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How to install Android on a Windows 8 tablet


The popularity of the Android operating system for mobile touch devices is due to its rich functionality, and the number of fans of this OS is several times higher than the number of fans of other firmware. As for tablets, they work on various platforms, including Android and Windows, some of the devices support two or even three OSs, giving the right to choose the launch of a particular system. Which one to give preference is a matter of user taste. It often happens that the owners of devices are not satisfied with the operating system pre-installed by the manufacturer, and some users seriously think about redrawing the management of the resources of their tablet. At the same time, in an effort to equip the device with another OS, one should not forget about the possible lack of adaptability of hardware for a specific platform. If you are concerned about installing Android on a tablet with Windows 7, 8, 10, then there are several ways to resolve the issue. Here, first of all, everything depends on the purpose for which the task is required, therefore, perhaps you should not complicate your life by reinstalling the operating system and just use the Android emulator without affecting the platform provided by the manufacturer and with the ability to disable emulation at any time. In the case when, at the behest of your heart, you decided to install the full version of Android, then you have to tinker a lot.

Simulating an OS using an emulator program is a more rational choice if the goal is to use Android applications. So, you can run the software you need without having to change the system. On tablets, you can install Android OS in addition to Windows, before that you need to check, perhaps the device is already with Dual Boot, where there is one and the other OSes. There is a completely risky option, involving the complete demolition of Windows and installing the OS you need on the device. But such risks can rarely be justified.

Preliminary work

It is important to understand that the firmware you installed may not work fully, that is, some functions may simply be missing. In addition, it is not possible to get Dual Boot on every device; on Intel x86 processors, the procedure is very successful, so if you intend to take decisive action, you need to find out if Android supports hardware. When you have decided on the choice of the method of launching Android, replace the axis or supplement with the ability to switch between OSes, you can get down to business. The whole process consists of several stages and begins with preparation. You must prepare your tablet and bootable USB flash drive before installing the system. The bootable USB flash drive must be recorded using Rufus, WinImage, UNetbootin or LiLi. It is not recommended to use UltraISO for this purpose, since the USB flash drive may not boot on the device.


So, for work, the following tools will be required:

  • required version of Android x86 OS,
  • Rufus for recording a flash drive (download programs from an official source),
  • GParted for working with partitions (bootable USB flash drive),
  • USB hub
  • USB mouse, keyboard,
  • USB stick

Creating an installation flash drive with Android OS

We select the necessary OSes assembly which we download from the checked resource. We unpack the archive with the Android installation, then we begin the procedure for recording a bootable USB flash drive:

  • run Rufus,
  • select the GPT partition scheme for computers with UEFI,
  • file system type - FAT32,
  • press the image selection button and specify the path to the ISO GParted file, after which a new volume label will be determined,
  • press the "Start" button,
  • confirm the action in a new window and wait for the end of the recording on the USB flash drive.

Tablet preparation

Remember that incorrect actions can lead to undesirable consequences and previously save important information from the device to any medium. To implement Android on a tablet running Windows, you need to prepare the system settings by disabling Secure Boot (UEFI function that prevents unauthorized OS from starting when a device running on Windows 8, 10 starts). This is done in the settings by deactivating the “Recovery” option in the “Update and recovery” tab. Here you need to reboot the device, perform it. The next step is to enter BIOS mode by selecting “Troubleshoot” - “Advanced Options” - “UEFI Firmware Setting”. Here, in the “Security” item, set “Supervisor Password”, go to “Boot” - “Boot Security” and set “Disabled” to reset the password, then turn off the tablet.

Ways to implement the Android platform on a Windows tablet

Having defined the goals, we choose the installation method of the OS. Let's see how to install Android on a tablet with Windows 10 in different ways. Among all the methods for obtaining the desired, the first and safest will be the first - emulation of the OS. Launch Android is not difficult with the help of special software. So, using this simple way, you can use the benefits of the Android environment without the risk of turning a tablet (or other device) into a brick. No preliminary work is required.

