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    How to install Android on PC or on a USB stick with Prime OS. Let's say that all of us owners of an Android phone, want install this operating system on our PC. Yes, because once installed Android on Pc, we can take advantage of all the games and apps that Google makes available to us through Prime OS.


    PrimeOS is a version of Android designed to also be used on computers that use low-end hardware (but also on powerful ones, of course). It even works on 10 or 15 year old computers, as all you need is a Pentium processor.



    I state that it is not an Android clone for mobile devices (it is based on Android 7 Nougat), but it is a hybrid of Android, with a desktop PC interface.

    It's possible install Android on PC or on a USB stick with Prime OS in a double partition on your PC, or install it on a USB stick and then have a portable version to use whenever you want.


    There are three versions, which you need to choose according to the age of the PC. The classic is intended for computers marketed before 2011. The standard, between 2011 and 2014. And the 64-bit version, starting from 2014.

    Once installed, PrimeOS works like a desktop operating system. It works with a mouse and you can open all the windows allowed by the PC memory, adjust their size and whatever you want. It also has a taskbar and Start menu.

    The advantage of install Android on PC via PrimeOS is that it is not an android emulator, but a native version of Android, which is why it runs apps and games much faster.




    If you like video games, PrimeOS has its own ecosystem called Gaming Center, with a Decapro utility that automatically maps popular Android games, such as PUBG, to your keyboard and mouse.

    It also has a tool that tricks Android apps into believing they have a mobile GPU (a Mali or Adreno, for example). The truth is, being a free operating system you can  install Android on PC or on a USB stick with Prime OS su Windows, no data is lost, installation is very simple ...

    You can download PrimeOS for any computer with an x86 processor, on its official website.


    Prime OS main features

    Desktop experience

    • Multiple functions to offer a desktop experience such as start menu, taskbar, etc.
    • Multi-window support with maximize, minimize, close, resize etc.
    • Option to disable multi-window for any app in case it is needed.
    • General keyboard shortcuts like alt + tab, alt + f4, win + d etc.
    • Close to the AOSP experience with just the desktop features you need.
    • Application bar with ability to pin apps, show notifications and system icons.

    Android game

    • Decapro key mapping tool to play with keyboard and mouse (press F12).
    • Pre mapped some popular games like PUBG, Subway surf etc.
    • GPU tools are available for false gpu information for any game.

    Other


    • Open gapps included, you don't need to install them manually.
    • OTA support is available but only if installed on the EXT4 RST partition.
    • The feedback app is available for you guys to share your thoughts.
    • Kernel up-streamed per google LTS linux 4.9.x.

    Installation process using the installer (64-bit UEFI only)

    The PrimeOS installer was launched for installing PrimeOS on 64-bit UEFI systems in dual-boot mode alongside Windows.


    Download the installer and follow the steps below to install PrimeOS

    • Launch the exe program and choose the drive from which you want to create a partition for PrimeOS.
    • Enter the space in MB for the new PrimeOS partition.
    • Proceed with the installation.
    • Note: Ignore all cmd and disk manager pop-ups for formatting the new partition.
    • The system will reboot and begin the installation process.
    • After installation, you will have the boot menu for both PrimeOS and Windows.

    Manual installation process

    Guida USB / Flash Drive:

    1. For this method, you need Etcher / Rufus, PrimeOS iso file. We recommend using a good speed USB drive (8GB or higher).
    2. To flash PrimeOS to the USB drive, plug in the USB drive and launch Etcher / Rufus. Now select PrimeOS iso file, create the bootable USB.
    3. Note: Be careful with the steps below and back up your data if you are unsure of what you are doing.
    4. To install PrimeOS on HDD / SSD / SDcard, first create a new partition for PrimeOS (the minimum suggested size is 16GB).
    5. Turn off secure boot of the device and then boot PrimeOS USB by pressing esc or F12, depending on the BIOS menu key and selecting PrimeOS USB to boot from.
    6. Select the 'Install PrimeOS' option from the GRUB menu.
    7. The installer will load and an option will be available to choose the partition created earlier. Choose it and select Ext4 to format the drive.
    8. When it asks if you want to install System as R / W (read / write), select YES, otherwise the OTA functionality will stop.
    9. When asked if you want to install Grub, select YES.
    10. When done, the installer will ask if you want to run PrimeOS, just reboot here and make sure you remove the USB drive.

    If for some reason Prime OS does not work on your PC, you can anyway install an android emulator which you find here. Then if you are not aware there are also some applications to emulate iOS you find here.



    Android emulators for PC

    Remix OS Player

    Another way to get the Android experience on a big screen is to use an emulator. One of the best, and the only one running with Marshmallow, is Remix OS Player. This is a version of OS Remix mounted on a virtual machine to run directly in a Windows environment.

    You just need to download Remix OS Player, unzip it and run the RemixOSPlayer.exe file located in the folder. At first, it will ask you to set up a few things and it will take a few minutes to boot. To use the emulator window with the mouse, press Ctrl + Alt.

    On the right, you have several options and a menu where you can change the battery status, location, network signal and save screenshots. To move files from the system to the emulator just drag and drop the selected files.

    Final report: if you see this error: “x86_64 emulation Currently requires hardware acceleration! Make sure Intel HAXM is properly installed and CPU acceleration is usable.

    Unable to open HAXM device: ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND “you just need to go to Remix OS Player> RemixOSPlayer> remixemu> haxm-windows_v6_0_3 folder and run intelhaxm-android.exe file. When finished you can launch Remix OS Player and it should work.

    Other emulators and alternatives

    There is a wide variety of Android emulators for PC, but OS Remix Player is the best, as others tend to use older versions of Android like Lollipop and KitKat. The most famous emulators are BlueStacks, Andy, Droid4x and Koplayer. For Linux, you can use shashlik.

    So there is no excuse to try Android on your PC. Do you like the idea of ​​having Android on your desktop?

    [Source: PrimeOS]

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