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Read about running Windows 95 (blog post seems to be 9-12 months old) and 98, XP (XDA has few threads) on Android. I'm interested (because of mind mapping software I use on Windows) but don't really have time and 2nd device to test this. Has someone here tried this and can give a overview of what's possible. Do these versions just run? Or can you

  • easily install and run a .exe
  • swap data from android filesystem to Windows
  • use internet connection
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I guess you could try running windows 95 or older versions inside DosBox.

Of course this would require some knowledge on MS-DOS stuff and some patience and skill..

Here's a good tutorial on how to boot win95 on DosBox. I would suggest you try this first on a desktop machine with dosbox.

Another way would be to run it using QEMU for android

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I've managed to install and run Windows 3.1, 95 and 98 on Android via the BOCHS emulator. I believe QEMU would work as well.

I've never managed to get the network connection to work. But I can swap data from my Android partitions to Windows partitions and run the EXE files. So in practice, I have to download everything on native Android and then copy it across.

By the way, it is really slow. It took me about a day to install Windows, and then to actually boot Windows it generally takes about 10-20 minutes.

I'm really interested to know how far people have got with this - whether anyone ever managed to install Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1?

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