[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Remix OS is the first fully functional Android Operating System specially made for computer users. It brings several useful features of Android in a more pc-friendly way, delivering you the best of both Android and Windows.

It was released on 12th January 2016 and got popular from the Day 1. Indeed, it is super awesome.

But Dual Booting it along with Windows was a major issue, as the OS was released as a portable Operating System that got stored in a USB Flash Drive and you needed to plug in the Flash Drive every time you want to boot to Android. For more details, see Install Remix OS on your PC with USB Flash Drive.

Another Amazing Android OS for Computers was released soon after Remix OS, known as Phoenix OS, with stunning Android UI.

Well, Finally, we got a useful trick to Dual Boot Remix OS along with your Windows on your Computer.

And this supports all 64 bit computers, whether it is UEFI or Legacy. So you can taste its features while not compromising your Windows.

There are many advantages of this method:

  1. No need to use USB Flash Drive to boot Remix OS. Your Remix OS will stay right on your computer.
  2. Your Windows OS will remain untouched. None of your files on C Drive will be harmed. All your internal storage media will also remain intact.
  3. On every boot, you can choose which home you want to enter: Either Windows or Remix. 🙂
  4. No need to change your BIOS mode from UEFI to Legacy and vice versa. This method will work for all 64-bit computers. (32-bit support coming soon)

Remix OS Screenshots:

Here are some screenshots from Remix OS on my Laptop. The picture quality isn’t much good mainly because of two reasons:

  1. I couldn’t take Screenshots inside Android.
  2. I took photos from my Mobile by pointing it towards the Laptop. Lack of Good Camera! Anyways it should do the job! The brightness is dimmer in screenshots.

Remix OS Screenshot

Remix OS Screenshot

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Enough of Screenshots! Now let’s begin the steps to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows.

Determine your BIOS Mode:

Well, there is a very natural step to determine your BIOS Mode, and we are giving it below only for those who don’t know how to check BIOS Mode.

Those who knows how to do that may skip this step and follow the next steps.

Here we begin:

On your keyboard, Windows Key + R and the Run Command Dialog Box will Open.

Enter this run command and click OK: msinfo32

Tutorial: Install Remix OS on your PC [Windows / MAC]

The system information Dialog Box will open. Click on Top Left System Summary and then search for the option: BIOS Mode on the right.

You will find either your BIOS Mode is UEFI or Legacy.

Tutorial: Download Remix OS iso File on your PC: EFI / Legacy

Based on that, we are going to follow the steps below.

So make sure you are fully aware of the BIOS mode you are in.

Disable Secure Boot:

You need to Disable Secure Boot before installing Remix OS else it will not Boot.

What is Secure Boot?

Secure Boot is a feature made by Microsoft on your windows that will allow booting of only Windows OS signed by Microsoft and Reject other Operating Systems.

What are the advantages and the disadvantages?

Well, the advantage is to protect you from hacking software that may try to install a foreign operating system and hijack your computer. Secure Boot checks for Microsoft Signature before booting each time and makes sure you are in Windows before booting.

The disadvantage, on the other hand, is that it will also not let you Dual Boot your computer with any other Operating System. So, you need to disable it.

How to Disable Secure Boot?

A step by step guide to do that is available here. Follow it and you can quickly disable secure boot.

Create a New Drive Partition on your computer:

Now we will create a New Drive Partition on our computer where we can install our Remix Operating System.

The drive should be of 20GB Space at least.

Again, for the “Techy” guys, this step is very easy. But for the non-techy guys, this can be painful, so we are discussing it too. If you know it, just skip this step too.

First Right Click on Windows Button and Click Disk Management. The Disk Management Dialog Box will load.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Now select any existing drive having free space over 20GB. Leave out C Drive. Choose from the Rest.

Right Click on any Drive and Click Shrink Volume. You can see this dialog box (Refer to the Picture Below), and it will ask you space to Shrink.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Choose the space as 20000 MB and Click Shrink.

You will find a blank Unallocated Space of Memory 19.5 GB. That is the volume we shrank.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Now Right Click on that Space in Blank and Click New Simple Volume. The New Simple Volume Wizard will load.

Click Next. It will ask for the simple volume size. Keep it as it is. Click Next.

