How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows PC

This article will guide you on How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows PC. Be sure check all the prerequisites before you proceed with the steps.

Android 4.4 KitKat is the latest version of Android OS released by Google. Until now, only 8-9% smartphones have been upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat including new device, which had Android 4.4 KitKat running out of the box. It is a fact that not every android running Smartphone will get Android 4.4 KitKat update except few flagship and high-end devices from major OEMs. Now if you are stuck with a low-end or mid-range device, which have not received Android 4.4 KitKat update yet, then the only thing you can do is wait for the official release from your manufacturer.

However, for a change you can experience the same by installing Android 4.4 KitKat on your Windows PC. To install Android 4.4 KitKat on PC we will be using Oracle Virtualbox. Follow these steps for the same.


  • Download and Install Oracle VirtualBox
  • Download Android 4.4 Kitkat ISO Image File

Once you download oracle VirtualBox, install it. Keep Android 4.4 KitKat Image files as it is and proceed with these steps.

How to Install Android 4.4 KitKat on PC

1. Run VirtualBox

2. Now click on New button (top right corner)

3. In the next window type name as Android 4.4 KitKat, Type as Linux and Version as Other Linux (332 bit). Click on Next

4. Now you have to select memory size (RAM) recommended is 256MB, but keep it as 800MB ( more or less depending upon the memory size. Click on Next

5. Select Create a virtual hard drive now and click on Create

6. Select VDI (VirtualBox Disk Image) and click on Next

7. Select Fixed size and click Next

8. In the next window, you have set storage space for Virtual Disk Image on your hard drive. Once selected, click Create

9. Now, you will see an Android 4.4 KitKat file in Oracle VirtualBOx

10. Right click on it and select Start

11. Here, you will be prompted to select downloaded Android 4.4 ISO image. So click on small box/file icon and navigate to the folder where you have stored Android 4.4 ISO image. Select it and click on Open

12. Click on Start button

13. Select Install Android-86 to Harddisk

14. Select Create/Modify Partitions and click OK

15. Select New

16. Select Primary

17. Press Enter to proceed

18. Select Write

19. Now, type YES and press enter

20. Select Quit and press enter

21. Next, select Sda1 linux VBOX HARDDISK, select OK and press enter

22. Select ext3 filesystem and select OK

23. Select Yes and press enter

24. You will be prompted to install boot loader GRUB. Select Yes and press and enter

25. Again select  Yes and press enter

26. Select Reboot, select OK and press enter

27. Now select Device > CD/DVD Devices > Android-x86-4.4-RC1.iso (ISO image)

28. Next, select Machine > Close > Power off the machine and OK

29. Now again right click on Android 4.4 KitKat file in VirtualBox and select Start

30. Select Android-x86 4.4-RC1 and hit enter

That’s all! You have successfully installed Android 4.4 KitKat on Windows PC. Now you should see a booting screen. It will ask you enter few details, after entering them you can use Android 4.4 KitKat on your PC.

Fore more detailed tutorial watch this video.

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  • a3298095

    Thank you. I didn’t figure out how to see the mouse pointer. Having no touchscreen on the machine I am using to run the VM will give me little hope even with Virtual Additions installed. The VM is a bit laggy, but that would be because of my machine. I didn’t find out how to turn off the machine without powering it off, there is nothing like power down android, is there? Anyways, everything works including Google now and Youtube. I didn’t try to do Google Cast or run AirDroid as I would stretch it as little bit too far :)

  • a3298095

    OK I figured out with the mouse and I did some tweaking so it runs faster now overall. Questions:
    1. Can you share what specs are your computer?
    2. What are the specs of the VM you have configured in setting
    3. How big is the area you are recording on the video. It seems like the VM screen is quite big size, I only get small maybe 6 inch frame.

  • a3298095

    For the record: For the mouse I had to change from USB touchpad to PS-2 mouse in the VM settings.