How to: Install and Run Android OS on Windows XP or Windows 7 (32 Bit Editions)

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Android is an amazing Operating System for mobile devices especially smartphones but we all also know that Android is built on Linux platform and we have been installing and using Linux on our PCs for ages. Android is no different; Although it has been specifically developed for smartphones, a little trick can easily be applied to install and run Android on PCs running the Windows Operating System (Windows XP or Windows 7). Now you might ask why would one want to do so. There may be many possible reasons. Here are a few of them.

You want to test your newly developed Android application and are looking for a testing platform.
You want to visually feel the Android OS before buying and Android based smartphone for yourself or for your family or friends.

Here is what the developers of the Android x86 project for PC had to say.

This is a project to port Android open source project to x86 platform, formerly known as "patch hosting for android x86 support". The original plan is to host different patches for android x86 support from open source community. A few months after we created the project, we found out that we could do much more than just hosting patches. So we decide to create our code base to provide support on different x86 platforms, and set up a git server to host it.


To Install Android OS on your Windows 32-Bit System, You'll need the following tools.

Android 2.2 x86 Generic ISO (82.4 MB) -
MobaLiveCD Software (1564 KB) -

MobaLiveCD is a freeware that will run your Linux LiveCD on Windows thanks to the excellent emulator called "Qemu".

MobaLiveCD allows you to test your LiveCD with a single click: after downloading the ISO image file of your favorite LiveCD, you just have to start it in MobaLiveCD and here you are, without the need to burn a CD-Rom or to reboot your computer.

Installation Procedure

Step 1: After downloading the Android 2.2 generic ISO and installing the MobaLiveCD tool, open the MobaLiveCD and click on the "Run Live CD" button.
Step 2:Then select the ISO image that you downloaded. Do not forget to choose "Yes" when asked to create a hard disk image.
Step 1: In the android Boot Menu that opens up, choose "Live CD - Run android-x86 without installation".
Enjoy testing Android on Windows.

Thank you for reading this short tutorial on How to Install and Run Android on Windows PCs.

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