[Guide] Android 4.4 KitKat on PC with VirtualBox on Windows 8 and Windows 7 computer

If you wish to install latest version of Android 4.4 KitKat on your Windows 8 or 7 PC, here is the simple guide. It is easy with free desktop virtualization software Oracle VirtualBox. There are few methods available with earlier Android versions to install directly on normal PC hardware but these methods are slightly complicated and not recommended for all computer users.

By following below method you can install Android 4.4 KitKat on PC as another virtual Operating System and it doesn’t require any hacking steps. This could be an ideal way to see the new features, interface change, new dialer and others in KitKat on your PC even if your mobile device doesn’t support the latest release.

This demonstration has been done with current Android 4.4.2 on Windows 8, so will work perfectly on Windows 8.1 and 7. Even though official release from Google is not available for X86 and x64 PC hardware yet, we can use another package from famous Android-x86 project team.

Installation Steps of Android 4.4 KitKat on PC

1) Download android-x86-4.4-RC1.iso from project site here.

2) Make sure you have the latest VirtualBox  and updated extension pack.

3) Create a new virtual machine, OS type is Linux and version is Linux 2.6 as shown below.

Better to have enough RAM, I configured 1024 MB.

new virtual machine

Configure the virtual VDI hard disk in next screen.

4) Attach the downloaded Android 4.4 ISO to virtual machine’s CD/DVD drive.

attach iso

5) Other installation steps are very similar to our earlier guide about Jelly bean on PC, follow the steps from Step 5 to Step 10 from previous guide.

6) Once the KitKat Android has been successfully installed on the Windows PC, remove the ISO from CD/DVD drive of virtual machine and restart the VM.

That should take you to initial configuration screens.

7) You must disable the mouse integration on virtual machine, so the proper cursor will appear inside KitKat virtual machine to use easily.

To release the mouse pointer (cursor) back to host Windows computer, simply press right ‘Ctrl’ key on keyboard.

disable mouse intergration

8.) After the initial configuration, you can experience the Android 4.4.2 on Windows PC with VirtualBox.

Here is the home screen.

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About system, under settings ( it takes as tablet)

system settings

Another proof, honestly the graphics performance is not bad at all. Its really fun to run the latest phone/tablet Android OS on your Windows computer.

Running KitKat on VirtualBox

I’m sure this would be a good way to experience the latest Android OS on your PC, share your experience.

Comments

  1. says

    Great guide, Dinesh. I’ve been using ICS on my Windows 7 PC for long, now it’s time to try out KitKat on my new Windows 8 laptop. Thanks a lot for sharing this useful tutorial :)

    • Michael Heathman says

      ISO files can just be deleted. To uninstall the install of the Android, go into Oracle VirtualBox, delete the VM you created, tell it to “remove files”, then delete the iso file, then uninstall Oracle VirtualBox from the uninstall programs in the control panel.

      As simple as that.

    • Michael Heathman says

      Virtual Box was never intended to push input devices such as microphones to the VM. You might be able to do it under sound options in the VM, but I’m unsure and I doubt it.

  2. prem says

    after selecting install android x86 to hard disc, it is showing rebooting in 60 sec and and this operation repeting and stop here only, I am tying this on windows 8 for install android 4.4 kitkat.

  3. shatrughan says

    i have windows 7 on my laptop, i install virtual box but when i try to install kitkat 4.4.2, step no. 1 to step no. 5 got correctlly but after selecting install android x86 to hard disc, it is showing rebooting in 60 sec and and this operation repeting and stop here only

  4. lethal21 says

    how to configure wifi in vm of android? i is there any way to accept bridge networking. i mean i wants to see all d available networks on list. i’m not getting internet connectivity on my android vm :/

  5. ?om says

    I had installed KitKat on my 64 bit Toshiba Laptop, and I had it running. I then tried to shutdown the OS, but couid not find an option to do so. I had to hit the power off button to get out. That was a mistake! The Master Boot Record was overwritten, and it it took some time to get that problem resolved! Did I miss something? What is the correct way to shutdown Kit Kat on the PC. BTW, i did not use Virtual Box, but had manually installed the OS from ISO file on my DVD.

    Thanks for any suggestions

  6. KDS says

    thanks a lot for great help
    now Kitkat is running fine in VirtualBox, There’s also VBoxGuestAdditions.iso in CD/DVD Devices under DEVICES menu but nothing happens when i click ‘Insert Guest Additions CD image.
    Is it possible to install GuestAdditions in Kitkat?

    Thanks for help

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