Now it will ask you to Assign a Drive letter. Do that and click Next.

Now it will ask you to Format Partition. Choose the File type as NTFS. Choose Allocation Unit Size as Default. Click Next.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Finally, Click Finish to Complete making your New Partition inside your computer where we are going to Install our Remix OS.

Now your Drive Partition is created.

Steps to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows:

First Download Remix OS from here. There are two versions, one for UEFI, and other for Legacy, choose the one you need.

GOOD NEWS: Remix OS v2.0 is released on 2nd February 2016 and now it supports 32 bit devices too. Download Remix OS v2.0 from here.

Now use 7zip Software and Open the Remix OS Img File. You can find the following Files inside.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Extract those files somewhere safely. We are going to need them later.

Now, Download Android x86 Installer Exe File:

For UEFI Bios Mode: XDA Thread | Direct Download Link

For Legacy Bios ModeDirect Download Link

Next, Download this Android ISO File: Direct Download Link

Now, Run the Android x86 Exe File. The software will ask you to choose Android Image, Target Drive, and Data Size.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Choose the Android Image as the Android ISO File you downloaded earlier [and NOT THE REMIX OS].

Choose the Target Drive as the New Partition you created with NTFS File Type.

Choose Data size as per as you need. This will be the Internal Memory. I chose it as 2GB. However you can choose it any value but try to keep it 5GB less than the total volume.

Click Install. [WARNING: Double Check the Drive you are Installing To] Wait till it completes installing Android OS on your Hard Disk. This should be done within a few minutes.

After Install Completes, you should get a Install Done Dialog Box confirming the same.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Now go to the Drive you created and Installed Android just now. Click AndroidOS Folder. You can find the following files.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Delete this File: system.sfs

Now visit the folder where you Extracted the Remix OS using 7zip.

From there, Copy the following files from the Remix OS and Paste inside the AndroidOS Folder:

  • initrd.img
  • kernel
  • ramdisk.img
  • system.img

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Note: While Pasting these files, it will ask you to Replace or Skip Files. Choose Replace the Files in the Destination.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Now, Download the Grub.cfg file from here. Store it in a folder easy to navigate.

Now Right Click on Start Button and Click Command Prompt (Admin).

Type this command and Press Enter: mountvol B: /s

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Now, type this command and Press Enter: B:

Next, type this command and Press Enter: cd efi\Android

Finally, type this command and Press Enter: copy <location of grub.cfg> grub.cfg

<location of grub.cfg> means the location where you saved it. Edit it accordingly.

For example:

If you saved it in the default Chrome downloads folder, then the command should be:

copy C:\Users\<Your Username>\Downloads\grub.cfg grub.cfg

If you saved it in say, Drive E > Downloads > grub.cfg, then the command should be:

copy E:\Downloads\grub.cfg grub.cfg

Hope you got the command format. Don’t make any Mistakes here. Give Spaces wherever mentioned inside the command.

It will ask you YES / NO / CANCEL. Type Yes. Press Enter.

Know what you just did: The above commands are simple and won’t affect your Windows in any ways. You just set up Dual Boot for your Windows. Now everytime you start your computer; it will ask you which OS to boot. If you select Windows, it will boot to Windows, if you choose Android OS, it will Boot to Android.

Now everything is done. Restart your computer.

While restarting, it will ask you which Operating System to Boot. Click on Change Defaults or Choose Other Options Button at the below.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Now it will show Available Options. Click Choose Other Options.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Now it will show other available options. Click Use a Device.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

Finally, choose Android OS from the Options.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

That’s all you need to do. Now, wait till it Automatically Boots itself to Android.

That’s it. You have successfully booted to Remix OS.

Now you need to Install Google Play Store on your Remix OS to enjoy all apps and games. However it does not come pre-installed. Click here to know the steps to install it.

You can also Root Your Remix OS from here.

How to Boot Back to Windows?

Booting back to Windows is easy. Just shut down once from the Android OS and Turn On your computer.

[Guide] How to Dual Boot Remix OS with Windows [UEFI / Legacy]

It will again ask you to choose which to boot. Choose Windows. And it will boot to your windows.

