The Intel-powered Asus Zenfone 2 was hacked to run Windows 7

The Intel-powered Asus Zenfone 2 was hacked to run Windows 7
The Asus ZenFone 2 is an Intel-powered Android smartphone that, priced starting at $199, offers a lot of value. As it turns out, there's more to the Asus ZenFone 2 than its price/performance ratio, as a skilled XDA member was able to hack the handset to run Microsoft's fully-fledged Windows operating system.

Although this particular hack allows the ZenFone 2 to run Windows 7, XDA member Yua Ca Van says that the same process can be used to install Windows 8, 8.1, or even the upcoming Windows 10. The author of the hack says that Windows 7 runs almost without bugs and that the performance is close to matching native speeds. As some may have guessed, the Intel processor is the key to making all of this work, since Windows can run on virtually all Intel processors, including the Atom models that power the different versions of the ZenFone 2.

Since the hack requires a bit of work, we're not going to explain it in full detail here. The big picture is that the user has to unlock the smartphone's bootloader, flash a kernel, partition the SD card, and then run a suite of terminal commands that will end up installing Windows in a virtual machine on the ZenFone 2. For the full installation process, head over to the source link below.

As far as the real-world utility of this hack, there's little reason to get too excited. Maneuvering the full version of Windows on a smartphone will surely prove to be a difficult task. As far as smartphone mods are concerned, however, running Windows 7 on an Android smartphone is about as cool as mods go.

Here's a video that demonstrates Windows 7 running on the Asus Zenfone 2:



1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

New HD2 maybe?

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Sounds like it. That means if they can get the xaomi wp10 boot then they can install it too. I wonder if the windows 10 install will see it as a tablet only

3. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you just brought back some happy memories :)

4. gaming64 unregistered

I also had the HD2. It was a really sweet phone. Wish it comes back to me.

5. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

I have a small hope that my Htc One M8 can be the new HD2. Because of the Windows Phone edition. But no one has made a windows-android dual boot for it.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The HTC One M8 is running with an ARM processor. So you won't see any Windows 7 or x86 based OS run on any ARM. Remember this can happen on a Asus Zenfone 2 because it is using an Intel Atom processor (x86).

17. garlic456

Posts: 251; Member since: Dec 24, 2012

I know, I said Windows Phone. *By the way, I think I saw in my dream that I used windows 7 on my phone, it was really cool.

6. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think i still have one lying around somewhere. It was an awesome phone that lasted years and years. Its actually still going on XDA and probably running more up to date software than most android phones today!

10. waddup121 unregistered


7. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Guarantee was void :c

8. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015


11. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah but that doesn't mean that a dual boot Android Windows is possible as the OSes may prevent you from booting other OSes. Plus Windows 7/8 on phones are useless although Windows pro would be nice on Intel powered tablets.

16. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Not useless. Maybe not good for a daily driver but in some situations this might prove to be a useful development. Also, there will be a time when we won't need PC's anymore, or rather, our phones will be our PCs - this is a start.

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I would want win10 on it for sure.

12. MachDaddy

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

Love those black rounded folders on the home screen at the start of the vid

13. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

That's great and all, but it kind of ran a but slow from what I saw in the video. The XDA website took forever to load on Chrome and every action there was a significant delay. It's cool to show, but I'm not sure if that's usable.

14. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Eh it's running in a virtual machine, when somebody gets it running natively, then it Will be an achievement.

15. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Intel.... Windows..... Asus........ that make sense.

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