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For some reason, someone got Windows 7 running on an Asus ZenFone 2

Asus Zenfone 2
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Regardless of which version of the Asus ZenFone 2 you get, it’ll be powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor. As such, XDA member ycavan decided to take advantage of it by installing Windows 7 on it, reports XDA Developers.

Thanks to the Atom processor that powers the ZenFone 2, Windows 7 actually runs at near-native speeds, ensuring the possibility of installing Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or even Windows 10. Moreover, there were no major bugs during the Windows 7 install, so running the operating system should provide users with a relatively pain-free experience.

As for how to install Windows 7 on the ZenFone 2, however, the process is not for the faint of heart. For starters, you will need to have root access to the ZenFone 2, and will also need to unlock its bootloader in order to install the new kernel. You can then choose to partition the phone’s storage, whether the internal storage or the Micro SD card, and you will then need to run a slew of terminal commands.

Zenfone 2 Qemu-KVM kernel running Windows, rendered with aSpice

When all is said and done, Windows 7 should begin installation on a virtual machine.

Zenfone 2 Qemu-KVM kernel running Windows, rendered with aSpice

There are a few things to keep in mind, the biggest of which simply involves the remarkable ability to install Windows 7 on the ZenFone 2. Because other Android handsets use ARM-based chipsets, such as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors, the same steps will not work for them.

It’s also worth noting that there is no Direct3D compatibility, though that could change in the near future. Finally, battery life will naturally take a hit, because Windows 7 will be running in a virtual machine inside of Android instead of being on its own. In other words, this process will not wipe Android from the ZenFone 2, so do not expect anywhere near stellar battery life.

Regardless, this is an exciting development for enthusiasts looking to go ultra-portable with their Windows operating systems. You can check out the entire thread here if you’re interested in making the jump.

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