Android as a platform has always been about its open source nature and the freedom it provides to the end user. From simple modifications like icon packs to more extreme ones like the MultiROM project, each passing day sees the community produce something new, something wonderful that further enforces the platform’s openness.
In what can only be deemed a project deep into the extreme end of the modding spectrum, XDA Senior Member ycavan took to the forums earlier today to show off a full-blown Windows 7 installation running on his Intel-powered Zenfone 2. The nature of the Intel Atom’s architecture ensures that the OS runs at near native speeds, and despite the installation
procedure being relatively complex, the end almost justifies the means for enthusiasts longing for a desktop OS on a handheld device. In his post, ycavan outlines every step required for the installation, the gist of which is that interested Zenfone 2 users must unlock their bootloader, flash a specific kernel, partition their SD card and run a host of terminal commands, upon completion of which, the Windows installation will begin in a virtual machine.
The installation has no major bugs involved, and runs smoothly on the Zenfone 2, with ycavan going on to state that even Windows 8 and 10 can be installed using the same procedure, albeit with a different ISO. If running a desktop OS on your Zenfone 2 interests you, or the procedure itself intrigues you, head over to ycavan’s thread and get started.