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Emulate Android On Your Desktop Using Windroy

Craig Snyder 23-08-2013

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 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 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 Wondering how to run Android apps on a Windows PC? Here are the best methods for getting Android apps on your computer. Read More . Ever used VirtualBox, a tool for running virtual machines How to Use VirtualBox: User's Guide With VirtualBox you can easily install and test multiple operating systems. We'll show you how to set up Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux as a virtual machine. Read More ? 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 [Broken URL Removed]

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.



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.


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.



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.


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 or Sideload Apps on Android Want to sideload apps on your Android phone? Installing APKs manually on Android opens up a whole new world of apps, and it's easy to do. 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.



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.


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.

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  1. chize04
    December 24, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    pls help me
    when I download snapchat APK file
    but when I open it it doesn't work
    when I open I it immediately opens windroy but nothing happens

  2. Jack
    October 30, 2017 at 10:49 am

  3. Chuck
    June 14, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Totally Worthless. Unable to access network, can't change time.
    POS. Don't waste your time with the crap.

  4. Serv
    May 11, 2017 at 4:31 am

    Hey, on occasion I get a 500 website message when I view your site. Just a heads up, best wishes

  5. kim
    October 13, 2016 at 9:38 am

    it looked quite good, but... it types terrible and it just won't give me a V. Which I need for my gamer ID. and yes normally my V works. So I couldn,t log in, end of winroye for me.

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

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

  7. 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...

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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 :)

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

    instagram wont work on windroy

    • chize04
      December 24, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      you can just download Instagram normally on your computer
      theres no need for android emulator
      I have done it before
      I am trying to download snapchat
      if u can pls help

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

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

  13. 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

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

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

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

    same drm error in mine too

  16. 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

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

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

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


    Thanks for sharing our site ().

    "Make sure you’re careful when deciding which of these APK repositories to trust, however."
    - You can definitely trust, 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.


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

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

  20. 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.

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

    Does it work with XP?

  22. 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"

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

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

  24. 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.

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

    Error :( Win 8.1 x86

    • anonymous
      December 2, 2013 at 11:25 am

      I'm getting the same error!

  26. 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?

  27. 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

      • chize04
        December 24, 2017 at 9:20 pm

        u can
        settings ---- wifi-----on-----it connects automatically

    • hamed
      October 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm

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