Virtualization and Dual Booting for Running Windows on android

Before we go any further, we would like to let you know that, this article is not a tutorial on installing Windows on your Android device.

With this article, the writer would like to explore the area of dual-booting and virtualization that has not been explored enough and point out to the advantages and pitfalls of this process.



A simple Google search would come up with multiple ways to install Windows on android, and since the writer has not explored any of them, it’s safe to say that the possibilities are endless.

Either all the methods you would come across when you make a Google search could work, or all of them could be complete and utter duds. On the other hand, some of the ways to install Windows on android that you find on the internet could work while some simply wouldn’t. It’s impossible to present any definitive answer without exploring the options.

Dual Booting and Virtualization

While we will not go into the nitty gritties of installing Windows on android, we are quite sure that if this process is possible, it will require some form of dual booting or OS virtualization; so let us explore dual booting and virtualization.

OS Virtualization

In simple layman’s terms, OS virtualization is the act of simulating a different operating system on the foundation of your host or primary operating system.

So, if you are exploring ways to install windows on an Android device using virtualization, you will be primarily attempting to have your host operating system accommodate your desired operating system in such a way that you can utilize both operating systems simultaneously.



Dual Booting

The phrase dual booting should effectively give away the hardware related nature of what it is. However, we will explain anyway. The process of dual booting requires installing two operating systems on the same hard drive or the equivalent of the hard drive on the phone.

With dual booting, you need to reboot your device to use either or OS at a time as per your requirement. Dual booting is the older way of working two operating systems on one device and is not used as much nowadays.

Dual Booting is Primarily Disadvantageous

When you consider installing Windows on android, the primary reason would be to get a task done that you are unable to do on your Android device.

That would be the main advantages of having two operating systems on one device for you, however, let’s look into the disadvantages of taking such a step.

With dual booting, the primary problem lies in having to reboot your device to switch operating systems. This can be a real bother for many people, which is perhaps why dual booting is slowly becoming unheard of.



Virtualization can be a Winning Strategy

In comparison to dual booting, virtualization has more pros than cons, which is why it is widely used today.

Virtualization has no effect on your hardware as it rides on the back of your host software hence if you are looking to install windows on an Android device, it’s best to use the OS simulation or virtualization option.

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