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

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!



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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

3. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is just for curious tech dudes.

24. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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!

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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

21. Dastrix unregistered

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

37. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

28. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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... When she could be rocking this.. But i fully understand she probably doesnt need much, but still android 4.0?

39. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

41. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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

38. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 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..

42. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 613; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

2. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

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

4. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

19. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

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

23. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

8. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 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"

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Pure Nonsense. If you like Microsoft just buy their products. For me, its always best fit.

17. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

18. Bertelgeus

Posts: 126; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I am talking about industry and money. NOT about salary and small change


Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 25, 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.

31. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 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.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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

43. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013


6. saadi

Posts: 11; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

Good :-)

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

26. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

12. Sangomas

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 28, 2014

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

33. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 927; Member since: May 07, 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.

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