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How to Install Android on Your Windows Tablet

Christian Cawley Updated 15-12-2019

Windows tablets are becoming more popular. But if you’re looking for a bigger selection of apps, Android is the answer.


While installing Android on a desktop PC is reasonably straightforward, you might find installation tricky on a Windows tablet. One problem is that tablets don’t have a CD/DVD drive.

So how can you install Android on a Windows tablet? We’ll show you.

What Tablet Are You Using?

Microsoft Surface Windows 10 tablet

Before proceeding, be aware that Android can only be installed on standard 32-bit or 64-bit Windows tablets. Those that use ARM processors (such as the old Microsoft Surface RT) are incompatible.

Meanwhile, the process of installing Android on your Windows tablet differs from device to device. However, the general approach is the same.


Windows 8 tablets are desperate for an upgrade to a usable operating system. In many cases, Windows 10 is the solution. However, the lack of apps or the increasing complexity of Windows 10 may prevent you from upgrading.

For many, Android is the only way to keep using old but perfectly adequate tablet hardware.

What You Need to Install Android on a Windows Tablet

Get started by gathering everything you need to install Android:

  • Your Windows tablet, plugged into a power source
  • A blank USB flash drive of 16GB or more
  • Second USB flash drive with the Windows installer loaded on it (in case of problems)
  • USB flash disk writing software (we recommend Etcher)
  • USB keyboard (a mouse is optional)
  • A USB hub so you can connect multiple devices to your tablet at once
  • The right version of Android for your system

When it comes to installing Android, the first option you should try is Phoenix OS. Be sure to check our guide to installing Phoenix OS Create Your Own Android PC With Phoenix OS Phoenix OS is an excellent choice if you want to run an Android OS for PC. Find out system requirements and how to install Phoenix OS with this easy guide. Read More for full instructions.


Intel also maintains some Android images for Windows machines. You’ll find these as part of the open source Celadon project, available to download on GitHub.

Before proceeding, check the web for steps specifically pertaining to your tablet. It’s important to have a direct, step-by-step reference to ensure you don’t make any mistakes that could wipe your drive. You certainly want to avoid any errors that could leave your computer unbootable.

Why Install Android on a Windows Tablet?

Windows has a usable UI in touchscreen and tablet mode, but the Microsoft Store’s app selection is comparatively modest.

If you already have experience with Android tablets and don’t particularly like the Windows touch environment, switching is sensible (where possible, that is). Thanks to enhanced OTG support on Android What Is USB OTG? 5 Cool Ways to Use It on Android What is USB OTG and how can you use it on Android? We explain the feature and the many ways to utilize it. Read More (so you can connect USB drives and input devices) you might not even notice a difference!


Note, however, that you’ll be restricted to apps that support x86-compatible systems. These are growing in number, but don’t expect to run every app in the Play store.

Configuring Your Windows Tablet for Android Installation

You can’t just install a second operating system on a device designed for Windows without making a few adjustments to the system setup.

First, you’ll need to ensure Secure Boot is disabled. Open Settings > Update and Recovery > Recovery and select Restart Now under Advanced Start-up. From here, use your arrow keys to select Troubleshoot, then Advanced Options > UEFI Firmware Settings.

Here, find Security in the left-hand menu and set a Supervisor password. Once you’ve added that, open Boot, find the Secure Boot option, and set it to Disabled.


With that done, hold down Power to restart, then hold the Windows button as well until the screen comes back on. This enables a quick shortcut back into the BIOS screen, where you should ensure UEFI Mode is selected.

Install Android on your Windows tablet

Next, switch the tablet off, and connect the USB hub directly to the USB port. Do not use a docking station.

With the keyboard and USB stick connected to the hub, boot up your tablet PC, pressing F12. In the boot menu, use the arrow keys to select the USB drive. When you need to make selections (such as enabling dual boot), use your device’s volume keys.

Different versions of the Android installer have slightly different steps. In most cases, the dual boot option should be selected. It’s often not worth removing Windows entirely as the bootloader is required for Android to boot.

If all goes according to plan, when you next boot up the tablet you should see a boot menu, where you can select between Android and Windows.

Alternative Ways to Run Android Apps on Windows

If your main motivation for installing Android on your Windows tablet is to use apps, emulation is a simpler solution. You can choose from several tools to run Android apps in this way, including:

  • NoxPlayer: Probably the best Android emulator for Windows.
  • BlueStacks: Ideal for fans of Android gaming.
  • Andy: Includes features for game and app development.

Note that these will only run as well as the hardware on your Windows machine allows. Check our guide to the best Android emulators for Windows The Best Android Emulator for Windows 10 Did you know you can run Android directly on your computer? Here are the best Android emulators for Windows 10. Read More for more.

