Hyper-V Program Manager
This is a post that I have been meaning to do for a while now: how to install Android 2.2 in Hyper-V. While Android is designed for smart phones – there are a number of ports out there for running on standard computers. Today I am going to show you how to get Android 2.2 running in a Hyper-V virtual machine. It is an older version of Android – but it is also the easiest version to get working well inside of Hyper-V.
To start with you are going to need to get the x86 install media for Android 2.2. You can download this from here:
Next you are going to want to create a virtual machine with:
Then connect the ISO file to the DVD-ROM drive of the virtual machine and boot it up. You should soon see a boot menu where you can select Installation – Install Android-x86 to harddisk:
(You can use the Live CD options – but I prefer to have a real install).
At this point you will get dumped into text mode to do some partitioning. First select to Create / Modify partitions
This will take you to the partitioning tool:
Here you will need to:
Now you will have a new partition that you can select for the installation:
After selecting the partition you will need to format it (I went with ext3)
Then you will have to wait for a while for the partition to be formatted.
Next select to install the GRUB boot loader:
Decide if you want /system to be read-write (I chose Yes):
Finally reboot – and remember to remove the ISO file (so you do not just boot off of it again):
You now have Android 2.2 working on Hyper-V:
Everything should function correctly (including networking) however there is no support for sound. Luckily that does not stop the games from working:
(Note – I rarely crash on Lunar Lander, but I had to take my hands off the keyboard to take the screenshot, and this was the natural result).
Anyway, I hope you found this interesting. Tomorrow I will be back to talking about Windows Server “8”.
Umm, slightly embarrassed to ask, but for those of us who've never used one, can you point to a cheat-sheet of keystrokes?
Neat. Any chance there's a way to get WP7 running in a VM?
WP7 isn't open source, that's why we can download Android.
Nice timing for your lockscreen screenshot there Ben ;)
I know WP7 isn't open source, but there has to be some way to dev for WP7 without having a device on hand.
Nice post, i gonna try it!
Actually, that is a complete coincidence. I did not know what you were talking about until I checked myself - pretty neat :-)
Wonder when someone will patch the kernel using the Hyper-V integration services, so that android runs even better.
1) I am having a little trouble getting the network connection to pick up? Anything in particular that needs be done in Hyper V settings?
2) The keyboard is a little difficult to figure out. Any easy shortcuts you might have for navigation and unlocking the OS.
How about an update? Android 4.3 code.google.com/.../detail installs fine on Hyper-V, even on Client Hyper-V on Windows 8.1.
But I'm missing network and mouse support. Maybe you have some spare time to give some tips to enable networking and mouse support.
Getting networking to work, I can think of many nice things to build test automations with Powershell scripts.
Sorry for the previous post. Everything is working fine now. I think I was a little bit too impatient.
Networking with legacy adapter works!
Mouse works if I'm not using Remote Desktop to my Hyper-V machine, so I have to work on the physikal Hyper-V machine. In general for Hyper-V-Next: This is sometimes annoying espacially when working with linux derivates.
Some Keys for working with android X86 emulator on Hyper-V:
ALT+F9: Sets screen to normal orientation
ALT+F10: Rotates screen to left
ALT+F11: Rotates screen to right
ALT+F12: Flips screen
ALT+F1: shows the root terminal
ALT+TAB: switching between Apps
ALT+LEFT: skipping between screens
ALT+ESC: Goes back to home screen