Android emulation

Everything is extremely simple here, and even an inexperienced user can cope with the task. To safely install Android on Windows 10, 8, 7, you need to use software that simulates the working environment of Android firmware. We recommend BlueStacks for this purpose, this utility is free, has a Russian interface and many other advantages, which is why it is very popular. You can download the emulator from an official resource, installation takes place in a standard way and does not require special knowledge from the user. You just need to click the “Next” button when starting the installation wizard and “Install”. The procedure for the first start of the system involves choosing a language and entering data - to use Android you need to have a Google account (if it is not there, then you have to create an account, otherwise working with the application store and other services will be impossible). After installing and configuring BlueStacks, you will discover the capabilities of the Android operating system.

Installing Android as a second OS

The tablet’s battery must be fully charged, and while it is turned off, you need to connect a USB hub to the device’s port. We also connect the keyboard. After these manipulations, turn on the tablet by holding down the F12 key. The resulting menu will provide an opportunity to select a bootable USB flash drive, select it and install Android, following the prompts. During the installation, requests will appear that determine the OS parameters, the user only needs to put the value “Yes” (Y) everywhere. The execution process and requests are slightly different for different versions of operating systems, but not critical. The completion of the procedure is indicated by an inscription informing that the configuration is installed, press Enter to continue. If the system successfully became on the device, you will see the OS selection menu when you start the tablet, but in some cases you have to load Android by holding down the F12 key.

Install Android instead of Windows

If you, after weighing all the risks and positive aspects, have come to the conclusion that you no longer need Windows, we proceed with more decisive measures that will allow you to completely demolish Windows, leaving the installed Android OS. We connect the hub to the switched off tablet and to it the keyboard, mouse, and GParted bootable USB flash drive, then press the Esc key several times to bring up the Bios system, where we perform the following actions:

  • select Boot Manager,
  • specify the flash drive on which GParted, press Enter and boot from the drive,
  • we’ll select the fourth line of the “Gparted Live Safe gfraphic setting (vga = normal)” window that opens, press Enter and wait,
  • in the next window, select the line “Keep kernel keymap”, press Enter, wait,
  • it will be possible to select a language, for this we turn on the Num Lock key on the keyboard (if it is not active) and enter “24” (Russian), press Enter,
  • on the next request, enter "0", then Enter, wait for the graphical shell to load,
  • now you can see all the partitions, here we find those that relate to Windows (MSR partition, main and recovery partition). By right-clicking on each of them, we select the “Delete” option from the context menu, delete them one by one,
  • in the lower part of the window, call the context menu and activate the "Apply all operations" option, these sections will be deleted,
  • after that we click on the “Data Android” section with the right mouse button to open the menu and select the “Change section” option, apply the largest size value and confirm
  • in the lower part of the program window, call the context menu again, select the "Apply all operations" option, and the section for Android will be enlarged.

After the above manipulations, exit the program, turn off the tablet and disconnect the USB device. When you turn on the device with Android, you can now use more space that was previously occupied by Windows.

The user's level of preparation should correspond to the complexity of the task. Remember that the procedure is always fraught with risks, therefore, without the utmost need and skills, you should not use methods for fully installing the system, and for most tasks an emulator is enough.

What tablets does it work on

In this case, we will focus on tablets running on Intel x86 processors. In particular, in this guide, the Acer Iconia W700 acts as an experimental.

The XDA-Developers have an identical guide for the Samsung XE700T, and the comments on it confirm the relevance of the following instructions for the corresponding Microsoft Surface models (not RT, there is an ARM processor there).

What you need to install

  • A flash drive with a minimum memory capacity of 512 MB, formatted in FAT32.
  • USB keyboard and USB hub. It is recommended that you use a hub that does not use a separate power source, since it is detected more quickly by the system. This is important for a successful installation.
  • To record the image of the Android installer on a USB flash drive, download Win32 Disk Imager from Sourceforge.
  • The Android distribution is swinging from the Intel Open Source Technology Center. We choose the version of Android to our liking, but it will be preferable to install the latest package.

Cooking flash drive

We need to create a bootable USB flash drive with Android. To get started, unpack the zip archive from Android.