Turn Your Windows Tablet Into Android With a Virtual Machine

Installing Android on a Windows tablet can be tough. It might take a while to find a suitable image, for example. In the worst cases, there may not even be a compatible version of Android for you to use.

Don’t give up. If Android emulation doesn’t suit you, consider a virtual machine instead.

Tools such as VMWare Player or VirtualBox run a virtual environment, upon which you install an Android operating system. This might be the operating system you downloaded earlier to run on your specific tablet model, or it could simply be Phoenix OS.

Either way, this is a cleaner option than dual booting or removing Windows entirely. Simply boot Windows, launch the virtual machine, and run Android. Our guide to using VirtualBox 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 will get you started with virtual machines.

Running Android on a Windows Tablet

It can be a hard slog, but eventually you should be able to install Android on your Windows tablet. Perhaps you’ll end up with a dual-boot setup, or maybe you’ll rely on a virtual machine instead. Either way, with Android running, you can start enjoying your favorite apps and games.

With everything is installed, and Android booted up, it should work perfectly. However, whichever method you use to install Android on your Windows tablet, you’ll likely find some features missing or disabled.

As such you’ll need to install Google Apps How to Install Google Apps on Custom Android ROMs Custom Android ROMs don't include Google apps, so you'll need to get them separately. Here's how to install GApps for your custom Android ROM. Read More to get staples like YouTube, Google Play, Gmail, and all the other popular Google-provided Android apps.

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Related topics: Android Tablet, Dual Boot, Emulation, Operating Systems, Virtual Machine, Windows Tablet.

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  1. jack
    June 29, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    You never actually said where ANY of those photos were taken. You obviously don't know. So why did you write this article?

  2. W1Z4RD
    June 28, 2019 at 5:04 am

    IbisPaint X is a pretty nice app, too.

  3. dragonmouth
    June 27, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Installing Android on a Windows tablet is adding insult to injury.

  4. a human
    March 27, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I have Casper nirvana n240 tablet pc.I installed android but it doesnt have sound or dont show battery percent.I think i must install drivers but how i install drivers to android?

  5. Charles
    December 18, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Android is a cartoon OS. Its great for Saturday mornings, but its impractical for productivity. Get Windows and stay Windows.

  6. Levi
    October 14, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    Hello I'm trying to do the dual boot on a Dell Venue 8 Pro 5830 and for some reason when I go to download the Android installation image I get an error message saying that its corrupted and I can't get my tablet to boot from it because of that, any ideas as to what's going on?

  7. Julian
    May 22, 2017 at 5:38 am

    can anyone help me

  8. Julian
    May 22, 2017 at 5:37 am

    i want to download bluestacks on my microsoft surface rt but i cant because when i try opening it says "this app cant run on your pc" can someone help me

    • Christian Cawley
      May 22, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Bluestacks will not run on an RT tablet, as Bluestacks is intended for Intel processors.

      It lets you run Android apps (from systems with an ARM processor) on PCs with Intel processors. It isn't intended for the short-lived RT hardware.

  9. Cameron C Rogers
    May 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I have a couple HP Stream 7 tablets. Do *NOT* attempt this on that tablet. It *will* corrupt your flash. Luckily I know how to repair it, but for the average user, it bricks your device.

    • Christian Cawley
      May 22, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Perhaps you could link to a solution?

  10. fokozuynen
    September 27, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    is this another linux version with interface of android?

  11. swayam prakash
    June 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

    why is it not installing on my iBall slide tablet. I am continuosly getting an error; "An error occured when attemping to lock the volume".
    Error 5 : Access is denied.
    waiting to hear from yopur side

  12. Jacob
    April 4, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I have the HP Stream 7 and I'm installing the same version as the publisher (4.2.2_r1-ia3). When I get to the Disk Imager, I find the file just fine, but it doesn't recognize the drive. I'm attempting to use a virtual drive because I don't have a flash drive, but will that work? Do I have to use an actual flash drive?

    • Jesus
      April 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Friend Jacob , you have not heard of any forum or topic on the network to talk about what you explain , it is that I have a hp tablet stream 7 and desire make the switch to Android OS . Thankful in advance with the help you can give me .

  13. Zyrel
    March 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    I want to upload bluestacks with my Acer Iconia 8 W but it always failed it notifies need 2G of physical memory? What does it mean? Please help how to install. Thanks

    • Jacob
      April 4, 2016 at 6:53 pm

      If you go to your computer's properties (I can't remember exactly how to get there, I use W10 instead of W8), you will see a line that says "Installed RAM" or something similar. In your case, you require at least 2 gigabytes of that. If you do not have that, you cannot use blue stacks.

