How to Install Android (8.1 Oreo) on VirtualBox with Pre Installed VDI Disk – Windows 10 Host

There are few Android emulators available on the Internet to test and get the Android experience. Those are emulators, not the real Android OS like on the phone or tablet. With the modification and patch hosting, you can install and use the Android on Windows or Mac computer with the VirtualBox. It is called Android-x86. Let me show how to install the latest Android 8.1 Oreo on VirtualBox with the pre-installed image. That means you do not need to prepare and install the OS. It is already installed and prepared for the VirtualBox platform.

We can simply download, extract and import it into VirtualBox as a virtual machine. You can’t expect the same performance and user experience as an Android device inside the Virtual machine, but it is still okay to test the Android OS on PC and the apps if you do not have any Android device or can’t have the latest 8.1 version.

Simple Steps to Install Android 8.1 Oreo on VirtualBox as Pre Installed VDI Disk

Make sure you have the latest version of VirtualBox.

1) Download the latest Android Pre Installed VDI for VirtualBox here.
As of now, the Android 8.1 Oreo is the latest Android-x86 version you can download from this website.

Select the VirtualBox and 32 or 64-bit version. If your Windows 10 or 8.1 is 64bit version OS, then you can have both 64bit or 32bit. Remember which version you are downloading, because we need to set up the virtual machine accordingly. I used the 64bit version.

Pre Installed Android Oreo For Virtualbox


2) Extract the files, you will be needing an unzipping program like 7zip or WinRAR for this.

Extract File

3) Create new Virtual machine with following configuration in Oracle VirtualBox

OS Type – Linux
Version – Other Linux/Linux 2.6/Oracle – Make sure to select the correct bit version either 32 or 64 based on the file you downloaded earlier.
Memory – 512MB or more – I configured 2GB
Video Memory: 12MB or more
ACPI: enabled
IO APCI: enabled
PAE/NX: Enabled

New VM

3) While setting up the hard disk of the virtual machine, select the existing disk option and browse the extracted VDI file of the pre-installed Android 8.1 version.

Hard Disk Of VM

See Also

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4) That’s it, simple and easy. Start the Android virtual machine now. You will be excited to see this OS in larger screen than any smartphone.

Boot with the default option. You will land on the Android Oreo version homepage after a few seconds.

Android On VirtualBox

You might get stuck with the mouse movements inside the VM and releasing it to host Windows machine. For better mouse integration, disable (untick) the mouse integration of the VM as shown below.

Mouse Intergration

Once it is disabled, you will notice the mouse improvements inside the Android virtual machine, but it will not automatically release to host OS when you move the mouse outside the virtual machine. In this case, you need to manually release the mouse from guest VM to host computer, by pressing the Right Ctrl key – you can see that option at the right bottom of the VM console.

Right Control Ket

Network and the Internet work fine inside the VM, that will allow you to connect the Play store and install the apps.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

6 thoughts on “How to Install Android (8.1 Oreo) on VirtualBox with Pre Installed VDI Disk – Windows 10 Host”

  1. I was able to get this working and the networking is also functioning. The only thing is that it doesn’t have the Google Market app. Otherwise, it is a fully functioning Android VM. Thanks!

    • High!

      Interesting… I have had much trouble getting network out of the VM with many operating systems (host always 64bit Linux), but it works with NAT…

      With this Android tablet, however, NAT is not working. Any idea? How did you manage it to work?


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