How to install Windows 8 and 10 on a tablet with Android

Sometimes the user of the operating system Android needs to install Windows on the device. The reason may be a program that is distributed only for Windows, a desire to use Windows in mobile mode, or install games on your tablet that are not supported by a regular Android system. Either way, demolishing one system and installing another is not an easy task and is suitable only for those who are well versed in computers and are confident in their abilities.


  • The essence and features of installation Windows on a tablet with Android
    • Video: tablet on Android as a replacement for Windows
  • Requirements Windows for the gadget
  • Practical ways to launch the platform Windows 8 and higher on Android – devices
    • Emulation Windows by means Android
      • Practical work with Windows 8 and higher on Bochs emulator
      • Video: launching Windows via Bochs for example Windows 7
    • Install Windows 10 as a second OS
      • Video: how to install Windows on a tablet
    • Setting Windows 8 or 10 instead of Android

The essence and features of installation Windows on a tablet with Android

Setting Windows to Android – the device is justified in the following cases:

  • the most compelling reason is your job. For example, you are engaged in website design and you need Adobe Dreamweaver application, which is most convenient to work with in Windows. The specificity of work also suggests the use of programs with Windows, which have no analogues for Android. And labor productivity suffers: for example, you write articles for your site or to order, you are tired of switching the layout – and there is no Punto Switcher program for Android and is not expected;
  • the tablet is quite productive: it makes sense to test Windows and compare which is better. Familiar programs that worked on a home or office PC (for example, Microsoft Office, which you will never trade for OpenOffice), can be taken with you on any trip;
  • the platform Windows has developed intensively for 3D games since the days of Windows 9x, while iOS and Android came out much later. Controlling in the same Grand Turismo, World of Tanks or Warcraft, GTA and Call of Duty from the keyboard and mouse is a pleasure, gamers are accustomed to this from an early age and now, two decades later, they are happy to 'drive' the same series of these games and on a tablet with Android, without limiting yourself to the framework of this operating system.

If you are not an adventurer on your own head, but, on the contrary, have a good reason to run on your smartphone or tablet Windows, use the tips below.

Tablet with Windows 7 ready to install

To use Windows on the tablet it is not necessary to have its pre-installed version

Video: tablet on Android as a replacement for Windows

Requirements Windows for the gadget

From ordinary PCs Windows 8 and above, it requires not weak characteristics: RAM from 2 GB, a processor not worse than a dual-core (core frequency not lower than 3 GHz), a video adapter with DirectX graphics acceleration of version 9.1.x or more.

And on tablets and smartphones with Android, in addition, additional requirements are imposed:

  • support for I386 / ARM hardware and software architecture;
  • processor manufactured by Transmeta, VIA, IDT, AMD. These firms are seriously developing in terms of cross-platform components;
  • the presence of a flash drive or at least an SD card from 16 GB with an already recorded version Windows 8 or 10;
  • the presence of a USB-hub device with external power supply, a keyboard and a mouse (the installation program Windows is controlled using a mouse and a keyboard: it is not a fact that the sensor will work immediately).

For example, the ZTE Racer smartphone (known in Russia as the branded 'MTS-916') had an ARM-11 processor. Considering its low performance (600 MHz on the processor, 256 MB of built-in and RAM each, support for SD cards up to 8 GB), it could run Windows 3.1, any version of MS-DOS with Norton Commander or OS Menuet (the latter takes up very little space and is used more for demonstration purposes, has a minimum of primitive preinstalled programs). The peak of sales of this smartphone in cellular stores fell in 2012.

Practical ways to launch the platform Windows 8 and higher on Android – devices

there are three ways to launch Windows on gadgets with Android:

  • through the emulator;
  • installing Windows as a second, non-primary OS;
  • replacing Android with Windows.

Not all of them will work: porting third-party systems is very troublesome. Do not forget about the hardware and software implementation – so, setting Windows to iPhone will definitely not work. Unfortunately, in the world of gadgets, situations do not happen.

Emulation Windows by means Android

In order to run Windows on Android, the QEMU emulator is suitable (it is also used to check installation flash drives – it allows, without restarting Windows on a PC, to check whether run start), aDOSbox or Bochs:

  • QEMU is no longer supported – it only supports older versions Windows (9x / 2000). This application is also used in Windows on a PC to emulate the operation of an installation flash drive – this allows you to make sure that it works;
  • aDOSbox program also works with old versions Windows and MS-DOS, but you won't have sound and Internet for sure;
  • Bochs is the most versatile, non-versioning Windows. Launching Windows 7 and up on Bochs is almost the same – thanks to the similarities of the latter.

Launch Windows with Bochs using version 95 as an example

Windows 8 or 10 can also be supplied by converting the ISO image to IMG format

Practical work with Windows 8 and higher on Bochs emulator

To install Windows 8 or 10 on your tablet, do the following:

  1. Download Bochs from any source and install this app on your tablet from Android.
  2. Download the image Windows (IMG file) or prepare it yourself.
  3. Download the SDL firmware for the Bochs emulator and unpack the contents of the archive into the SDL folder on your memory card. SDL folder on device

    Create a folder on the memory card to transfer the unpacked emulator archive there

  4. Unpack the image Windows and rename the image file to c.img, send it to the already familiar SDL folder.
  5. Start Bochs – Windows will be ready to run. Bochs Windows

    Windows works on tablet Android using Bochs emulator

Remember – only expensive and high-performance tablets will work with Windows 8 and 10 without noticeable 'freezes'.

To run Windows 8 and higher from an ISO image, you may need to convert it to an image in .img format. There are a bunch of programs for this:

  • MagicISO;
  • familiar to many UltraISO 'installers';
  • PowerISO;
  • AnyToolISO;
  • IsoBuster;
  • gBurner;
  • MagicDisc, etc.

