Pheonix OS is based on Android and is designed to work on desktop/notebook computers. The latest version (at the time of writing this) was based on Android Nougat 7.1 and works flawlessly even on relatively older computers. We have already written about Pheonix OS and how you can install it on your computers in a previous post – Installing Android in your PC. But it is about installing Phoenix OS on a new hard disk or a formatted hard disk drive.
If you want to install Phoenix OS on your PC that already has Windows installed on it, then you can follow these instructions:
Note: Make sure you have a bootable Windows installation disk (DVD or USB pen-drive) handy in case of GRUB messup.
- Download Phoenix EXE installer from http://www.phoenixos.com/download_x86. Do not download ISO image.
- Double-click on the downloaded Phoenix EXE installer file and click on the Install button in the window that offers to choose installation type.
- You will have choose a partition, you can choose any partition from your hard disk drive. It should have enough free space for holding the data size that you will select later (4GB to 32 GB). Click Next to continue.
- Choose a data size for Phoenix OS. You can choose 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB data size. Larger data size means you can install more apps, but will take longer to install. Click on the Install button to continue.
- After the installation is finished, you will see a congratulations window in which you can click on the Reboot button to restart your PC. You can then choose Phoenix OS at the boot menu to enjoy Phoenix Android in your Windows PC.
- Download Phoenix OS ISO file and create a bootable USB pen drive using Rufus. You can also burn it on a blank CD/DVD if you want.
- Plug in this bootable USB drive into your PC and turn it on. You may have to press F12 key to bring up the boot menu. From the boot menu, choose your USB pen-drive and choose the option to Install Phoenix OS.
- You will be asked the partition on which you want to install Phoenix OS. During the installation, it just creates a folder PhoenixOS and copies all the files inside it, therefore you can choose any partition safely.
- Next you will be asked if you want to install GRUB and add the GRUB menu entry. This option will enable you to choose various operating systems to boot into at the PC boot.
- Once the files have been copied and GRUB has been configured, you can reboot your PC and choose Phoenix OS to start enjoying Android in your PC.
If the Grub entries do not allow you to boot into Windows after installing Phoenix OS, then you can use the bootable Windows media (DVD or USB pen drive) to boot and then perform startup repair.