How to Install Android 4.3 Jellybean on your Windows PC

Update: How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows

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Google recently announced Android 4.4 KitKat as the latest version of the Android OS . However there is still a lot of time left for the android 4.4 update to arrive on our smartphones. In the meanwhile lets tinker around a bit with Android 4.3. Android is definitely the most popular and dominating operating system on cell phones and tablets. But even then the latest version of android 4.3 is only available on a bunch of selected high end android smartphones only.

In case you don’t have these high end android smartphones, the only way for you to experience android 4.3 would be to root your phone and install a custom android 4.3 ROM. However Android 4.3 wont run on most low end android phones and disappointingly there’s no Android 4.3 ROM’s for these phones. However Android is not just limited to smartphones, how about installing and using Android 4.3 on your desktop computer ?

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Android 4.3 jellybean running inside a virtual machine on windows 7 .

Yes, Android 4.3 can be installed and run on any computer running windows xp, windows vista , windows 7 or windows 8. This is all possible due to Android-x86 , an unofficial initiative to port Google’s Android mobile operating system to run on devices powered by Intel and AMD x86 processors. I have installed Android 4.3 on my computer and its running with all its bells and whistles. Now let me guide you through the process of installing Android 4.3 on your windows computer. Before we start lets make  a list of things that we will be needing for installing Android 4.3 on your computer.

What we need ?

Note: You might need to enable virtualization in your computers BIOS . You can enable it from your PC’s bios as shown below.

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Instructions to Install Android 4.3 on a windows computer 

That all we need and definitely a windows computer with minimum 2 GB of ram is preferred . now let me guide you through the entire process . I am going to be very precise so this guide might be very long , pardon me for that . If you want a very detailed guide then do check this video tutorial .

  • Step 1: Install and open Virtualbox .

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  • Step 2: Click on new and enter a name and the operating system details for the virtual machine . Select type as Linux and version as other and click next .

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  • Step 3: Enter the amount of ram you would like to allot for the virtual machine and click next . Android 4.3 requires at least 1Gb of ram but its not necessary .

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  • Step 4: In the next window select “ Create a virtual hard disk “ and then select VDI .

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  • Step 5: In the next window , According to your space requirement you can either select dynamically allocated or fixed size for your storage space . i selected fixed size because i want to allocate only 8Gb of storage space to android . in the next dialog box set the storage space for android according to your requirement .

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  • Step 6: Your virtual machine is now set . all you need to do is add the location of the Android 4.3 image file . Click on  the settings button in virtualbox . Under the settings navigate to storage , below the storage tree select empty and click on the disk image and select “ choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file “ and select the android 4.3 image . Check the Live CD/DVD box and click ok .

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  • Step 7: Double click on your virtual machine to start it and click OK for all the dialog boxes . Select Install Android-X86 to hard disk and click OK for all the dialog boxes .

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  • Step 8: in the next window you have to create a partition for installing Android . The new partition will not mess up anything with your windows computer . From now onwards you have to use your up , down , left and  right keys on your keyboard to Select “create/modify partitions “ and click OK .

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  • Step 9: In the next windows select new > primary and then specify the size of the new partition .

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  • Step 10: Your new partition has been created . Select write and press enter and type “yes “ and press enter again when prompted . In the next window select quit and press enter .

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  • Step 11 : In the next window select the Sda1 and press enter . select the et3 file system and press enter . When prompted to install grub loader select yes . Select now when prompted to make your system directory as read-write .
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  • Step 12: Now android 4.3 is successfully installed on your virtual machine . select Run Android 4.3 and press enter . click OK for any other dialog boxes that appear . You will now see the android loading screen .

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  • Step 13: Select your language and enter , now fill in the Gmail details and all the details that are asked .

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  • Step 14: Now We have successfully installed Android 4.3 on your windows computer .

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I have tried my best to explain the process very precisely . Download the required files and try installing android 4.3 on your windows computer and do post your comments .

In case you want to uninstall the android 4.3 virtual box, simply right click on the virtual machine and select remove. next select “delete all files” to remove Android 4.3 completely from your PC. Take a look at the screenshots attached for help.

