Run KitKat on your PC

desktopOne of the problems with running newer operating systems on older PCs is they just tend to struggle under the weight. Sure, they’re designed to run in the same amount of RAM as their predecessors (at least in the case of Windows), but that doesn’t always help much.

One of the quieter and more interesting OS efforts in recent times has been the Android-x86 project. You might be having trouble getting a KitKat/Android 4.4 update for your phone or tablet, but that’s no trouble for your x86 PC.

I recently had the chance to give this release a decent workout on my old dual-core Compaq Presario notebook and I’ve written it up, along with instructions on how to install it on your own PC, in a story for APC magazine.

That story has just gone up on the APC mag website, so if you have an old PC holding up a table or shelf or attached to rope in your tinny, why not rescue it and give this a try.

Read it now on

2 comments for “Run KitKat on your PC

  1. Jeff
    September 22, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Have tried to load kitkat on my four year laptop did not load just get android name on screen at nothing happens tried for hours no luck! Followed the instructions from apc magazine and just get to this and that’s it why????

    • Darren Yates
      September 22, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Sorry, but I don’t know. As I said in the story ‘you mileage may vary’.
      That said, have you installed it to the hard drive, or you running it live from a CD/USB flash drive? Not knowing what you’ve done, I’m not sure how to respond.
      It may be that version of Android-x86 is missing drivers for your notebook – as I wrote, I used a Compaq Presario CQ42 from 2010 and it worked basically flawlessly. I changed the hard drive to a 64GB SSD so that I didn’t have to backup the hard drive, but that was all. Since I wrote that story, there is a new update available ( I’m not sure if it will help or not as I’ve not tried it, but it might be worth a look.

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