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If you have been in touch with us via our official Facebook page then you must have noticed my Virtual Android Screen and now I got the time to finally write a detailed tutorial for you. At times for such long installation tutorials, I plan to switch to Video Blogging to save more time. Don't get surprised if anytime, you get a post where you will get to know about a new version launch of Experts Galaxy in video mode.

Anyhow lets get back to the installation of Android OS as a virtual machine in your Linux or PC. If you are regular here then by now, you should be familiar with the procedure of installing an Operating System in a virtual environment using VirtualBox. Now, I am sharing the procedure to install a Virtual OS using VMware product with an example installation of Android.

Download the free VMware Player software using the link below:

Click Here to See the Complete Download List of VMware Products

Install the software as we install any software in our OS be it Windows or your favorite Linux distro. Now we need to install the Android OS but for that we need an ISO image for the same. Please download the latest or your desired Android installation from the link provided below:

Click Here to Download the Android 4.4 ISO 

Or

Click Here to Download different versions of Android ISO

I will be using Android 4.4 RC 2 for this tutorial and now lets begin with it.

1) After installing VMware Player, please click on Player>> File>> New Virtual Machine as shown below:

VMware Player New Machine Creation

2) New Virtual Machine Wizard screen will be there, simply browse the downloaded ISO and click next.

Create Android Virtual Machine

3) Now name your new virtual machine and it can be anything. After that click on next

Name Android Virtual Machine

4) Specify the disk capacity of your new virtual machine. I use the first option for better performance and you can also change the size of the disk while installing any other virtual OS.

Virtual Android Disk Capacity

5) On the next screen, you can customize the hardware for your virtual machine like increasing the memory or changing the type of Network Adapter.

Customize Virtual Machine Hardware

6) Once you click on finish then the virtual machine will start with the Android's boot screen. Select the install Android to hard disk option and press enter.

Virtual Android Boot Screen

7) You will see, please select a partition screen and let it be as shown below.

Create Partitions for Android Installation

8) On the next screen, please select the new option using the arrow keys on the keyboard as we need to partition our virtual hard disk and press enter.

Create Partition For Android Installation


9) Now we need to decide if we wish to make a primary or logical partition. I will use primary partitioning scheme in this tutorial, treating it as an MBR disk. Do remember that a hard disk with MBR type of partitioning can have either "4 primary partitions" or "3 primary and one extended partition". You may search for MBR vs GPT partitioning scheme in Google to know more.

Create New Primary Partition

10) Please specify the new partition size, simply start typing the numbers to specify the size without using backspace or delete key to delete the size displayed on the screen

Specify Primary Partition Size

11) It will ask you for the partition location, please select the beginning of the disk

Add Partition at Beginning

12) On the next screen, you will see the created partition. It will already be selected along with the bootable option at the bottom. Simply press enter to mark the partition as bootable.

Mark Partition as Bootable


13) Now, please select the free space and then repeat the procedure (Don't mark other partitions as bootable)New>> Primary>> Beginning>> Free Space>> Until you create 4 primary partitions this way though one bootable partition is enough to install it. Android is a Linux based OS however here its installation is different than a normal Linux Installation.

Repeat Partition Creation Process

14) Once all the partitions are created then please select the write option and press enter. It will ask you to confirm it by typing yes, so please follow the instructions.

Write Disk Partition Table

15) Once you see the message "Wrote partition table on the disk", you may select the print option to check it and then select the quit option to come back to installation screen.

Back to Android Installation Screen


 16) Once you will be back on the blue screen then please select a partition to install Android. Let it be sda1 as we made it the boot partition.


Select Partition to Install Android



17) Please select a filesystem for sda1. Let it be ext3 as its a file system for Linux, the way we have NTFS for Windows.

Select filesystem for Partition


18) Select yes on the next screen as we are sure that we need to format the selected partition.


Format Partition Confirm Message

19) It will ask you if you wish to install GRUB or not which is a bootloader for Linux. Please select yes.

Install Boot Loader Grub

20) Please select yes as it says making /system be read-write is easier for debugging. Select no if you know what are you doing.

Make System Directory Writable

21) It will start installing Android OS as desired.

Android Installation Process Begins

22) Congratulations, your Android installation is complete. You should reboot your virtual machine to configure your new Android which you have installed as Virtual Machine.

Virtually Installed Android OS

23) Here is the Android screen after installation.

Android After Install Screen

24) Select a language for configuration

Android Language Selection Screen

25) If it detects your net connection then well and good, else skip it.

Android Wi-Fi Selection Screen

26) I hope, you have switched to Gmail by now

Android Google Account Configuration


27) Use your Google credentials to sign in

Android Google Sign-in Screen

 28) Do some basic configuration and then give a name to your virtual tablet

Name Your Virtual Android Tablet

 29) Next you see the welcome message

Android Installation Welcome Message

30) Finally, you configured the new Android installation as well

Finally Configured Android Installation

Now you can use and test the Android installation here. In this long post, you learnt to install a Virtual Operating System in VMware Player which is a free software for non-commercial use. You could have used any other virtualization software to install Android as guest OS. If you need to install Linux or Windows as virtual machine then we have all the tutorials for the installation, just browser the respective categories at the right hand side.

Let me share my setup for this post. I have used a Linux machine with VirtualBox, then a Windows 8.1 Enterprise version installed in VirtualBox. In Windows 8.1, I installed the free version of VMware Player 6.0 and then installed Android in it. This is the power of Virtualization and there are many companies competing for the top position, VMware being the leader for now. I hope you enjoyed the installation of your new Virtual Machine.



       
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