In Part 1 we covered how to get your files ready for the installation of Android on your PC. But before we start installing, we should test the iso. This is a thumb rule for installing any distribution. Testing can be done on VMWare, VirtualBox or even Microsoft’s own Windows Virtual PC. If you’re more adventurous, you may even use an old PC to test the distro.
Android x86 is based on FreeBSD, so it is not Linux. But like all UNIX compliant OS, this one can also confuse you with partitioning. Lets get testing! Start any of your favorite visualization applications. Load the newly downloaded iso and then start the machine. Here you emulate a blank hard disk so there is no problem with the installation.
I am assuming that you’ve tested your distro to be working perfectly. Now lets install it on to a hard disk. Remember the USB stick we created in Part1? Your first and foremost step is to ensure that the drive has no loose connections. A halt during installation and you might brick your PC!
Installating Android on a PC Tutorial
- Insert the USB drive into the PC and reboot. In the flash screen that shows up, you have to enter the BIOS (Basic Input/ Output System). Select the USB drive to boot bypassing the Hard Disk.
- Now a screen is displayed prompting you what to do next? Select Installation and press Enter. If all things work fine, you’ll reach the next level – installation.
- Now you’ll see a table displaying your Hard Drive partitions. Select the one you want to install Android in.
- Then you’ll see a partition editor dialog. The project is quite friendly as it can co-exist with other files and OS on a partition. If you want an entire partition to be dedicated to Android, you may create and format one. Creation of partitions should be done by an advanced user only. If you want Android to co-exist, select ‘Do Not Format’.
- Next is the dialog box asking if you want to install GRUB. Select ‘Yes’. If you have any other OS on the system, GRUB will ask you whether you want it on boot list or not. Definitely select ‘Yes’ in that case.
- If everything works in your favor, you should see a progress bar denoting the installation. Let it fill up and have a cup of coffee!
- Next is some kind of image the OS wants to create. I couldn’t figure out what for, but select ‘Yes’.
- Yippee! You have successfully installed Android on your system! Reboot, change boot order and test!
Now the only thing that is left is customizing the OS to our needs. We’ll cover that in Part 3!