How To Run Windows 7/8/10 On x86 Asus Tablet Running Android?

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  1. Anubis2048

    Anubis2048 Junior Member

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    Question in title.
    I have an Asus K010 x86 tablet which has a full Intel chipset. It should be capable of running another OS without using Android to do so... So, is it possible? If not, what would I have to do to access the "BIOS" of the tablet? I really hate running Android on such a powerful tablet, and I would love to see Linux or Windows running on it instead of Android, because of the plethora of applications and tools that I could use on it.

    To make things clear ***I DO NOT WANT TO USE ANY VIRTUAL MACHINES OR EMULATION SOFTWARE**
    I want to get rid of Android and put ANYTHING on the tablet, I don't care. There is *some* source code on the Asus website if that would be needed to enable the BIOS to work with other operating systems.

    Please help me out guys.

    - Thanks
     
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    leeshor Senior Member

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    Welcome to the forum

    I think you are pretty much out of luck. Just because it has an x86 chip does not mean Windows will run on it. There is no BIOS, which is only one of the problems you'll run into. But that's the big one.
     
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    Isn't there already a BIOS built in? How else would the device boot? Why would Intel waste a ton of money on making a specialist "BIOS" that only works with Android when they can just use a standard one with some modifications and run Android that way? It would make it a million times easier to update the tablet, since you don't have to "flash" it, all you would have to do is install it because the bios is unlocked.

    It doesn't make sense financially or logically.

    Are you positive that the Bay Trail x86 Intel tablets cannot be modified to do this?
     
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    We have a forum that specializes in ASUS tablets. I'm sure.

    I don't understand why you insist that anything with an x86 chip must have an accessible BIOS. Android tablets simply use the OS and don't need traditional BIOS. They aren't designed to run Windows, bottom line.
     
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    Even with the source code? I mean, if you have time and the knowledge, it should be doable. I'm sorry if this question annoys you, it's just that I can't do anything with Android, as the whole market is full of cheap apps, and tools like video editing software, or even more specialized applications simply just don't exist. It is very frustrating, and I am more than willing to modify my device. Again, sorry if this bothers you, I just want to get the most out of my tablet. :p
     
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    You aren't bothering me, it's you who is bothered. You're beating a dead horse.
     
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    Don't see how it's dead... The potential in this is amazing. Is it possible to modify a Tablet to do this? I'm talking about bootloader, "BIOS", the whole nine yards, could I modify the source and relflash my device to do what I want? Or is it just the hardware will not allow it?

    That's the real question I want to ask, is the hardware unable to do what I'm saying? Or is it software?
     
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    What you want to do is impossible. The hardware doesn't support it, and even if it was possible, the RAM, CPU, and storage space would all limit what you can do. For something like video editing you need more power than a tablet, even if it runs Windows.

    Android does have Microsoft Office available. Adobe has its software on the platform. I've even seen AutoCAD, though I believe that's just a viewer. Specialty software does exist for Android, but it has to function within the limits of the hardware.
     
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    My tablet has 1GB of RAM, if it cannot run Windows 8, it could easily run a very light Linux distro. I still don't understand why Intel would modify a board in this manner, it's a waste of time and money.

    With the money they used to completely ruin any chance of dual booting, they could have just used a standard bios with a few modifications, that way it's much cheaper to develop, and Android still runs.

    And I refuse to use any "Productivity" apps on Android, as it is just as bad as every other app. The whole app ecosystem on mobile devices is utter trash, nothing but copies of real programs and games. I want Windows on it not for video editing, but just for general tinkering, like testing out OS's without using my main machine to do so...

    If the hardware is not capable, could you explain exactly what they have done to prevent someone from using another OS?
     
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    Also, I would like to note that my Tablet seems to not have a Kernel capable of "loop devices", so if I wanted to run any native Linux VM's, I'm completely out of luck, and Limbo doesn't run on my device either... Probably because it wasn't compiled to run on an Intel chip.
     
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    You keep mentioning Intel modifying the board. Intel makes the CPU, but ASUS makes the board. It's a significant difference. If you want to know why Asus made the design choices they did, ask Asus.
     
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    There are intel x86 tablets that come from factory dual booting android and windows, your device isn't one of them.

    It can't be modified to run windows period.
     

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