    • Jesus
      April 5, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      Good , Zirel means that for Bluestack can run without any inconvenience on your machine must have at least two GB of RAM ... your Acer Iconia think it has one GB

  14. whitneydel
    January 20, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    I tried this with my HP Stream 7 and I'm kind of stuck on the writing the image to the USB. It's not clear, because I go to the link, download the zip of the android OS I want, unzip it when it's done downloading, then it's just a bunch of img files(??) and I don't know if I should write one of the img files to the USB, or create a .img/.iso from the collection of files. I have decent software so maybe I'm not using it correctly??

    • Christian Cawley
      January 20, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      From the instructions above:

      "Run Win32DiskImager.exe and browse to the unzipped Android installer, selecting Save to add it to the tool."

      • aa
        January 24, 2016 at 10:18 pm

        Try opening recent releases...unzipping wont help...there's no one iso file inside.

        • Anonymous
          January 26, 2016 at 11:38 pm

          recent releases on Intel's website? The download I chose was
          "Android* 5.1, Lollipop on MinnowBoard MAX (64/32 bit userspace)
          Released: 20 May, 2015"
          I'm not sure that's what you meant, but I'm also not sure that this download is right for my tablet. (I don't what a MinnowBoard is, exactly, I just know it's a motherboard or some sort.)

        • wei lai
          March 22, 2016 at 8:57 am

          ... a MinnowBoard is a SBC or a 64 bit single-board pc. it's like the raspberry pi. SO DONT USE THAT! TABLETS USE INTEL BAY-TRAIL OR CHERRY-TRAILS!

        • Anonymous
          January 27, 2016 at 12:41 am

          so I tried it with the "android-4.4.2_r1-ia2 > baytrail" download, but apparently the HP Stream 7's system runs with a 32bit UEFI on a 64bit processor, on a 32bit OS (Win10). so for now it's impossible. Thanks for your replies.

      • Mike
        January 28, 2016 at 10:26 pm

        When you say "to the unzipped Android installer" what exactly do you mean? I'm having the same problem described by Whitneydel.

        The download for Android 5.1.1 MinnowBoard MAX (the latest android version on the intel site), once unzipped, contains several ISO files:
        Boot, cache, fastboot, fastboot-usb, recovery, and system

        which do we select in Win32DiskImager?

        • Christian Cawley
          January 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

          System would be the best place to start.

          Please note that this guide is two years out of date, written for old hardware and old software.

  15. Alex
    January 14, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Will it work on the lenovo yoga tablet 2 8 inches? (windows 8.1) its an intel x64

  16. Bagacha
    December 28, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Can I install i on Iconia Tab 8 W?

  17. Bboy
    December 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Is it possible for all tablet and i have iball slide i701 windows 8 tablet can you give me all the step to make it android tablet..
    please help me

    • Anant
      January 22, 2016 at 7:47 am

      Please tell me too i am with the same issue

  18. Anonymous
    December 9, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Can anybody help me with installing this on window RT??? All help is appreciated.

  19. Anonymous
    December 8, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Christian Cawley i have found a proper image for notion ink .. but can u tell me how to dual boot with 16 gb ssd or is there any way i can install android on my sd card.. pls respond asap.

    • Christian Cawley
      December 8, 2015 at 9:11 am

      If this is possible on the Notion Ink, you should be able to find the answer online. As mentioned elsewhere, this post explains the process for a single device to demonstrate how it works.

  20. Rmd
    November 30, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Any way to make android the default OS?


  21. Anonymous
    November 22, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Ganpat .. im trying the same ..cain does not recognise my pen drive as a bootable device..???? pls let me know if u did it ..

  22. Anonymous
    November 6, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Hello, I installed Android on a SDCard, and the first time it went alright, I got to boot on Android and everything seemed to worked fine. The problem was after I shut dow and then boot up my tablet. There was no option to boot to Android, just as my tablet can't boot directly to SDcard, I don't know why. Is there anyway that I could manually install GRUB to my boot partition and then add Windows 8 and Android to it?

  23. Anonymous
    November 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    i coudnt able to write android image to usb drive (2gb) via win32 disk imager as well as rufus 2.2
    every time try it the usb drive shows empty as before

    • Anonymous
      November 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm

      did u find any way..??

    • Christian Cawley
      November 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Possible hidden secure partition on your USB drive?

      • Anonymous
        November 30, 2015 at 10:58 am

        @Christian Cawley . the problem is notionink cain8 is not recognising the pendrive as a bootable device .. and my tablet only supports uefi boot . I was able to inatalling normal iso of win 10 as well as 8.. pls help .

  24. Anonymous
    November 1, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I have a Toshiba encore 7 running W8.1. I want to uninstall Win OS and install Android. My main problem is that tablet does NOT recognize the USB stick when I insert it. Not even feel it. Nothing!!!! in device manager under the USB devices all seem normal no Yellow notice nothing. But the stick is simple not presend. I think is from lack of power. So is impossible for me to boot from there. Any suggestions?

