Android-IA 4.2.2: Dual Boot Android & Windows 8 on x86 Intel Devices

You may soon be able to install Android Jelly Bean on Surface Pro tablets. Intel has released Android-IA (Android on Intel Architecture) that will let you dual boot Android and Windows on x86 based systems including tablets and laptops. The developers have been working on it for past few months and have finally made a release available for download that you can install and test. It’s still in very early stages though, a “developer preview release of alpha quality”.


Here are some of the new features in this release:

What’s New in Android-4.2.2_r1-ia0

    * UEFI Boot (legacy BIOS booting no longer supported)
* Android 4.2.2
* Linux 3.8.0 kernel
* Interactive Installer / Win8 Dual-Boot
* Gummiboot boot loader (SYSLINUX no longer supported)
* Mesa rebased onto freedesktop upstream
* Signed kernel modules
* Unified Installer for all platforms except Samsung xe700t

Known Issues:

* Bluetooth not working

* System may be buggy and not highly optimized as it is a pre-alpha release

How to Install Android-IA on x86 Windows 8 Tablets


  • A USB pen drive 1GB or above
  • A laptop running Windows, Mac or Linux.
  • A supported device. Currently, following devices are supported:
    • Acer Iconia W700
    • Lenovo X220T
    • Lenovo X230T
    • Samsung XE700T
  • UEFI Boot Support should be enabled in the BIOS.

Before you Begin:

Backup your important data as it will be lost during the process. All data will be erased, becoming irrecoverable.

Step 1: Download Android-4.2.2_r1-ia0:

Step 2: Prepare USB pen drive for installation:

Windows users:

  • Extract the installer image from the downloaded zip file
  • Download “Image Writer” application from https://launchpad.net/win32-image-writer/ and extract it to a folder of your chioce.
  • Insert your USB drive into your computer.
  • Find the drive letter of your USB drive by opening ‘My Computer’ on the desktop.
  • Run Win32DiskImager.exe from Image Writer’s directory.
  • In Image Writer’s window, select the installer.img you extracted from the downloaded zip
  • In Image Writer’s window, select your thumb drive’s letter that you found in ‘My Computer’
  • Click “Write” and wait until the process is over.

Mac users:

  • Extract the installer image from the downloaded zip file
  • Open the Terminal (under Utilities)
  • Execute `diskutil list‘ to get the current list of devices
  • Insert your USB drive into your computer.
  • Execute `diskutil list‘ again and determine the device node assigned to your flash media (e.g. /dev/diskN)
  • Execute `diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN
  • Execute `sudo dd if=live.img of=/dev/diskN bs=1m
  • Execute `diskutil eject /dev/diskN‘ and remove your flash media when the command completes.

Linux users:

  • Unzip the downloaded file: `unzip your_installer_file.zip
  • Insert the USB thumb drive into your machine
  • Open your terminal application and find the device name of the thumb drive. Run `dmesg‘ and look near the end for a name like “/dev/sdX” where X is a letter.
  • Unmount any partitions that were automatically mounted: `sudo umount /dev/sdX*‘ (Where X is the letter from above)
  • Write the live.img file from the extracted zip to the USB flash: `sudo dd if=live.img of=/dev/sdX bs=1M conv=fsync‘ (Where X is the letter from above)

Step 3: Reboot your device now and change the settings to make it boot from the USB drive.

Step 4:  When it boots, select “Install Android to hard disk” option from boot menu.

This will begin the process to install Android on your x86 tablet. Wait till it completes. When installation is complete, power off your device.

Step 5: Now unplug the USB drive and power on your device. Then select “Boot Android system” option to boot in Android-IA OS.

That’s it! You will now be able to dual boot Android & Windows 8 / 7 on your device. For more information about the project, head over to official page.


Rashid Saeed

I blog about the hottest and latest news updates and trends in the smartphone industry - in particular, the Android platform.

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  1. Why is this article entitled “Dual Boot Android & Windows 8 on x86 Intel Devices” when the very last line of the article (and the absolutely most important piece of information someone needs to know before they attempt this) is ” You will not be able to dual boot Android & Windows 8 / 7 on your device.”?
    Talk about a MASSIVE bait and switch.

    1. AndroidIA Hi. The “not” in the last line was a typo, it should have been “now”. The typo has now been corrected. Apologies for inconvenience and thank you for pointing out the mistake.

  2. Rashid Please help me install Win 8 Pro  on Ramos W32,  an intel X86 ( Intel Z2460) based Android tablet

    I dont need dual boot  necessarily, I just want Android to be replaced by Win 8 pro
    plz help !   mail me urgetly at atul292@gmail.com

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