Everything installed on windows will stay intact as it is. This method is entirely reliable as we are not doing anything in C Drive. We are using up a different location to install Remix OS.

Video Tutorial:

Still wondering How to Do it?

Well, here is a video tutorial WITH A NEW METHOD (not the one I described above) how to do it. You may choose to check it out.

Remind you, this tutorial is ONLY FOR LEGACY DEVICES and WILL NOT WORK FOR UEFI.

Here it is below:

 

Conclusion:

That’s all about installing Remix OS on your Computer easily and Dual Booting Remix OS along with Windows. Hope you have understood it correctly. I have tried my best to make it as comfortable as possible.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: [Guide] How to Install Phoenix OS on your PC? (UEFI / Legacy)

If you enjoyed reading the post, do share it on Facebook with your friends and help them install Remix OS too.

If you face any trouble at any point understanding anything, don’t hesitate to drop me a comment below. I will be more than happy to help you out.

Thanks for reading. Keep Visiting HiTricks.

Nirmal Sarkar is an M.Tech Engineering Student from the city of Joy, Kolkata. He is the founder of this blog and covers a wide range of topics from Gadgets to Software to Latest Offers. He is also active on the Blogosphere community on Facebook. You can get in touch with him via nirmal@hitricks.com

305 Comments
  1. hello!,I like your writing very much! percentage we be in contact extra about your post on AOL? I require a specialist on this area to solve my problem. Maybe that’s you! Having a look forward to peer you.

  2. since remix os support ended, do you thing it would work if I copied files from phoenix os?

  3. do i need to install drivers for my graphics card (GT 710)?

  4. Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10240]
    (c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    C:\Windows\system32>mountvol B:/s
    Creates, deletes, or lists a volume mount point.

    MOUNTVOL [drive:]path VolumeName
    MOUNTVOL [drive:]path /D
    MOUNTVOL [drive:]path /L
    MOUNTVOL [drive:]path /P
    MOUNTVOL /R
    MOUNTVOL /N
    MOUNTVOL /E
    MOUNTVOL drive: /S

    path Specifies the existing NTFS directory where the mount
    point will reside.
    VolumeName Specifies the volume name that is the target of the mount
    point.
    /D Removes the volume mount point from the specified directory.
    /L Lists the mounted volume name for the specified directory.
    /P Removes the volume mount point from the specified directory,
    dismounts the volume, and makes the volume not mountable.
    You can make the volume mountable again by creating a volume
    mount point.
    /R Removes volume mount point directories and registry settings
    for volumes that are no longer in the system.
    /N Disables automatic mounting of new volumes.
    /E Re-enables automatic mounting of new volumes.
    /S Mount the EFI System Partition on the given drive.

    Possible values for VolumeName along with current mount points are:

    \\?\Volume{22c9120a-5fd6-4492-9fdc-8887c1d33fdc}\
    C:\

    \\?\Volume{0017e71b-d6a0-666b-a569-d30136ce2f00}\
    *** NO MOUNT POINTS ***

    \\?\Volume{7b86a654-9d28-4c01-b7d9-5cabf9138b37}\
    D:\

    \\?\Volume{e87ba890-0a50-057b-189c-147c0dd7e900}\
    F:\

    \\?\Volume{95d12bd0-e684-11e6-9bd5-94e979776a88}\
    H:\

    \\?\Volume{0671d0f9-f1e4-4566-a318-a0990c3f971d}\
    *** NO MOUNT POINTS ***

    \\?\Volume{c76415bf-ddc3-11e6-9bc7-806e6f6e6963}\
    E:\

    C:\Windows\system32>B:
    The system cannot find the drive specified.

    i used drive F for my android and i cannot make it like what u side on this blog, can you help me?

  5. after i run cmd as administrator i type mountvoll B:/s and its shows all possibility command and drive. but in the next step I am totally confuse. just after i type B: its shows the system cannot find the drive specified.
    I am totally stuck in here, my laptop in HP and Iam AMD user. can you help me bro…..

  6. all the problem just the same like me, i ‘am stuck on command prompt in the first step.