  25. Anonymous
    October 31, 2015 at 10:27 am

    Hi I am using Notion Ink Cain8 tablet is it compaitable to install Android (5.1 or 4.4.2 "?")

  26. Anonymous
    October 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    i'v tried to install android on my lenovo miix 3 8
    everything went fine(secure boot was default diabled) but when i try to boot from usb, windows just restarting everytime :(

  27. Anonymous
    September 10, 2015 at 7:53 am

    my tablet is lumia 2520 its running windows RT 8.1 can it install android to it?as dual boot?
    will it slow for working?

  28. Anonymous
    September 1, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    i would like to install android 5.1 on my Dell Venue 10 Pro unfortunately at the link you gave i cannot find the installer .img when i download and unzip the file it's a whole file list with things like boot.img cache.img fastboot.exe and other things. Where should i go from here? i wouldn't imagine just copy and pasting the files to the flash drive would work

  29. Anonymous
    July 28, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Would it be possible to install Android onto a Lenovo ThinkPad? I have been looking and looking on how to do it and I am not finding anything. any help is appreicated!


    • Anonymous
      July 28, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      This ThinkPad is running windows 8.1 btw

      • Anonymous
        July 31, 2015 at 9:23 pm

        I have a ThinkPad running 8.1 as well and I would also like to know if this is possible!

    • Christian Cawley
      August 5, 2015 at 10:15 am

      If it is a full Windows 8.1 device, then yes, there should be a way of installing Android. Best thing is to use Google to search for your device and "install android".

  30. Anonymous
    July 6, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Hi ,I have purchased Iball i701 newley launched tab,

    config-Intel Atom Quad core /1gb ram/16gb rom/ win 8.1.

    But I want to install Android on it...

    pls help its not happening after uefi Boot...Help....

    • Anonymous
      October 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      hello nirav i have also tried android on same tablet .it is highly recommended to backup your drivers and key other wise there is no drivers available on the website or on internet. the boot loader is locked so only microsoft OS can be run or either find some method to unlock . you can update it to win 10 but the drivers are not available. i am trying to unlock the bootloader for android.

  31. Anonymous
    June 25, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Hello, is it possible to install it on a Winbook running windows 8.1? with 1g ram? I hate windows and I hate how much room everything takes up. The tablet was a gift but I would love to have android on it. Thank you.

  32. Anonymous
    June 21, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    can i download it in my hp stream 8 tablet.......which has windows software

    • Anonymous
      June 21, 2015 at 8:19 pm

      Hi do you can install android on your stream 8, because i have one to and wanna know if its possible

  33. Anonymous
    June 9, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Can I do this on my Surface RT?

    • Christian Cawley
      June 11, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      If you check through my responses to previous comments (or read the article, specifically: "I’m specifically referring to an Intel x86 device here rather than one equipped with an ARM processor (such as the Microsoft Surface RT)") , you'll see that sadly, only Intel CPU tablets are able to be unlocked, which is the first step to installing Android.


      • Anonymous
        June 21, 2015 at 8:21 pm

        Hi Christian wanna know if its possible to install on hp stream 8 tablet? thank you

  34. Gogo
    May 21, 2015 at 7:08 am

    i hav a HP stream 8 .... 32 bit OS X64 based processor can i used this ??

    • Anonymous
      June 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      i also have the same what is the solution.......

  35. Gerhard Breier
    May 17, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Hi, my name is Gerhard. If You look on the developer page from Android x86 You can download a Android X86 for Asus T100. I have installed Android X86 4.4.4 on a Acer Aspire On A150 with a Intel Atom single core processor and 1.5 GB ram with dual boot together with Windows 8.1 pro and it runs quiet quick. Wifi is working as well as a Bluetooth stick. I installed it on a 160 GB ext3 partition and have over 150 GB internal memory. Allso the SD card slot is working. It has no touch screen, but it is not difficult to run Android with mouse and touchpad. But the graphic ship and the Open Gl version are old. That's why programs with good graphic do't work.

  36. aico60
    May 17, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Hello.I have got Hometech Protab 7 with Atom CPU Z3735G and installed windows 8.1 with Bing.Can I install last android 5.0 from intels android website?Tablets cpu is x64,will it work?

  37. Gopinath
    April 30, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    LEnovo Miix 3 seems to have taken care of that.. There is no option to boot from usb :(

  38. AR
    April 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Christian C

    Can I dual boot my windows tablet Asus Transformer Book T100?

  39. Jack
    April 9, 2015 at 6:02 am

    It is full Windows 8.1 64 bits.
    When you say feasible, what are the steps to do it?
    I could do it dual boot or throw away windows....

