy! is there any option available?

  11. mukesh
    November 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

    same drm error in mine too

  12. James
    November 13, 2013 at 6:37 am

    i'm trying to run an app and it tells me drmserver.exe has stopped running... eh?

    • mukesh
      November 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

      did you get any solution for this problem please comment below

  13. Vasim
    September 16, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    When i run windroy on windows xp than write Gettickcount64 not locakt

  14. Android Drawer Team
    September 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Hi,

    Thanks for sharing our site (http://www.androiddrawer.com).

    "Make sure you’re careful when deciding which of these APK repositories to trust, however."
    - You can definitely trust androiddrawer.com, we provide MD5 Hash, for each and every app. That's the only way to be sure that the .apk file hasn't been modified.

    Cheers!

  15. BKA
    September 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    All these seem to be very buggy or some kind of Malware.

  16. ANDREW
    August 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    avast stopped setup said it was a trojan horse

    • Peter Hood
      August 25, 2013 at 9:28 am

      I always scan files before running them, and various security packages that I use came to the same conclusion. One of them was Avast, which reports "Threat: Win32:Agent-ARNY [Trj].

      When I followed other links to read the data, I noticed some of them are in Chinese. I also noticed the Google warning; they are unable to scan and thus verify the threat. It would be very, very unwise to keep this software.

      Remember, whatever anyone says the PRC contains all sorts of threats, some official, some buccaneers, some pirates.

    • Mathsy
      August 28, 2013 at 1:27 am

      I am sorry to inform you but Avast is dead, like most of the other Anti-viruses.
      Google said that warning because the file is too big for it to scan.
      If you really want to check if something contains a virus or no, get BitDefender.

      The app is working perfectly and is totally virus free. The real virus is Avast.

  17. Quiller
    August 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Does it work with XP?

  18. jose
    August 24, 2013 at 11:38 am

    When I go to any of the sites where this program can be downloaded, it downloads a .exe file called "Express Installer." Is it safe to download and install this program, and what does it have to do with Windroy"

  19. thu ya
    August 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

    how to install app in that windroy.? c:\ ? please

  20. Ed
    August 23, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    I would love to see Android emulation on Linux with full hardware acceleration.

    Anyone know of options?

    If not, has anyone tried AndroVM in virtual box? How is the hardware acceleration on 720p/1080p videos? Can it handle most ARM compiled apk files?

    • Crayon
      August 24, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Try Genymotion, it's AndroVM evolution. It runs smooth on my PC even if I can't make a lot of apps run but I think the problem can be solved (at last for some of them)

      Genymotion runs on Linux, Windows and Mac.

    • Ed
      August 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Thanks. Will look into it.

  21. szecs
    August 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Error :( Win 8.1 x86
    Screenshot: http://i.imgur.com/miqQmlU.jpg

    • anonymous
      December 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

      I'm getting the same error!

  22. Bilal A
    August 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    "surfaceflinger.exe has stopped working" as i run windory on windows8 x64 pc, what the hell is this??

    • Terobau
      October 17, 2013 at 10:58 am

      Same here...

    • Vinu
      November 5, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      thats because your opengl drivers are not working in windows 8.Update your display drivers.

    • Jerry
      December 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm

      Pls,it says surfaceflinger.exe has stopped workin,pls wt do i do?

  23. harindu
    August 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    It's really confusing that these emulators such as bluestack and this never gets ported to Linux.

    • hamed
      October 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      why can't windroy access the internet

    • hamed
      October 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      I've try browsing with windroy,but its not connecting.is there any solution

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