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:
- No need to use USB Flash Drive to boot Remix OS. Your Remix OS will stay right on your computer.
- 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.
- On every boot, you can choose which home you want to enter: Either Windows or Remix. 🙂
- 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:
- I couldn’t take Screenshots inside Android.
- 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extract those files somewhere safely. We are going to need them later.
Now, Download Android x86 Installer Exe File:
For Legacy Bios Mode: Direct 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.
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.
Now go to the Drive you created and Installed Android just now. Click AndroidOS Folder. You can find the following files.
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:
Note: While Pasting these files, it will ask you to Replace or Skip Files. Choose Replace the Files in the Destination.
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
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.
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.
Now it will show Available Options. Click Choose Other Options.
Now it will show other available options. Click Use a Device.
Finally, choose Android OS from the Options.
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.
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.
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:
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)
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