We start Win32 Disk Imager, specify the path to the img-file of the Android distribution and click Save.

Do not forget to specify the correct disk name as the device for recording the image. There should be our flash drive.

When everything is ready, we start the process of recording the image to the USB flash drive using the Write button.

Cooking Windows 8 tablet

You can’t just take and install Android on such a tablet. First you’ll have to do a little magic with the settings of your native system.

First, make sure that Secure Boot is disabled on the tablet. Go to Settings -> Change PC Settings -> Update and recovery -> Recovery. Here we select Restart Now.

In the menu that appears, use the arrows to select Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> UEFI Firmware Settings. The BIOS will open.

We find the Security item in the left part of the menu and set the Supervisor Password.

Next, go to Boot -> Secure Boot and set the option to Disabled.

Now hold the power button to restart the tablet. Next, hold down the Windows buttons until the image appears on the screen. This manipulation is a quick way to go to the BIOS screen. You can use it to make sure that UEFI is selected as the boot mode.

We put Android

Turn off the tablet. In the off state, connect the USB hub to the tablet’s USB port. We stick a keyboard and a flash drive into the hub.

Now turn on the tablet with the F12 key pressed on the keyboard.

In the menu that appears, using the arrows, select our USB flash drive and then follow the instructions. The installation process may vary slightly from version to version of Android. In this case, the package android-4.2.2_r1-ia3 was installed, and the process looked like this:

  • Do you want to preserve Windows and dual boot? - Y
  • Do you want to resize Windows to make more space? - Y
  • Enter new size in MiB for Windows: Enter for default option.
  • Install GummiBoot bootloader? - Y
  • Enter boot menu timeout (0 = no menu) (min = 0, max = 60, enter = 5) 15

After successful installation, a message should appear:

Installation now configured. Press enter to continue

Now, if everything went according to plan, the next time you turn on the tablet, you will see a menu with the choice of the operating system that you want to download.

It happens that the menu for selecting the operating system does not appear, and, in this case, the only way to launch Android as the OS is to hold F12 on the keyboard when you turn on the tablet.

You may also find that Bluetooth no longer works on Windows. To eliminate this sad fact, you need to boot into Android and enable Bluetooth in its settings. A subsequent reboot on Windows should fix the problem.

You need to understand that in addition to the risk of turning the tablet into a brick, we are dealing with an unofficial x86 version of Android. This means that in addition to the need to install basic applications for further work (Google Play, GMail), there will be a restriction on the ability to install only those applications that run on the x86 system. Fortunately, the list of such applications is constantly growing.

How to install Windows 8 on a tablet with Andro OS> So - if it's emulators: QEMU - provides for installing the graphical shell of Windows 95 and Windows 98, BOCHS - plays Windows XP SP3, aDOSBox - is intended for emulating dos on the tablet.

If the iron on your tablet allows you to use the Windows 8 operating system, and these are usually the following models: Odeon TPC-10, View Sonic View PAD, Iconia Tab W500, Archos 9, 3Q Qoo - you can delete the old operating system and install the new Windows 8 on an Android tablet.

To do this, you will need: a mouse, a keyboard with USB, and a bootable USB flash drive with the Windows operating system (it may also need a USB hub if there are not enough ports in the tablet, and a USB Ethernet adapter if the new OS does not see the Wi-Fi tablet, and will have to download firewood for him from the Internet).

Creating a bootable USB flash drive is best done using Windows 7 USB or Download Tool 1.0. In order to record an image, you will need a 8 GB flash drive. We connect the drive to the computer, run the program, and click next. We select a device so that the image is recorded on a USB flash drive and not on a blank.

Now you can go directly to the description of how to install Windows 8 on an Android tablet.

First, back up all the information that is stored on the tablet.

Then, in the tablet’s SETUP, select boot from USB (the tablet’s manual should contain a description of how to do this. As a rule, you must press and hold the combination of buttons located on the case). Next, install the system by analogy with a computer.

After the OS has become, download and install device drivers - a touch screen, an adapter. Although the option is not ruled out that you will have such a tablet that will work immediately after installation.