  7. WOW !! its works for me !

    but, there are different ways my way of installing methods with your method:

    1. I do not use grub.cfg from your article but I import grub.cfg which comes from remix os itself (remix os ver 3.0)

    2. I use gnu grub for dual boot method, because if using metro bootloader from windows does not work. (dual boot option does not appear), although “secure boot” has been disabled.

    but overall, your article is very helpful, I had previously frustrated because my laptop can not dualboot 😀

    once again, thanks !!

  8. I have a Dell venue 8 Pro 32bit system with UEFI. Even after repeated attempts unable to boot. After the grub screen system stuck after detecting android. Please help.

  9. Great information thanks for sharing this information, its tooo long and sounds risky too :3

  10. what is the meaning of B: in mountvol B: /s ???
    i tried it but it says “The parameter is incorrect”

    can u help me with this error? thanks.

  11. Thanks Sir . Works Perfectly

  12. Does this work for Remix 3.0?

  13. Reply
    Abisha Zaki Ar-Rafi July 2, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Help me please! I tried installing with the official Remix OS Android M iso, but there are no system.img in the RemixOS image… Helpppp!

  14. bro .. will this method really works ???

    • Yes Vaibhav Patel this works. Don’t Worry 🙂

      • Hi i partitioned my c drive to 20gb and tried installing the remixos on the new drive. After installing it ask to reboot now. And i can’t load my windows back and getting BOOTMGR is missing.

        • Abisha Zaki Ar-Rafi July 2, 2017 at 4:47 am

          Don’t try to shrink C:, because that is where Windows reside. Maybe the repartitioning overwritten some Windows files? I think the best you can do now is to reinstall a copy of Windows.

  15. Hi Please help me. Remix OS is automatically booting and I cannot boot my windows.

  16. whether it can be installed on netbooks dell inspiron 3162? thx
    Specs Dell Inspiron 11 3162 (Celeron N3050)
    LED backlight TFT LCD screen 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 pixels, Anti-Glare
    Intel Celeron processor N3050 dual-core 1.6GHz TurboBoost 2,16GHz
    Intel chipset
    Graphic Intel HD Graphics
    DDR3L 1600MHz 2GB of RAM memory
    500GB hard disk storage

  17. Dimasdanu didn’t use the drive letter B

  18. try grub2win it’s working and easy to use

  19. Loved this Guide! I was referred here by Google! As always, Your writing is amazing! Thanks!

  20. Hello can you help me with this problem?
    ================Installer Info================
    Installer Directory:C:\Users\aflizalarafi\AppData\Local\Temp\droidinst_efi
    Installer Version:2.2.6000.0
    Secure Boot … Disabled
    Manufacturer: ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC.
    Model: T100TA
    Product: T100TA
    BIOS info:
    _ASUS_ – 3
    T100TA.304
    American Megatrends – 50008
    Available GPU(s):
    GPU: Intel(R) HD Graphics
    =============[REQUIREMENTS CHECK]============
    Administrator privilege … ok
    OS Type: 32-bit!
    CPU Architecture: 9
    CPU Name: Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU Z3740 @ 1.33GHz
    OSVer: Microsoft Windows NT 10.0.10586.0
    OperatingSystem Version … ok
    Windows Security: Access NVRAM Privilege … Not All Set
    System Firmware: UEFI
    ==========================================
    as you can see, im using asus t100ta, and i really want to install remix os on my 100ta. Please help 🙁

    • ========================================
      ====Install Started on 1/29/2017 11:49:02 PM====
      -ISO File: D:\Download\android-x86-5.1-rc1.iso
      -TargetDrive: F
      -UserData: 4278190
      -Setup Directories…
      -Folder Created: F:\AndroidOS
      -Extract ISO
      #Launch:C:\Users\aflizalarafi\AppData\Local\Temp\droidinst_efi\7z.exe x “D:\Download\android-x86-5.1-rc1.iso” “kernel” “ramdisk.img” “initrd.img” “system.sfs” -oF:\AndroidOS
      -Extract SFS
      #Launch:C:\Users\aflizalarafi\AppData\Local\Temp\droidinst_efi\7z.exe x F:\AndroidOS\system.sfs “system.img” -oF:\AndroidOS
      -Create Data.img
      #Launch:C:\Users\aflizalarafi\AppData\Local\Temp\droidinst_efi\dd.exeif=/dev/zero of=F:\AndroidOS\data.img count=4278190
      -Initialize Data.img
      #Launch:C:\Users\aflizalarafi\AppData\Local\Temp\droidinst_efi\mke2fs.exe-F -t ext4 “F:\AndroidOS\data.img”
      ===Installing Boot Objects===
      -Mounting EFI Partition…
      #Launch:C:\Windows\System32\mountvol.exe Z: /S
      Error Executing C:\Windows\System32\mountvol.exe with Args: Z: /S
      Error output:

      The directory is not empty.

