The popularity of the Android operating system for mobile touch devices is due to its rich functionality, and the number of fans of this OS is several times higher than the number of fans of other firmware. As for tablets, they work on various platforms, including Android and Windows, some of the devices support two or even three operating systems, giving the right to choose the launch of a particular system. Which one of them is preferred is the question of the user's taste. It often happens that the owners of the devices are not satisfied with the operating system preinstalled by the manufacturer, and some users seriously think about redrawing the management of their tablet resources. At the same time, in an effort to equip the device with another OS, you should not forget about the possible lack of adaptability of hardware for a specific platform. If you care about installing Android on a tablet with Windows 7, 8, 10, then there are several ways to resolve the issue. Here, first of all, it all depends on the purpose for which the task is required, so it may not be worthwhile to complicate your life by reinstalling the operating system and simply use the Android emulator without affecting the platform provided by the manufacturer and with the ability to disable emulation at any time. In the case when you, at the behest of your heart, decided to install a full-fledged version of Android, here you will have to tinker a lot.
Nuances of installing Android on a tablet with Windows.IMPORTANT. Reinstalling the OS not only makes it impossible to use the device warranty, but also in inept hands creates high risks of turning the device into a “brick”, so if you don’t really need to install another OS, it’s better not to try your luck without the necessary knowledge in this area.
Simulating an OS using an emulator program is a more rational choice if the goal is to use Android applications. So, you can run the software you need without having to change the system. You can install the Android OS on the tablets in addition to Windows, before this you need to check, perhaps, the device is already with Dual Boot, where there is one and the other OSes. There is a completely risky option, involving the complete demolition of Windows and the installation of the OS you need on the device. But such risks can rarely be justified.
It is important to understand that the firmware you have installed may not work properly, that is, some functions may simply be missing. In addition, you cannot get the Dual Boot system on every device; on Intel x86 processors, the procedure is very successful, so if you set out to move to decisive actions, you need to find out whether Android supports hardware. When you have decided on the choice of how to start Android, replace the axis or add with the ability to switch between operating systems, you can get down to business. The whole process consists of several stages and begins with preparation. It is necessary to prepare a tablet and a bootable USB flash drive before installing the system. A bootable USB flash drive must be written using Rufus, WinImage, UNetbootin or LiLi. UltraISO is not recommended for this purpose, since the flash drive may not boot on the device.
So, the work will require the following tools:
- required version of Android x86;
- Rufus for recording flash drives (download programs from an official source);
- GParted to work with partitions (bootable flash drive);
- USB hub;
- USB mouse, keyboard;
- Usb flash drive
Creating an installation flash drive with Android OS
We select the necessary assembly of an OS which we download from a checked resource. Unpack the archive with the installation of Android, then begin the procedure for recording a bootable flash drive:
- Run Rufus;
- choose a GPT partition scheme for computers with a UEFI interface;
- file system type - FAT32;
- click the image selection button and specify the path to the ISO GParted file, after which a new volume label will be determined;
- press the "Start" button;
- We confirm the action in a new window and wait for the end of the recording on the USB flash drive.
Remember that incorrect actions can lead to undesirable consequences and pre-save important information from the device to any carrier. To implement Android on a tablet running Windows, you need to prepare system settings by disabling Secure Boot (a UEFI feature that prevents unauthorized OSes from starting when the device is started running on Windows 8, 10). This is done in the settings by deactivating the option “Recovery” (“Recovery”) in the tab “Update and recovery” (“Update and recovery”). Here you need to reboot the device, execute it. The next step is to enter the BIOS mode by selecting “Troubleshoot” - “Advanced Options” - “UEFI Firmware Setting”. Here in the item “Security” we put “Supervisor Password”, go to “Boot” - “Boot Security” and set “Disabled” to reset the password, then turn off the tablet.
Ways to implement the Android platform on a tablet with Windows
Having defined the goals, choose the installation method of the operating system. Consider how to install Android on a tablet with Windows in 10 different ways. Among all the methods of obtaining the desired the easiest and safest will be the first one - emulation of the operating system. Starting Android is not difficult with the help of special software. So, using this simple method, you can enjoy the benefits of the Android environment without the risk of turning a tablet (or other device) into a brick. No preliminary work will be required.
Everything is very simple here, and even an inexperienced user is able to cope with the task. To safely install Android on Windows 10, 8, 7, you need to use software that simulates the Android firmware environment. We recommend BlueStacks for this purpose, this utility is free, has a Russian interface and a lot of other advantages, which is why it is quite popular. You can download the emulator from the official resource, the installation takes place in a standard way and does not require any special knowledge from the user. You just need to click the Next button when launching the installation wizard and Install. The procedure of the first launch of the system involves the choice of language and data entry - to use Android, you need to have a Google account (if you don’t have one, then you will have to create an account, otherwise you will not be able to work with the app store and other services). After installing and configuring BlueStacks, you can use the features of the Android operating system.
Installing Android as a second OS
The tablet battery must be fully charged, and while it is disconnected, you must connect a USB hub to the device port. We also connect the keyboard. After these manipulations turn on the tablet, holding down the F12 key. The resulting menu will provide the ability to select a bootable USB flash drive, select it and install Android, following the prompts. During the installation, there will be requests that define the OS settings, the user only needs to put the value “Yes” everywhere (Y). The process of execution and requests differ slightly for different versions of operating systems, but it is not critical. The completion of the procedure is indicated by an inscription stating that the configuration is established, press Enter to continue. If the system has successfully become a device, you will see the OS selection menu when you start the tablet, but in some cases you have to load the Android while holding the F12 key.
Install Android instead of Windows
If you, having weighed all the risks and positive moments, came to the conclusion that you no longer need Windows at all, proceed to more decisive measures that allow you to completely demolish Windu, leaving the installed Android OS. We connect the hub and the keyboard, mouse, GParted boot flash drive to the disabled tablet, then press the Esc key several times to bring up the Bios system, where we perform the following actions:
- choose Boot Manager;
- specify the flash drive on which GParted, press Enter and boot from the drive;
- select the fourth line of the “Gparted Live Safe gfraphic setting (vga = normal)” window that opens, press Enter and wait;
- in the next window, select the “Keep kernel keymap” line, press Enter, wait;
- it will be possible to choose a language, for this we enable the Num Lock key on the keyboard (if it is not active) and enter "24" (Russian), press Enter;
- on the next query, enter "0", then Enter, wait for the loading of the graphical shell;
- Now you can see all partitions, here we find those that relate to Windows (MSR partition, primary and recovery partition). Clicking on each of them with the right mouse button, we select the option “Delete” from the context menu, delete them one by one;
- In the lower part of the window we call the context menu and activate the option “Apply all operations”, these sections will be deleted;
- after that, click on the “Data Android” section with the right button of the manipulator to open the menu and select the “Modify section” option, use the largest size value and confirm;
- In the lower part of the program window, we call the context menu again, select the "Apply all operations" option, and the section for Android will be increased.
After the above manipulations, we exit the program, turn off the tablet and disconnect the USB devices. When you turn on the device with the download of Android, you can now use more space that was previously used by Windows.
The level of user training must match the complexity of the task. Remember that the procedure is always fraught with risks, so without extreme necessity and skill, you should not use the methods of a complete installation of the system, and for most tasks an emulator is enough.