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Can I install and boot Android from a windows 8 tablet

by JacksJim / July 28, 2013 7:49 AM PDT

Hello, can I boot to Android from a micro drive on a windows 8 tablet? Why choose one over the other, when you can have both. Now neither Google nor Microsoft is going to be of any help with this but can this be done, there are great reasons to want to do it. My company uses MS exclusively, and I use some programs as well, however windows is rapidly becoming the past, and I want to stay in the present. Note I do not want Android inside of win, but on it's own, booted from say a 64gbcard. ???

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Which model?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2013 8:16 AM PDT

If it's the Windows 8 RT (restricted tablet) then I've yet to see this. And to do that on an x86 machine I would just set the BIOS to boot from the card.

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Looking to buy new
by JacksJim / July 28, 2013 10:16 AM PDT
In reply to: Which model?

I do not have the machine yet, so I can buy anything. Could I boot Android from the card reader on a Samsung ATIV SmartPC XE500T1C-A01US, I tried to post a link but was not able. I know that this could be done from a laptop with a touch screen, but they seem to be overly expensive. The Samsung that I mentioned says win 8 32bit not win 8rt, but I am not sure that it is not the RT version, I am also not sure why anything new is 32 bit still. Is there a way to get into the bios on a typical tablet the way you do on a conventional laptop? What would be your choice of tablets if looking to boot both OS? Thanks for your time....!

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Can't answer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2013 1:19 AM PDT
In reply to: Looking to buy new

It looks possible but be sure to ask Samsung if they allow boot from USB. As you know about secure boot in the new UEFI bios I won't write more but only Samsung can answer if they allow that as well as if they offer a CSM setting (Corporate Stable Mode.)

I did try the x86 Android on a few machines (all x86 based) and it does seem fine.

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