      ==============Revert Installation==============
      -Cleaning up Android Directory … F:\AndroidOS
      ===Removing Boot Objects===
      -Mounting EFI Partition…
      #Launch:C:\Windows\System32\mountvol.exe Z: /S
      Error Executing C:\Windows\System32\mountvol.exe with Args: Z: /S
      Error output:

      The directory is not empty.

      -Remove Android UEFI Entry
      -UEFI: -1
      -Cleaning up Android Directory … Z:\EFI\Android\
      -UnMounting EFI Partition…
      #Launch:C:\Windows\System32\mountvol.exe Z: /D
      ==========================================
      that’s an extra information. FYI, my free space of local disk c is 920mb. Would u help/guide me to install remix os on asus t100ta, thx! 🙂

  21. Reply
    Chandrashekahar Kumar January 25, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    hi my window is not working properly problem in update windows. Help me

  22. Apologies for the last comment… turns out i put it on my usb stick instead of hdd… how embarrassing

  23. nobody having the same problem!? so i install android x86 to my partition but everything is hidden? anyone know how to access the android files/folders?

  24. at the last step of restarting i restarted…but i did’t see the option of choosing between windows and remix os my tablet pc starts and go to windows 8.1.
    any help regarding this problems please i do all steps correctly.

  25. Need Help,
    I am trying to install RemixOS on my Tab:

    Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2
    System Type : X86-based PC
    Processor : Intel Atom z2760
    Ram : 2gb
    BIOS Mode : UEFI
    Secure Boot State : Disable

    Made USB bootable with RemixOS for PC Installation Tool with 32bit Android M image for legacy Bios (as there is no 32 bit UEFI image available to Download).

    When i tried to boot from usb after grub bootloader it stuck on black screen.

    i tried with 64 bit UEFI image also but same problem.

    is any one can help me..?

  26. Hey ! Nirmal Thanks for this long guide. it seems bit complex for me as i how you have used the commands and much more thing like putting those files.. i just need to ask is there any other method that is easy?

  27. Pc boots straight to Windows 10 after disabling secure boot. Using the usb boot because I fear doing something wrong and losing my data. My laptop came with win 10, it’s an hp pavilion. I love the Remix OS so far and wish I could get boot from pc instead of usb.

  28. Dear Brother,

    I have successfully install remix 32 bit os and work good after one day suddenly appear snipping tool (screen short) selected all screen i close and randomly appear. how to solve this problem please give suggest.

    • Sorry to know about the issue. Well, this issue is completely new to me. I have never heard of such issues till now. Maybe you should post about this in Remix OS Official Google Plus Group. They are active and can be able to solve your issue.

  29. I am getting a error grub something while booting plzz give me some suggestion to get rid

  30. Comment: Nice work brother. I did exactly as u said, but when I boot? I get stuck on blinking remix logo, any help?

    • Umm, sorry I cannot help in this regard as I have not come across any errors like this. I would request you to join the Official Remix OS Google Plus Group and escalate this issue to them. 🙂

  31. How to decrease boot timeout of grub 2.02 from 30s to 3s? Sorry for my bad english

  32. I have a Samsung ATIV 500T Windows Tablet PC, with detachable keyboard (BIOS=UEFI, 32-bit)

    Initially i just setup Remix os 3.0 for pc, on a separate partition, upon its installation,
    It overwrite Windows Boot Manager with GNU Grub v2.0, which basically messed up my tablet pc, as Windows 10 option, was nowhere to be seen.
    and Remix OS setup’s language page did not register clicks from my keyboard.

    So i had to format my harddrive, to install Windows 10 again, & lost important files.

    So Kindly update your guide, considering Remix OS 3.0 for PC, which hopefully works ok in my tablet pc aswell.