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How to install Android 4.4 KitKat with Play Store on your PC (Windows XP, Vista, 7/8)

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How to install Android 4.4 KitKat with Play Store on your PC (Windows XP, Vista, 7/8)
Ever wondered what it would be like if you could run Android on your Windows PC? Maybe yes, or maybe not, but the reality is that many of your peers certainly have. And where there's demand, there's also usually supply.

Indeed, there have been several projects over the years that have aimed to do exactly that – put Android on your PC – but only the most robust and dedicated teams made it through. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps of installing Android 4.4 KitKat on your Windows XP/Vista/7/8 PC, complete with Google's Play Store, in what we think is an easy-to-follow manner. This means that the guide is suitable for absolutely anyone who knows how to use a computer mouse, a keyboard, and a browser. Advanced users will power through the slides we've compiled for you below in a matter of just a few minutes, so don't at all be discouraged by the number of steps – there are only that many in order to ensure that even the most basic computer users can get this on and working.

Let's get this started!

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posted on 28 Nov 2014, 05:43 7

1. Wiencon (Posts: 1718; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


It would be stupid to choose Android over full sized Windows...

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:01 16

3. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1293; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


This is just for curious tech dudes.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 10:10

24. GoBears (Posts: 448; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


This is freaking awesome. I just installed it on my MAME arcade and it's great! It's a little funky trying to play with a trackball though but I highly recommend it. Tons of free fun!

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:22 6

9. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


I just replace my Mom 10 year old Windows XP notebook with an Android 21.5 AIO.

She loved it. Now she can make her internet searches with her voice. Its quite hard to teach her to type in Mandarin.

Its also very cheap for me. $250

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 08:47 7

21. Dastrix (unregistered)


It may be cheapo, but it still looks like garbage compared to full-fledged Windows.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 00:25 1

37. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Well look like a have a hate group brewing. Lol!

They even give nasty comment on my mom gift. For your information I did give her a Windows 8.1 hp split x2 but she find it hard to use that why I have to buy another Android AIO.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 11:28 2

28. elitewolverine (Posts: 5016; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Why would you wish that on anyone? I just looked at those specs.

I know what you mean by 'cheap' pc though and for her it works great. So i cannot say to much.

However, if i was shopping for my mother, which i do every year to keep her up to date, she usually gets better hardware than me at times, as a result of me not wanting to short change her. I would have opted for a much more robust pc for just a little more.

You stuck her with this...
http://goo.gl/aBD8i6

When she could be rocking this..
http://goo.gl/zOHu2e

But i fully understand she probably doesnt need much, but still android 4.0?

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 06:19 1

39. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You are right. Good guess. The Android AIO also have 3 video inputs, HDMI, VGA and MHL. Acer also kind enough to throw in all three cables and so the AIO can double up as a touch screen monitor.

The MHL port can also charge smartphone while doing screen mirroring.

Her need is to search for mandarin news especially financial news and play stocks and shares. Google voice search perfect fit.

Its very good value in my book.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 06:38

41. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


This is the model I buy for her come with tegra 3, 1 GB ram 16GB storage 2 video inputs to double up as touch screen monitor. VGA or HDMI/MHL

http://www.pcworld.com/product/1428358/acer-da222hql-tablet.html

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 01:27 3

38. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 798; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


You don't lose the functionality of windows. Read the article. You get the added functionality of android. It's great for testing android apps before installing on our mobile devices..

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 07:47 2

42. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 323; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


its almost as if nobody reads anymore lol plus bluestacks has been out for years if you (on this site) dont know about it your either living under a rock or an iPhoner.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 05:52 4

2. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Beauty of Android: demands are there, supply comes, noone makes money.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:05 4

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1293; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


So your saying anyone who produce android powered devices doesn't make a penny from it? All those OEMs? Especially Samsung , LG, Sony?? They are selling android powered phones & tablets in a loss??? May be HTC. Even google makes profit from play store.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 08:18 1

19. JunitoNH (Posts: 1586; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Yeah, but remember Google makes more money from iOS, focus.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 09:44 1

23. UglyFrank (Posts: 1547; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


That was true around the time the S3 had just came out but probably not anymore

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:08 1

5. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1293; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


It is curious, none make money from android but there are hundreds of OEMs(including Chinese OEMs) selling wide varieties of phones with "ZERO" profit.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:15 3

7. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Just a troll. Samsung make the second most profit in Smartphone World Wide Sales. Third is XiaoMi

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:20

8. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Windows PCs are everywhere. Who makes money except for MS?
The same with Android: Google makes money, but noone else.
Samsung used to be the exception, but it's over now.

Google enslaved them all.

The embedded system industry is almost dead as well thanks to Android.

So much for "freedom" and "open source spirit". That crappy OS ruined the industry. And all we have now is the "big brother"

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:24 5

10. joey_sfb (Posts: 5256; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Pure Nonsense. If you like Microsoft just buy their products.

For me, its always best fit.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 07:26 1

17. Settings (Posts: 1448; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Research and manpower are used in making those OSes, theyre not just made with a few clicks. Monetizing software bring food to other people's tables. I wouldnt mind paying for Windows 7 and MS Office, they help me in my bussiness to make money. Dont be such a deeck, I earn money thru MS products.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 07:31

18. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


I am talking about industry and money.