    • Christian Cawley
      April 12, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      The steps will be similar to what is explained in the article above. However different devices behave a little differently. I would start off by testing how Android x86 works on your tablet, using the Live DVD. Then look for detailed steps for your device for installing and dual booting.

  40. jack
    April 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    I have a Lenovo Thinkpad (8", Z3795, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage and Windows 8.1).
    I do not want to use Windows at all, I really don;t need it.
    Can I just install Android?

    • Christian Cawley
      April 8, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Is it full Windows, or Windows RT? If the latter, then no. If the former, it is feasible.

  41. Raj
    March 28, 2015 at 11:30 am

    i Have tried this on my Dell venue 8 pro but i stuck on this step "hold down the Power to restart, then hold the Windows buttons as well until the screen comes back on. This enables a quick shortcut back into the BIOS screen where you should ensure UEFI Mode is selected." can't find it could you plz add a video link or tell me how to do it step by step ?

  42. anon12434
    March 28, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I want to try this, but how do I return my tablet to absolute stock from the factory?

    • Christian Cawley
      March 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Check your tablet's documentation :)

  43. Anas
    March 25, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Thank you for the information, can I install Android on my Samsung Ativ 11" Tablet?

    • Christian Cawley
      March 28, 2015 at 10:44 am

      If it runs full Windows 8, yes. If it's Windows RT, probably not.

  44. Aditya
    March 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Hi Christian,

    Is this possible for Microsoft Surface RT2?
    Which has an ARM processor??
    Can i follow the same steps for surface 2?

    • Christian Cawley
      March 25, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Unfortunately this isn't possible, as the system cannot be unlocked.

  45. Hmid
    March 19, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Hello Dear Christian
    Thanks for the instruction
    I have a problem and need your help please
    I'm trying to install android 4.2.2 on my Dell Venue 11 Pro tablet and all of the steps you mentioned here are done successfully except where it says '' follow the instructions to setup dual boot mode and allocate space for Android using your device’s volume keys.". cause when i boot from the USB flash to install the Android, after selecting every item such as automated installer or interactive installer i just face with blank black screen and nothing more happens. #######please help me on this error########

    • Christian Cawley
      March 20, 2015 at 9:56 am

      hi Hmid. All I can suggest is you check detailed documentation for dual booting your particular device. As mentioned several times in the article and comments, the tutorial is a proof of concept that you can use as inspiration and guide, but for execution you should use Google to check it is possible and perhaps hit to find device-specific instructions.

  46. Raju
    February 25, 2015 at 8:10 am

    can i install android 4.4.2 on my Dell Venue 8 Pro ? plz help

  47. mieciunorge
    February 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I dont have wi-fi on the surface pro :(

    • Christian Cawley
      February 24, 2015 at 12:20 pm

      What problem are you having with it?

  48. Emil
    February 16, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    can i install on my winbook tw700?

  49. Lukie
    February 5, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Hi Chris .This is a great idea and perfect for a a teclast x80h, that I now see shipping already dual bootable. I only have windows on mine but would it be possible to install lollipop instead? Where would I find that? Cheers.

    • Christian Cawley
      February 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

      I'm afraid I'm not familiar with your device. I would suggest using this article as a proof of concept and then using Google to find a guide with steps specific to your hardware.

  50. mario
    February 3, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Anybody ever tried on iconia w4, will it work. Dual booting reminds me of haret.exe on my late htc hd2... ;)

  51. nick
    January 28, 2015 at 9:45 am

    tried DuOS, doesn't rely on vmware/virtualbox. Incredibly fast, almost native performance. Unfortunately, the No.1 app that I use, VSCO Cam, doesn't work with it (Works with BlueStacks though)

    Bluestacks is rooted by default, you'll have to install greenify, nova launcher, do some tweaks, and it will run fast

  52. jeet
    January 26, 2015 at 5:09 am

    im trying to do this on my asus transformerbook t100tam. i get stuck at the part when i boot using f12, that does not work, i get into bios using f2 and change boot to usb but it still does not boot into the usb but it goes straight into windows!!! please help and thank in advance.

    • Christian Cawley
      January 30, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      As noted above, this is a general guide to prove that it can be done. For the best results, find a hguide specifically for your device.

  53. brandon
    January 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Well, I ended up getting to the boot menu without a keyboard and was able to use my touchscreen, so I had my usb flash drive plugged in. However, I then ran into a major problem of the tablet giving me multiple errors. One was that I couldn't boot from usb from this device. Another was that it seemed not to recognize the usb device. The last one was when I clicked on the usb device option I got sent to bitlocker. Completely lost at this point.

