Install Android 4.4 on Windows Computer Using Virtualbox

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The Android Kitkat firmware or the 4.4 version has been released a couple of months ago. However, not all devices can receive this update, where only selected models and brand can use the said Android firmware version. Although that there are some ROM developers who created 4.4 (Kitkat) to non-supported devices, but it came with tons of bugs on their smart phones and ending up reinstalling the original firmware that they have on the phone.

If you own an Android device that is not supported by the said version of Android, then this is the time to taste the latest update of Kitkat. Although this will not be installed on your Android device as it will be installed on your Windows computer to experience the said firmware and to judge it by yourself. This article is a simple walk-through on how you can install the 4.4 firmware using an oracle virtual box that you need to install on your computer.


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    You need to download the Oracle Virualbox on your computer and install it on your Windows PC
    It is best that you install it on your Windows XP, Vista or the Windows 7 or Windows 8.
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    After you install the VirtualBox on your computer, you need to download another software
    This will be the Kitkat firmware, you can download it from this Link
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    Once you have downloaded the Oracle and the Firmware
    Run the Virtual box on your computer then click on the New button located on the upper left side of the user interface. This will ask you to create a name of your Virtual Machine and create your own name for it. Then select the size of the memory and its suggested is just only 256 MB or you can set your own size.
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    In the next step, you will be asked to create your own "Virtual Hard drive"
    You need to select the "Create Virtual hard drive now" which it recommends to make an 8 GB and click next to proceed.
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    On the next screen, it will ask you to create a Virtual Hard Drive
    Select the VDI or the "Virtual Disk Image" and hit next to proceed and click on the "Fixed Size" and after you click on next, it will ask you to set a storage space for the VDI and click to create once you set your preferred storage size.
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    Once you are done setting those, you will be back to the main utility screen where you will be able to see the Android 4.4
    What you need to do next is to right click it and click on start or click the Android and click the Start right next to the Settings button. There will be a prompt on your computer screen where you need to select the Android 4.4 ISO image, the one that you have downloaded earlier.
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    Once you open the ISO, select the option for Install Android -X86 to hard disk then the Create / modify partitions
    After you select create partitions, select on new to create.
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    Now, select on the Primary and leave everything what you see as it is and Press enter to proceed and select the "Write".
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    You need to select now on Yes then press on enter and select the Quit then press enter again
    After following the steps above, you will then ask to create a partition which you need to select the "Sda1 Linux partition" then OK. Then select ext3 filesystem, then yes to format the Sda1 to ext3 file system for your virtual Android.
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    Select the Yes when you see a prompt from the "Grub bootloader" to be installed
    Select on Yes after then reboot.
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    After the reboot, this is the most important steps that you need to pay attention
    Click the "Devices" tab and click on "CD/DVD Devices" then select the Android ISO image file.
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    Now, you need to go to Machine then the Close and select Power off
    This will not turn off the computer but the virtual loader you have from the Virtualbox only, then you need to right click the Android from the list again and click on Start.
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    Once you start it back, you should be able to see this option " Android-x86 4.4-RC1" on screen
    Select it and press on enter. You should see there a booting process from the VirtualBox on screen and if in case that you cannot use you mouse upon using the Virtualbox, you need to go to Machine Tab and disable moue integration and select on virtual machine.
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And congratulations as you have now your 4.4 Kitkat Android version that has been installed on your Windows PC.

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Questions and Answers

I want to successfully install the Android operating system in the virtual box on my Dell PC. How can I do so?

When I get to the stage that asks me to select the Android ISO image and then press start, there is no Android ISO image to select in order to start running the Android 4.4.4 operating system. How can I create the Android ISO

Download your preferred ISO file at For example, for 4.4.4, find and click "View" under "android-x86-4.4-r4.ISO". Then, install the Android OS to Virtual Box and select the ISO image file in the folder to where you've downloaded it.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


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