Can I run Windows on an Android tablet like the Motorola Xoom?


I need to buy a few dozen tablets for running survey software which only works on Windows. Is there any way to run Windows XP or Windows 7 on an Android tablet?

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Hi becker,

I agree that it's very doubtful that you could run Windows on an Android tablet. Why not check out some actual Windows tablet instead? Here's an article that covers some of the tablets that exist that run Windows, I think you will find it helpful.

The Best Windows 7 Tablets at CES 2011,2817,2375572,00.asp

"Scores of tablets were announced and demoed at CES 2011, and while most of them were Android-based, a good chunk ran on Windows 7 and an Intel processor. And why shouldn't there be a bunch of those floating around, what with Google screwing over every other tablet maker by delaying its Honeycomb Android OS? Almost every Android tablet ran on a 2.2 build that was buggy and clearly unfinished. Even the Motorola Zoom, which had an early version of Honeycomb running, demoed the user experience via a video because it didn't want anyone touching the unit. Interestingly enough, the closest thing to a finished tablet at CES 2011 was one that ran on a full-blown version of Windows 7. Though I wouldn't call them all winners, there were several that stood out from the crowd."

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I'm not sure you can run Windows on an Android tablet because Windows uses Intel and AMD processors, and Android runs on ARM processors. You might actually do better to deploy netbooks so people can type their answers to the survey.

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You cannot install a windows operating system such as me/2000/xp/vista(lol)/7 onto a mobile device because they mobile devices generally use something called an ARM processor, these in short have a differant archetecture to that of x86 processors which windows rely on to work :). 

MrJack Mcfreder
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All the answers were dumb and irrelevant !! you can switch to windows 7 by formating your tablet using a bootable usb, if you don't know how to make a bootable usb, here's a link that provides how to steps:


Good Luck!

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Parth Brahmbhatt
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Hey Buddy,

                   I am not that sure that windows 7 will run on tablet pcs but i can run windows 3.1 and windows 9.x !! Yes, this is true you can run both this windows on any Android Mobile/Tablet !!
Just Follow My Instructions !!

First step: Android SDK

To get started, you will need to install the Android SDK. The reason being is you’ll need the program “adb” which essentially allows you in debug mode to issue commands to the phone (like installing programs) you can get and install the sdk here:

Actually getting set up with a working development environment for Android is a whole other story – you’ll need a IDE like Eclipse. But for now, all we’re concerned about is that adb program in the tools subdirectory.

Get your phone ready

Your phone will need some settings set up, go into your settings application and then “applications” you’ll see a section for development settings. You’ll want debug mode on, you’ll want the phone to stay awake on usb, and you’ll also want the setting in applications to allow installation from unknown sources. After this is all set, plug the phone in via usb, and mount it.

Getting the emulator set up

For this, we’re using DOSBOX – which is a handy emulator for many, many platforms. The android version is available here:

The instructions for installing DOSBOX are on this page. Essentially you’ll be using adb to send the .apk file to your phone. It’s simple, just navigate to the tools directory and type “adb install” followed by the name of the apk you get from the downloaded zip file.

Example, on the mac terminal: ./adb install ~/Desktop/WVGA/aDosBox.apk  (In this example I’m in the tools directory running adb and pointing to the extracted zip file on my desktop – a folder called WVGA containing aDosBox.apk

Next, we need to copy a configuration file for dosbox. Use adb followed by “push” and the name of the file and then the destination. For example: ./adb push ~/Desktop/WVGA/dosbox.conf /sdcard/dosbox.conf (first is adp, then push, then the source, then the destination)


You can use phone itself if you have a file manager program like ASTRO, or just use your computer – but you’ll want to make some tweaks to the dosbox.conf file. First off, give it additional memory. 8, 16mb — enough to run windows 3.1 or 9x. (Sorry I hope you weren’t expecting Windows 7 here!) Also feel free to add your own commands to the autoexec.bat section of the config file. Old skool users will remember that autoexec.bat is just a batch file that runs at startup.

Also, on the phone I made a dosbox directory organize all the x86 stuff.


Well, at this point you should have the DOSBOX application on your phone which will fire right up into DOS. You can technically but any executables and run them from the prompt. I really cheated, what I did was install the Windows environment in a virtual machine on my laptop and then, copy the windows directory onto the phone. Nothing is stopping you from copying the setup files to your phone and running setup.exe — but do you really want the pleasure of sitting through a windows installation on a cell phone? Well maybe you do, since you’ve gone this far!

Final Thoughts

Launching windows is done with the “win” command, you can add this to the configuration file under the autoexec section or just run it manually at the prompt. Enjoy!


I don't think hacking the device to run an obsolete version of Windows was what he had in mind, somehow.
Lejf Rossi
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cant you buy some windows 8 tablets and install it. you could also use a rdp/vnc system. There are lots of red/vnc clients for android.

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Why don't you get a software that was actually was created for Android - ?

Agili Ron
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Hello Friends,

Windows 8 does not support processor architecture’s based on ARM which is in your Tablet. You need an Intel or AMD x64 or x86 processor in order to evaluate the Windows 8. Microsoft has worked with partners to release devices based on ARM. Those will come preloaded with Windows RT. Motorola Xoom is an Android-based tablet computer. You will not be able to install Windows RT as it comes pre-installed with the supported devices.

Thanks and Regards,
Agili Ron

Oskars Izaks

Looks like Lumia 610 got ARM Cortex-A5 processor, GPU is the same as my android. Is it possible to get any version of Windows Phone running on android phone? CPU 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A5
Anthony Recascino
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Get A Tablet that has a Intel atom inside

Mathieu Ferland
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Hi becker, it is not directly possible to install Windows on an Android tablet. HOWEVER, it is possible to get a virtual windows cloud computer from hazeware (see with Windows 7 preinstalled and ACCESS this cloud computer from your Android tablet. You can get the Android app at

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I run an consultancy that helped many to exploit their Windows XP app while using an Android Tablet or Phone. Are you interested in my solution? 

Kshitij Mohit Gupta
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Yes! Why not! But, trust me. It's gonna go EXTREMELY SLOW. Try apps like Also watch Runnning Linux/Ubuntu is a better choice. See if you could do that. Ubuntu and Linux are way wayyy faster than windows on android.

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If you are only needing to run that program, and you already have the android tablets, one option might be to look into a xenapp setup, but if this is the only reason you would ever use it, it may be a bit on the pricey side and might be better to just buy a windows device. the way Xenapp works, is, essentially the program runs on the server, and it gets streamed to your device, some programs feel a little clunky running them like this because the target device wasn't meant to run a certain program ( example, non-touch optimized app/program running on a touch screen) I do know they offer a time limited trial for you to set it up and test it and see if it would fit your needs.


So the short, fast, easy and cheaper answer would be No, Buy a windows tablet.

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