    • james
      February 10, 2015 at 12:44 am

      brandon did you figure out from bitlocker point i am stuck here and have no password or flash drive back up for it

  54. brandon
    January 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Has anyone made this work on a Toshiba Encore?
    Also, is there a way to do this with a SD card instead of a flash drive? I want to use a SD card instead because I only can use one USB device (keyboard) at a time because I don't have a USB hub.

    Hope someone can help! :)
    Oh, and also hoping that Microsoft will allow these dual boot devices to happen properly without these workarounds.

  55. Frank
    January 5, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Does anyone tested this with an HP like this?

    Hope for answers ;)

  56. ahmed tayea
    January 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    when I try this it stucks for some time saying ,, " creating filesystem parameters ..... " should I leave it for some time ?//

  57. brian serna
    January 3, 2015 at 2:23 am

    hello christian.....great write up and i tried this for fun today but having an issue. any thoughts on why when i boot into android i get a blinking cursor at the end of the following text...


    i never get into the android OS. Windows is working just fine.

    I also tried the fast boot mode. here i get the android gif with the working gears but nothing else.

    This is on a lenovo thinkpad tablet

  58. Keyrun Adhikari
    January 1, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Hey Christian,
    Thanks for the post. I have Dell Latitude 10 with 32 GB internal memory and 32 GB SSD card. I have done every steps correctly. But when I choose USB as boot option, existing windows 8 loads instead of Android setup. Does this require two partitions or Android can be installed in SSD card as well? I am not able to partition internal disk. When I try, it always says not enough memory to complete this operation. Can you please help me to sort it out?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Christian Cawley
      January 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

      I would suggest researching the idiosyncracies of booting from USB on the Dell. It might be that it isn't possible (unlikely), that you need a DVD image, or that you have to boot from SD card.

  59. Christian Cawley
    December 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Not as yet - you'll need the Windows Phone 8.1 OS to be hacked first. is your best bet, should that ever happen.

  60. Brijinder Singh
    December 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    hi , can I install android on my HTC windows phone 8.1

  61. siva
    December 22, 2014 at 2:06 am

    Does anyone tried this on HP stream 8 ?

  62. imtiaz
    June 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    hi im am imtaiz khan ..l want to intall android in my asus vivo tab Note 8 Can i.....? please help....

  63. Poriya S
    June 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Sorry i have one question
    i have this tablet !
    and i have this processor
    "Intel Ivy Bridge Celeron 1037U Dual-Core 1.8GHz"
    can i use this way ?!
    what version i should download and install ?!
    thanks a lot

  64. Nathan
    May 16, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Hi I tried this on my acer using 4.4.2 ivybridge download. Was able to boot into android, but couldn't boot into windows. I kept getting diagnosis error. I could restore windows. Even tried recovery dvd with external dvd writer got error install bootable disc and press any key. Had to send tablet in possible hard drive failure.

  65. Manish
    April 27, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Christian,

    I have an HP Omni 10 running Windows 8.1 update 1.

    Can I install Android 4.4.2 and have dual boot options ?? I have a 32GB SSD on the device. How much space is required for Android ??
    Is there Play Store or would i have to side load it ??

    Also, I read people running into issues with WiFi and Bluetooth. Did you experience such problems ??

    • Christian C
      April 28, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Android shouldn't require more than a few GB to run, perhaps 5 max. You will need to sideload google apps, however. I didn't have any problems with WiFi. Sadly I cant comment on Bluetooth and I no longer have this tablet to test.

      I'm pretty sure you should be able to find a device-specific guide.

      • Nicholas
        October 10, 2017 at 6:21 am

        no correlation to the original comment, i have a nextbook 10.1 tablet pc. I can folow the steps up to where you need to press f12 to launch into boot menu. i think i have found a way around this issue, however, the pc gives me the option to boot from file. which i do, then i navigate to the folder with all of the efi files. no matter which one I select, the message is the same \EFI\BOOT\[selectedfile].efi boot failed. please help me with this problem. thanks

  66. Sem
    April 24, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I'm sorry just trying to make sure - this works on Windows RT?

    • Christian C
      April 24, 2014 at 8:08 pm

      There *may* be a method for doing this on RT.

      However, what is written above is not it. This guide is for "full" Windows 8 tablets.

  67. Rachel
    April 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Is it possible to dual boot on a Nokia Lumia 2520? I don't know much about this stuff, but I'd love to have the Android OS on this tablet. I haven't been able to find anything online telling me how to do it!

    • Christian C
      May 25, 2014 at 6:49 pm

      Sadly this isn't possible, as the Nokia are even more secure than the Surface!

  68. maher
    April 19, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    i cant boot from usb on my lenovo miix 2 8

    • mark
      June 10, 2014 at 1:23 am

      Did you think a microSD card might work? I am also trying to find ways on a Lenovo miix 2.