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      • I can’t figure out step 7. After selecting “Install Android-x86 to harddisk”, it goes back to this.. Btw, Thank you so much. :)

        • Strange , it should not come back to this screen . Try creating the virtual machine again . otherwise Try selecting the ” Run Android without installation ” , it would run android 4.3 as a live OS , but it wont save any data .

          • I can’t still make it work. I tried creating another virtual machine and both tried to run android without installation and with installation but it only goes back to that screen. I’m using Windows 8.1.

          • I had the same error, but used a different .iso. Since I was using a Lenovo Thinkpad, I used “android-x86-4.0-r1-thinkpad.iso” instead of “android-x86-4.3-20130725.iso” and it worked.

          • how to stop auto rotating apps..
            i tried to search setting>display > nothing there about rotation…
            how to transfer files from computer to android device ?

          • In step 4 you mentioned create a .vdi image but u r using .vmdk
            Actually i am also having same issue so will this fix it… ???

          • Hi Bibhu, this was just a quick setup i did to show the settings to Xander. But you need to create a VDI image. did you take a look at the video demonstration?

          • help

            how to stop auto rotating apps..
            i tried to search setting>display > nothing there about rotation…
            how to transfer files from computer to android device ?

    • you can press the”Ctrl” key to toggle off the mouse button and next click inside the android 4.3 virtualbox windows . This way the mouse pointer would be usable inside the virtual box.

    • make sure you are out of the Virtualbox, go to machine klik the Disable Mouse Integration now back to virtualbox you should have your Mouse pointer now…

  1. Please help..
    When i completed the above process started the machine.And clicked on Installation -install android x86 on harddisk a cmd type came and its last line was ALSA devices list
    No souncards found .
    And it restarts ,
    can u plz tell how do i fix dis???

  2. You forgot to mention that some computers has Vanderpool or Intel Virtualization by default in the BIOS. They need to enable it first to install android OS.

  3. Thank you very much for your excellent instructions; I truly appreciate it. If on the other hand I want to uninstall it (along with the partition and whatnot) would that be a problem? Please advise.

    • To uninstall it, simply right click on the virtual machine and select remove. next select “delete all files” to remove Android 4.3 completely from your PC. Take a look at the screenshots attached for help.

      • Thank you for your instructions for both installing & uninstalling Android 4.3; you certainly make something very difficult into something very easy & doable. Let me say you are a genuinely nice helpful person; I wish there are more people like you out there. Much obliged.

  4. how to connect internet connection?? i’m using cable net…plzz reply saap and how to istall apps if net connectionm is not there??

  5. Hi Sir,
    I have successfully Installed This, but Whatsapp is not Availabt for this Version!!!
    Help me to install whatsapp! and other apps! Also ther is a Goodle play error!!!

  6. Does this work with touchscreen laptops? And does it function like a normal android tab? is root in possible? (P.S. when I say function like a normal android tab, I mean all my Apps, internet connection, Google account, etc.etc.etc.)

  7. please help i can not delete the partition on RAM. after i uninstall it also . what to do . please help.. i lost 500 mb ram size. :(

    • There is no way virtualbox will ever occupy any of your ram space. It only occupies space on your hard disk. Did you uninstall virtualbox before removing the android installation?

    • If you are connected to the internet through a wired internet connection, virtual box will automatically detect it. if it doesn’t then try installing the latest LAN drivers.

  8. after starting it it is first showing the blue screen and then when i select the last option on the blue screen after that the black screen appears… what to do? plz help me fast

  9. I have windows 8 64 bit. can i install it, because u had mentioned x86.
    as far as virtual machine is concerned it should install. but i want to confirm b4 installting it.
    thanks

  10. all important apps like whatsapp, SKype line, fringe etc showing not compatible, i installed successfully many games but not a single of them run. just blinking

  11. i have installed this, everything goes fair, but every time when i START andoird system on virtual box it intalls again and again, what to do do? plz help

  12. Hi i have install android-86x to harddisk.but not boots now in android-86x to is there any solutions for this .please help me

  13. please help …..