NOT about salary and small change

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 11:55 1

29. THEGUGU (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


I don't understand your concern about this. You are pretending that every Manufacturer/Brand should also make money out of the software? What about the hardware they sell 300% above manufacturing cost? That gives them money to eat and pay their kids's schools ... for like 1000 generations. But you probably think that being billionaire is not enough these days and the mega rich must do something to ascend to ultra rich..and blah blah... Think of the mess it would had beeb if every single phone relied on a unique OS like iOS, Android, Windows, Tizen and the 1543 OS's more.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 12:16

31. ojdidit84 (Posts: 454; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


Awww... You're just really special aren't you? The silliness coming out of your mouth (fingers) right now is just downright ridiculous.

If none of these OEM's were making money from producing and selling Android phones, they wouldn't continue to make Android phones.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 13:30

34. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 7906; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


u should try to be what your name implies. idiot!

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 09:34

43. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


reported!

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:13

6. saadi (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Nov 2014)


Good :-)

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:33 6

11. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Isn't Asphalt 8 already available for free at the Windows Store?

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 11:03 1

26. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Yes, and with account sync so you can continue your progress on any a Windows device, it doesn't matter if it is a desktop, laptop, all in one, tablet or phone. The game plays even better with a Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:34

12. Sangomas (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 Nov 2014)


It works, all tho i dont like UI in there. Some apps still not working that use every day

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 13:29

33. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 139; Member since: 07 May 2014)


Try this one, This method let you run a full blown Android OS on your PC with Google Play support. I am using it for the past three months. In start the program was buggy but now its stable except for some app crashes.http://www.techpik.com/run-android-apps-on-pc-or-mac-2/

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:39 1

13. amats69 (Posts: 1365; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


ive been using this Bluestacks on my laptop since last year just for additional account on clash of clans.LOL

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:58 2

14. GeorgeDao123 (Posts: 423; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


Bluestacks also works on Mac, PA.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 07:22

15. Settings (Posts: 1448; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


Nice one.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 07:24

16. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3702; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice Chris.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 08:19 1

20. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


Android on PC? Why should I install a backdoor for hackers?

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 09:27

22. wreis (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Bluestacks is sucs need install alot os app to keep using i sugest amiDUoS.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 13:31 1

35. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 139; Member since: 07 May 2014)


except amiDuos is not free

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 10:43 4

25. sbw44 (Posts: 433; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


I just bought me a asus transformer book t100 yesterday and it is truly awesome! will never switch from W8.1 again and people saying they use Android over a full blown windows touch screen is stupid!

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 11:05

27. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Congratulations on your purchase.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 11:59 1

30. ojdidit84 (Posts: 454; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)


BlueStacks is awesome. It's not used to replace your Windows OS with Android though. It lets Android run INSIDE of Windows. I don't get where people are getting that from...

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 13:09 1

32. Pattyface (Posts: 1511; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Hmm why hasn't this site reported the news about the EU wanting Google to split up?

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 16:51

36. poi1234 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Nov 2014)


Or... just run the Android Emulator that comes with the developer tools.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 11:34 1

45. BlackhawkFlys (Posts: 139; Member since: 07 May 2014)


The best Emulator that is also free is Andy Emulator.. Try this one..http://goo.gl/jVyRWZ

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 06:21 1

40. onlineforpc (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Nov 2014)


You can try Bluestacks it is the best android emulator that allows you to run Android apps on PC view here onlineforpc.com

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 11:29 2

44. kurama. (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)


Well if someone has an extra pc at home he can try this but an idiot would replace his window with android. Pc is for big action not some child's os With millions of useless apps.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 15:29

46. LikeMyself (Posts: 433; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


No virtualization supported for me! Duck!

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 16:19

47. Manaphy200767 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Nov 2014)


i tried this to see if it was legit, it feels legit and i will call it an android emulator for windows.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 18:24 2

48. FerneyZan (Posts: 97; Member since: 21 Jul 2010)


This is nothing new. in fact, this looks more like a PAID article so that BlueStacks get more customers.. I have had BlueStacks for more than 6 months already.. and believe me, while it does work, it will eventually try to make you to download other apps or make you pay so it can be used freely nonStop. and even if you do pay, BlueStacks is SUUUUUUUPPER SLOOOW!!

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 09:54

50. rinque85 (Posts: 20; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


Agreed, installed it and about 2 days later uninstalled it. Got tired of it asking me to pay for the application and download crappy apps.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 07:50

49. noside (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Nov 2014)


What if I do those steps to have that android thingy, just wanted to ensure that I can still use my windows or lets just say that I can undo those installation.

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 15:24

51. aurelshaba (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Dec 2014)


If i install android how can i turn back to windows 8.1 or i will just install the play store?

posted on 01 Dec 2014, 22:12

52. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 323; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)


Please read the article.

posted on 24 Dec 2014, 07:31

53. obiwannn (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Nov 2014)


new apps fail to install...
lost my phone..
used this app to know that its been resetted as there are only two installed apps currently under my google account.
since i cannot get a new phone for the time being, i really need to run some android apps ASSAP..magoosh flash cards, duolingo, etc who can help pls??

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