    • calvez
      January 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      microSD don't work, but you can boot miix 2:
      hold the volume up+power button

  69. GT
    April 2, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Dell Venue 8 PRO.

    Want to convert to Android fully, is this possible? Are there custom images?

  70. afran
    April 2, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I can't open play store I have installed android 4.2.2 on my Acer aspire p3 help me

  71. Tushar J
    March 27, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I have installed Latest Android from Intel's Open Source Technology, everything works fine but on Dual Boot screen. I am not able to change the OS with Volume Keys. I have an Acer Aspire P3 Tablet. Help Needed.... :-(

  72. DT
    March 25, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Thanks for the post. I was a little hasty and ended up only allocating 350mb to the android partition. Do you have a way of increasing this?
    There are 20 odd partitions on my w700 after this install and using a 3rd party partition tool I cannot identify which one is for android. Any suggestions?

  73. Ali Üstel
    March 21, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    should that work with an acer iconia w3?
    I stuck at the point, where I' am supposed to hold the power- and home button after the first setup in the bios. It doesn't restart right away. It just shuts down

    • Christian C
      March 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      I would say it *can* work, but not with the instructions here. You'll need to search further afield - I'm afraid the process differs from one device to another.

  74. Ki
    March 21, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Have somebody tried this on Lenovo Miix 2 ?

    • Anonymous
      May 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      I have a miix 2 I want to do this to

    • Jason
      April 9, 2015 at 4:12 am

      Do you ever get it to work?

  75. seungsoo
    March 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

    can i do this on iconia w4 820?
    i am always stuck booting options as it shows me just windows boot manager. despite i followed all the steps you mentioned

  76. Vince
    March 4, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Sadly, Bluestacks doesn't run the two apps I need most - Snapseed and the Fuji Camera Remote app. In Snapseed, there is no way to direct the app to a specific image file location, so I get a message stating no image can be found. If I drag and drop, I'm told the image is loading - interminably. The Fuji app can't find the camera. Fortunately, I have both these Pps on my iPhone, but I would seriously like the on a larger screen without buying an iPad! I've tried Bluestacks on both my Surface Pro and desktop with no success on either.

    • Ryplej
      March 10, 2015 at 9:32 pm

      Yup Snapseed makes my images black when I add some filter and when I try to turn it it just freezes.

  77. Lune
    February 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    dose it work on dell latitude 10?

  78. karlo mcfarlo
    February 24, 2014 at 8:41 am

    have no idea how to out Gapps on the tablet, all the sites that explain it aren't very detailed and easy to understand just need to know if anyone has found a guide that works and what problems they had .

  79. Joe Hann
    February 18, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Yes, I have disabled Secure boot.

  80. Joe
    February 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I am stuck with this problem. I have a tablet running on windows 8.1 32 bits. I tried to install android os as instructed but when I chose EFL USB to boot with, the error message pops up saying "the selected device failed." I tried to install it through legacy mode but my computer does not support legacy mode booting.

  81. Joe Hann
    February 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    When I select "Boot with EFI USB DEVICE," it says, "The selected boot device failed. Press to Continue." I am running it on windows 8.1 32bits. I have no legacy booting option, only UEFI.

    • Christian C
      February 17, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      have you disabled Secure boot?

    • so seungsoo
      March 6, 2014 at 7:02 am

      I have the same problom.
      my w4 820 also UEFI only.
      windows 8.1 only install
      and win7, win xp, linux, android are not install
      the branch of Acer in korea reply that intel tablet BAY-TRAIL Processor
      is only use in windows 8.1
      if you have this problom is resolve.
      you mail me.

  82. Joe Hann
    February 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I followed all the steps and my computer is saying the boot efl filed failed. What to do??

  83. Ben
    February 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    When the machine is running android, does it still go into sleep mode then and lose its internet connection as it does in Win 8? Or is it able to maintain an active connection when the screen's off (as most Android devices do) so that it can receive background notifications, update apps, etc.?


    • Christian C
      February 17, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      I haven't had Win 8 lose Internet connection so I couldn't give you a definite answer on that, I'm afraid.

  84. Skipuppy
    February 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I installed Bluestacks on my Acer Iconia W700-6499 and am very happy with it. Performance is fine and it can go full screen or windowed. So I can toggle between regular Win 8.1 Desktop, Android and Win8 Metro. It was easy to install, just download and install like anything else and it puts an icon in the taskbar notification area, click it and voila Android!

  85. lovnish
    February 1, 2014 at 1:05 am

    can i do this on iconia w3 810?
    i am always stuck booting options as it shows me just windows boot manager. despite i followed all the steps you mentioned

    • Christian C
      February 1, 2014 at 5:53 pm

      In theory, if it is equipped with an Intel processor.