To convert .iso to .img and run Windows from an emulator, follow these steps:

  1. Convert ISO image Windows 8 or 10 to .img with any converter program. .Iso to .img converter

    With UltraISO you can convert ISO file to IMG

  2. Copy the resulting IMG file to the root system folder of the SD card (according to the launch instructions Windows 8 or 10 from the emulator).
  3. Start from the Bochs emulator (see the Bochs manual).
  4. The long-awaited launch Windows 8 or 10 on Android – device will take place. Be prepared for the inoperability of sound, internet and frequent 'brakes' Windows (applies to low-budget and 'weak' tablets).

If you are disappointed with the low performance Windows from the emulator – it's time to try changing Android to Windows on your gadget.

Video: launching Windows via Bochs for example Windows 7

Install Windows 10 as a second OS

And yet, emulation cannot be compared with a full-fledged porting of a 'foreign' OS, you need a more complete launch – so that Windows was on the gadget 'like at home'. The operation of two or three operating systems on the same mobile device is provided by the Dual- / MultiBoot technology. It controls the loading of any of several software kernels – in this case Windows and Android. The bottom line is that by installing the second OS (Windows), you will not disrupt the operation of the first (Android). But, unlike emulation, this method is more risky – you need to replace the standard Android Recovery with some kind of Dual-Bootloader (MultiLoader) by flashing it. Naturally, a smartphone or tablet must meet the above hardware conditions.

In case of incompatibility or the slightest failures when replacing the console Android Recovery on Bootloader, you can spoil the gadget, and only in the service center Android Shop (Windows Store) you can get it reestablish. After all, this is not just uploading the 'wrong' version Android to the device, but replacing the kernel preloader, which requires the user to be extremely careful and confident in their knowledge.

In some tablets, DualBoot technology is already implemented, Windows, Android (and sometimes Ubuntu) are installed – you do not need to reflash Bootloader. These gadgets are equipped with a processor from Intel. These are, for example, tablets of the brands Onda, Teclast and Cube (there are more than a dozen models on sale today).

If you are confident in your abilities (and your device) and still decided to replace the tablet operating system with Windows, follow the instructions.

  1. Write the image Windows 10 to a USB flash drive from another PC or tablet using Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, WinSetupFromUSB or another application. Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

    Using the program Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, you can create an image Windows 10

  2. Connect a USB flash drive or SD card to the tablet.
  3. Open the Recovery (or UEFI) console and set the gadget to boot from a USB flash drive.
  4. Restart your tablet by exiting Recovery (or UEFI).

But if the UEFI firmware has a boot from external media (flash drive, card reader with SD card, HDD / SSD with external power supply, USB-microSD adapter with microSD memory card), then in Recovery it is not so simple. Even if you connect an external keyboard using an external powered microUSB / USB-Hub device to simultaneously recharge the tablet, the Recovery Console is unlikely to quickly respond to pressing the Del / F2 / F4 / F7 key.

Still, Recovery was originally made for reinstalling firmware and kernels within Android (replacing a 'branded' version from a cellular operator, for example, 'MTS' or 'Beeline', with a custom one like CyanogenMod), and not Windows. The most painless solution is to buy a tablet with two or three OSs 'on board' (or allowing you to do this), for example, 3Q Qoo, Archos 9 or Chuwi HiBook. They already have the processor they need.

To install Windows paired with Android use a tablet with UEFI firmware, not Recovery. Otherwise, you simply cannot put Windows 'on top' Android. Barbaric ways to get a working Windows of any version 'next to' with Android will lead nowhere – the tablet will simply refuse to work until you return Android back. You should also not hope that you will be able to easily replace Android Recovery with Award / AMI / Phoenix B IOS, which is on your old laptop – here you cannot do without professional hackers, and this is there is a barbaric way.

It doesn't matter who promised you that Windows will work on all gadgets – basically, such advice is given by amateurs. For it to work, Microsoft, Google and the manufacturers of tablets and smartphones must work closely together and help each other in everything, and not fight in the market, as they do now, separating themselves from each other programmatically. For example, Windows is opposed to Android for compatibility of kernels and other software.

Attempts to 'entirely' put Windows on Android – a gadget – these are unsteady and single attempts by enthusiasts that do not work on every instance and model of the gadget. It is hardly worth taking them for an immediate call for action on your part.

Video: how to install Windows on a tablet

Setting Windows 8 or 10 instead of Android

Replacing Android entirely with Windows is an even more serious task than just 'putting' them side by side.

  1. Connect a keyboard, mouse and USB stick with Windows 8 or 10 to the gadget.
  2. Restart the device and go to the UEFI gadget by pressing F2.
  3. After choosing to boot from the USB stick and running the installer Windows, select the 'Full installation' option. Full install selection in Windows 7 / 8/10

    The update does not work, as previously Windows was not installed here

  4. Delete, recreate and format the C: partition in the gadget's flash memory. Its full size is displayed, for example 16 or 32 GB. A good option is to partition the media on the C: and D: drives, getting rid of unnecessary (hidden and reserved partitions). Redistribution of internal flash media during installation Windows 7 / 8/10

    Repartitioning will destroy the shell and kernel Android, instead it will be Windows

  5. Confirm other actions, if any, and run the installation Windows 8 or 10.

At the end of the installation, you will have a working system Windows – as the only one, without choosing from the OS boot list.

If, nevertheless, the D: drive of the media remains free – this happens when everything personal is copied to the SD card – you can try the opposite problem: return Android, but already as a second system, not the first. But this is an option for advanced users and programmers.

Replacing Android with Windows is not an easy task. The manufacturer's support at the processor level makes this work much easier. If it is not there, it will take a lot of time and the help of specialists to install a correctly working version.

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