Even if your computer is fast enough for handling a Windows product. Still, you can move your head to android based operating systems. The profit is that they eat fewer resources and works faster compared to Windows and other major OS. While it’s sensible that it doesn’t support .exe files and can’t play HD videos. But if you’re a geek, blogger or average user you can install an android based operating system on your computer, Phoenix OS is one of them. This is a guide where we’re dual booting the Phoenix OS with Windows operating system. But you can always create a bootable USB drive and run the Phoenix OS without installing anything on your computer.
Phoenix Os delivers the same. A PC customized the Android based operating system. This guide is dedicated to installing Phoenix Os on your hard drive and dual boot with Windows.
Things to keep in mind.
Phoenix Os can be run on desktops computer as well as laptops that support 32bit (x86) architecture. If you are looking for a 64 bit, one remix os is for you.
So your old computer can run android based “Phoenix Os” as well as there are other operating systems for computers. If you are looking for an Android OS that supports 64bit architecture machines get remix os as it was released on 12th Jan 2016.
Dual booting Phoenix OS using Installer
Fortunately, now it offers an installer setup to easily install on your hard disk with just a few mouse strokes.
Step 1. Get Phoenix OS installer.
Step 2. Run the exe file as admin and choose the hard disk and select space which will be used for the installation.
You have three options, and you can install it on a USB drive or a partition of your computer’s hard disk. It will run even fine when installed on a USB drive, also when not installed on the hard disk it does not interfere with your original operating system, that makes the situation very simple and you choose when to boot the original operating system or Phoenix OS.
If you choose to install on it a USB stick, after the tool finishes writing files on it, turn off your computer and when it boots select USB boot option ( the key combination is different for you) using the F9 key (HP) and select the USB drive and boot into Phoenix OS.
Now restart the computer and from the boot menu, select Phoenix os.
Dual booting Phoenix OS using ISO
Get the Phoenix OS latest ISO from the official websites. Get the Rufus Tool and copy both inside a folder on your computer.
Open Rufus tool (it’s can be directly executed no installation is required) and drag the ISO file inside the tool and make sure to select the desired USB drive and hit the Start button.
Once it finishes the process, turn off the computer and while booting press the USB boot options key, and select the USB drive and choose Phoenix OS to load the operating system on your computer directly from the U-drive.
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OLD Dual booting Phoenix OS 1.0 / Beta
Note: This older version installation is very complex according to a reader, it’s advisable to use the latest version of Phoenix OS.
Things you will need.
Phoenix OS ISO file. 637MB (skip if you already have). A new version is 1.2.x beta and size is 600+ MB.
Update if you are using the newer version of Phoenix OS i.e. Installer version. you can scroll and find the new ‘procedure 2’.
Only if you are using OLD phoenix Zip file.
To install it on the hard disk you have two options.
- 1. On existing hard drive/local disk partition.
- 2. New partition on the hard drive using partition manager.
1) you can use any existing hard disk (other than main one, C://)
2) right click on my computer and choose manage tab. Go to disk management and look for a hard disk that has more than 10GB space.
Select that drive and right click and choose “Shrink volume” and put at least 8000 and click OK. It will make 8~ GB of unallocated free space. Click on that and want to make a primary portion and proceed it. You just made a new disk partition dedicated to Phoenix Os.
Dual boot Phoenix Os with Windows
Step 1. Open Phoenix Os zip with WinRAR and extract all files to that that hard disk. And rename that folder to “android-5.1.1.”
It should be like – Local disk/android-5.1.1
Fix 1. Replace the initrd.Img file with the downloaded one. So Phoenix Os won’t stuck on its logo.
Fix 2. Paste the isolinux folder inside “android-5.1.1”. Make sure it will look like below image!!
Open it and click “Add new entry” option and install the NeoGrub Bootloader on the NeoGrub tab.
Don’t touch other settings such that drop-down is asking for a hard disk. Let it default (c:/) otherwise; Phoenix Os will not load.
When the NeoGrub Bootloader it’s installed, click on configure button. And paste this following code. And read on.
title Android 5.1.1
kernel /android-5.1.1/kernel quiet root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 video=-16 SRC=/android-5.1.1
title Android 5.1.1 (video=LVDS-1:d)
kernel /android-5.1.1/kernel quiet video=LVDS-1:d root=/dev/ram0 androidboot.hardware=android_x86 video=-16 SRC=/android-5.1.1
Hold on, don’t save it now. Mind that line that says root (hd0,1)?
This tells bootloader where to look for the boot files.
You need to make edit to this according to your hard drive where Phoenix Os files are present
In case that you have just only one HDD, just let it hd0. And change ‘1’ to drive number.
Example: I have 4 partitions, and my hard disk partition number, (where I loaded PhoenixOS files) is number 4 so, on the code posted on NeoGrubs Bootloader, I will put root (hd0,4).
*/ How do I know what HD is my hard drive and which partition is the one with Phoenix? Use Bootice to know it.
Now, the partition: On Bootice, you will see there is a partition Manage button, click it. in the first column check the number the partition you selected for installing the Phoenix OS.
Once you have it open, you will see the Hard Drives are listed accord their number on the destination Disk drop down.
After changing the value save the file of NeoGrub Bootloader, and restart your computer.
optional – Default you will see a second option (when you restart your computer) “NeoGrub Bootloader” if you need to change this name Open EasyBsd > Advanced > Click NeoGrubBootloader > change its name to Phoenix Os.
You will be asked to boot windows or Phoenix Os. (2nd option can be with different name, don’t mind that)
Choose the second option and Phoenix Os will be booted.
On Phoenix Os, you can browse your other hard drives as well.
When you want to exit, click on power off or make a restart and boot into Windows and then shut down the computer.
Overall a nice operating system, don’t just rely on Microsoft, taste the Android operation system that powers up to 80% overall mobile devices.
Problems with Phoenix OS
I can boot the phoenix os from USB flash drive normally, but can’t boot after I installed into the HDD. Stuck at phoenix os logo. Why this occurred?
Just replace it with your partition where you install the phoenix os. It is the initrd.img from android x86 marshmallow.
Under the hood.
#1. Brad Linder stated a wrong sentence in his Phoenix Os review, which they will correct soon.
They stated Phoenix Os will save all the settings and manually installed apps. And after booting again, they will be available there.
Wrong – in Phoenix Os, there is no saving mode, (like residence mode in Redmi os 2).
Procedure 2. / Installing Phoenix OS 1.0.7 beta with existing Windows
Only you need to open the Installer file, and you’ll be asked where you want to install the Phoenix OS on your computer. Choose the Hard Drive or Any USB drive.
The installer version is easy to use, and that’s all about it. Thanks