      The steps may differ, however. It might be worth looking for some detailed steps on a dedicated forum.

    • so seungsoo
      March 6, 2014 at 6:47 am

      Acer prevent doing your iconia w3 810 not work.
      i also trying, but fail ( i have w4 820)
      that firmware work at uefi-ed software(ex : win8, 8.1)
      and lagacy(win xp, win7, linux, android) device are not work.
      the term of coice uefi or lagacy is not exist.
      so, firmware being update or OEM vendor allow the probrom.
      thank you.

  86. Mohab
    January 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Well i have to say that the best option to use android on windows 8 tablet is not by dual booting or by Bluestacks, the solution is by using a virtual box of android x86 this is easier and safer than dual booting and also has great performance far better than Bluestacks especially when you enable the multi-touch tablet option available in the latest release of Oracle VM.

    • Christian C
      January 30, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      It's a great solution, Mohab.

      Unfortunately, virtualisation on my tablet is poor as Hyper-V is disabled.

  87. jessy
    January 25, 2014 at 6:37 am

    So are you mot able to do this on an rt platform?

    • Christian C
      January 30, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      No, sadly not. The irony, eh?

  88. Gerdich
    January 24, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Bluestacks has bad performance and I don't see the sense of dual boot: Android devices are less than 100$.

    I want to communicate with Android from windows.
    My solution:
    A little USB-Android-TV device from China for 50$.

    The device communicates by VNC and ssh and has HDMI-out.

    • Christian C
      January 30, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Nice idea Gerdich, thanks for sharing.

    • Anonymous
      April 29, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      Chinese smart TV box.Nice idea.

  89. maxxe2011
    January 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    what about the new dell venue 8pro?

  90. Mohab
    January 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Will give it a try on my HP Envy X2, hope that works.. Thanks for the article.

    • Mohab
      January 16, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      My HP Envy X2 does not even reach the dual boot menu, any help?

  91. Kevin
    January 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Question--very interested in Dual Boot option..Looking at the new Dell Venue 8.1 tablet,,can i do this dual boot with that tablet.

  92. chandrakant
    January 14, 2014 at 6:35 am

    chris, can android be installed over Samsung's own OS BADA as well. which was use in Samsung wave series

    • Christian C
      January 14, 2014 at 6:11 pm

      Not sure about this, chandrakant, but I'd be surprised if it cannot. Probably a trip to will help you out.

  93. Ak
    January 14, 2014 at 6:09 am


    Can you show a video running android on win 8.1. Also does the Sensors like GPS etc work on android?

  94. Alan
    January 13, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Of course, by doing this--disabling Secure Boot--you are increasing your exposure to some of the worst types of malicious software. Just don't blame it on Windows when that happens.

    • Christian C
      January 14, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Absolutely right, Alan.

      Not that I can see anyone blaming Windows.

    • Lucas Timm
      March 26, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      From the stand point where you're using Android rather then Windows in this device, such a thing would never happen.

    • John Moore
      March 19, 2015 at 4:50 am

      It's my understanding from playing around with it, (trying desperately to reinstall Windows, which I FUBARed...) that you do not have to leave it disabled. Am I correct in thinking that once everything is installed and settled down, that you an re-enable it and add the Android .efi executable to the secure database?

  95. Ree R
    January 11, 2014 at 4:22 am

    This was A very interesting article. I never knew that this could be done with a Windows computer. i will read this article again and again.

  96. Mateer Ladnam
    January 9, 2014 at 5:05 am

    i don't see the point of such dual booting when we have blue stacks(which allows the use of both the OSes simultaneously(a huge benefit over the the above method as well as run the non x86 apps as well.

    • Ruben
      January 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Because Bluestacks is a heavy application to run, first of all, and therefore slower. Dual booting, though inconvenient, makes this just as fast as if it were an Android tablet since all the systems resources are devoted to running the Android OS.

    • Christian C
      January 14, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      On a tablet computer - essentially an ultrabook - Bluestacks pretty much sucks.

      Believe me, I tried it for as long as I could stomach it, but the lags and the inability to go fullscreen really put me off.

    • Dong
      January 27, 2014 at 3:57 am

      Hi Christian,

      Are you saying it lags even if the tablet is running i7 like Asus Transformer Book T300?

    • Christian C
      January 30, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Dong: I'm saying it lags on the two tablets I've tried, the Acer Iconia W700 (i3) and the Surface Pro (i7)

    • timpie
      December 26, 2014 at 10:38 am

      hey mate bleu is not sync whit android i tray i dl a game an i hef to start alll over again

    • angel
      March 17, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      Is it really possible to make the switch?

  97. Jack Shaw
    January 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I think I'd rather have the Samsung Ativ Q that was rummored some time ago.