[Guide] Android 4.4 KitKat on PC with VirtualBox on Windows 8.1, 8 & Windows 7 Computer

If you wish to install the Android 4.4 (Up to 4.4.4) version KitKat on your Windows 8.1 or 7 PC, here is the simple guide. It can’t be installed like normal Windows native program, but it can be done with free desktop virtualization software Oracle VirtualBox. There are few methods available on internet to  install Android OS 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 and upgrade it to 4.4.4 on Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 PC as another virtual Operating System on Oracle VirtualBox and it doesn’t require any hacking or system changing steps on physical computer. 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 this release.

This demonstration has been done with current Android 4.4.4 on my Windows 8.1 PC, so it will work perfectly on Windows 8 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. Of course, you can use this method on Windows XP and Vista computers too as long as you have working VirtualBox.

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 4.4.4 on Windows PC with VirtualBox.

Here is the home screen.


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.

If you wish to play and install Android Apps and games without using this method, always you can try with Android emulators. This guide shows how to install famous Bluestacks on Windows 8.1 and install WhatsApp on PC by Android emulator.


    • says

      You goes kernel panic ?
      if so is the vitualización the BIOS is disabled, enable it and can install it correctly. to get to the BIOS will usually puts you at boot-up which is a FX where X is the number of 1 to 12 , once you enter will have to look Virtualitation Technology or something and repeat once more the first 5 steps you’ll have ^ ^ me too I spend xD

      The first count was not xD I’m in Spanish Spanish

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