    I’ve already installed and installed applications youwave speech to text, but when I run the app speech to text her microphone did not connect.

    please tutorial and thank you for that please help

  14. I installed it successfully but mouse is not working. I’m using TAB but it too failed to work in many cases

    Help me
    Thanks

      • That’s great, it worked fine. when ever i start the virtual machine, it is showing me 4 options at start and i select “run android without installation” and everytime it is asking me to setup everything like Google account, language etc

        Is it normal or is their any way to setup only once
        Thanks

  15. You need to go back to virtualbox and remove check mark for live cd and remove the location of the android that was installed after you complete the installation . This will remove the continuous wanting to install android again and will give you a login screen for android

  16. I did successfully till to the step 7 and i got a window asking installation,live cd blah blah and i chose installation then i got a window as the image(i’ve attached) and stops and then restarts…so i did the same process and happened the same thing….some times it comes to step 8 but i am unable to do anything there..controls dont work and it also restarted after 2-3 mins..plz help anyone…………… (i’m not good in english)

  17. Mashita Fajri [ 시타 ]

    Can i skip step 8 until 12?
    Or can i open it if i install it on my hardware (flashdisk) , then i open it on my laptop?

    • Hi Mashita, if you need to install the virtual machine on a flash disk ( USB flash drive? ), then you will have to create a virtual drive on a USB flash drive in step 5. After that you can follow all the steps till the last one and you should be able to run android 4.3 on virtualbox.

  18. How do I access files in my hard drive from inside the android OS?

    I have a few apk’s which i would like to install, how do I do that?

  19. hello, i downloaded and installed on my pc, every thing is fine and awesome but i cant see my mouse pointer when i take it to my tablet, it surely works but it gets hidden under tab. any solution?

  20. Hi there, is it possible to cheat the location of the device?, since to the play store I am in europe and don’t let me install an app, because I’m not in USA

    • You don’t need to burn the ISO file into a DVD, simply follow the detailed instructions provided above. Also watch the YouTube video for any help.

  21. which virtual box i need to download? i m on window 8 32 bit
    VirtualBox 4.3.14 for Windows hosts x86/amd64
    VirtualBox 4.3.14 for OS X hosts x86/amd64
    VirtualBox 4.3.14 for Linux hosts
    VirtualBox 4.3.14 for Solaris hosts

  22. umm, i have some problem here, after installing process is done, and reboot
    then it say ” Fast TSC Calibration Failed” ,
    what does that mean ?

  23. Dear Lovejeet, thank you very much for a neat tutorial. It is working great! Earlier I was using Bluestacks but had many issues. Now with Virtual Box all those issues are gone! I have a request, in your instruction set please mention following :

    1. Use right control key on your keyboard to toggle mouse On/OFF.

    2. You need to go back to virtualbox and remove check mark for live cd and remove the location of the android that was installed after you complete the installation . This will remove the continuous wanting to install android again and will give you a login screen for android

    Thanks once again!

  24. Hi, please let me know if I can drag and drop files from my computer to whatsapp? Also how can I send the files from whatsapp to my computer?
    Thanks

  25. When i select intall android -x86 to hardisk it opens next window and again and again open that window to “install android -x86 to hardisk”.

  26. hi…and thanks for the guide but can you help me how i can change my display thats because i broke my laptop screen so now i am using another pc monitor….and it is just staying black,i kept it on for around 7 hours…..is there any debuging code for that so that i can switch that pc monitor as a primary monitor and could you plz help me out with this as soon as possible….,,,plzzzzz it’s urgent…thanks

  27. I did get it to work, but the app which I am doing it for (farmville 2 country escape), says it’s not compatible with my device. Which is strange, because I have tablet with Android 4.2.2 and it is working on that device. Shouldn’t it be working on 4.3 as well?

  28. Android installed through VM virtual box but one problem my PC my HDD not formats to ext3 please solve this problems

  29. Sorry does not work in either Oracle Vbox, or Vmware, no network detected and immediately asks for a wifi connection.

    I tried it in Oracle VirtualBox (current version) using NAT and Bridged, I also tried it in VMware player using the same setup, both NAT and bridged, and neither of them work.

    I even tried the Android image files 4.2 and 4.3 and neither of them work, they get as far as ‘Welcome,,,, Please wait………………….’ and that’s it no further, it’s looking for a network connection and it seems it can’t find one even though ‘Cable Connected’ is enabled, and tried on both NAT and bridged.

    Looks like it’s back to the drawing board huh?

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