How to run Windows 95, 98, XP and Linux on your Android device

How to run Windows 95, 98, XP and Linux on your Android deviceModern smartphones are extremely powerful, sporting such impressive specs as GHz-CPUs and 1 GB of RAM. They're certainly faster than PCs of the last century, and thus are fully able to run some Windows and Linux versions just fine. However, there's a big architectural difference: desktop PCs are based on x86, while smartphones mostly run on ARM chips. This distinction may gradually fade away as Windows 8 will also be compatible with ARM, and Intel, the premier x86-CPU maker, has announced some smartphone partnerships at CES this year. For now, however, it's still a barrier that needs to be passed before you can run a traditional desktop OS on, say, an Android device.

But, you guessed it, there are some Android applications out there that emulate an x86-environment, basically a virtual PC that can run older versions of Windows.

Of course, setting up something like this isn't so trivial, but some people over at the xda-developers forum have written a little guide which provides all the necessary downloads as well – including some free Linux images that can be used directly.

Since Windows, even those old Windows 95 and 98 versions, is still a commercial product, you're on your own to supply a legal .iso or .img file to use on your Android device. After setting everything up, booting into the desktop system is as easy launching an app... and waiting for it to boot.

It might be worth to keep in mind that you won't be able to make phone calls, send SMS, or anything like that, before hitting up the the thread on xda-developers. [via, image credit: Engadget]

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 1, 2012 at 20:37

Ha... wouldn't mind Ubuntu 10.10 on a Samsung Galaxy Note - provided the S-Pen would work ;)

Treab  Feb. 1, 2012 at 22:30

windows 85... hmm sounds interesting... when was that released????

jmarcelino  Feb. 1, 2012 at 22:37

Only now?

You've been able to emulate a x86 PC on the browser and run Linux (works on iOS, not sure about Android but can't see why not)

Also played with Win95 on the iPad using iDOS.. Eg see

equ  Feb. 1, 2012 at 23:52

Re Treab:
Mobile phone emulation of desktop operating systems is mainly held back by the massive bloat in the desktop operating systems.
You need 512Mb to run a fully patched Win98 and a full 1Gb to run a fully patched XP well. This is the ram inside the virtual machine, the phone OS has to run outside this space so you only resently have phones with enouth ram to run Win98.
Im sure if there was a pressing need for WinXP to be emulated on a phone some phone company would be happy to load 4Gb of ram into a phone lol :-)

Otherwise wait 1~2 years lol

Treab  Feb. 2, 2012 at 00:03

Huh why was that at me.. i was mocking the idea of windows 85 which was windows 1 or 1.01 which was released in November 1985

equ  Feb. 2, 2012 at 00:19

lol. Its late I read it at Why 95 lol

Treab  Feb. 2, 2012 at 01:25

lol. Its late I read it at Why 95 lol

you may have that excuse liwen on the other hand doesnt ;)

OFI  Feb. 2, 2012 at 09:08

I ran Windows 95 a little short of two years ago on my Desire. Possibly got that from xda too, think it used a different method to this though.

MOD EDIT: Sorry, I can't let you condone piracy. Windows 95 is a copyrighted product and to have it installed on any phone you need your own, legal, purchased, ISO.

USER EDIT: Wow that still holds any merit when something hasn't been made or sold for the past 15 years...

Livven  Feb. 2, 2012 at 10:43

Oops, sorry guys. These sorts of mistakes you never notice yourself... it's fixed now.

Treab  Feb. 2, 2012 at 11:27

*strokes a white cat*

We don't tolerate mistakes here Mr liwen this won't be forgotten


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