Windows is the most popular operating system for PCs and laptops while Android is the most widely used platform for the smartphones and tablets.

Many people still rely on Windows apps for different purposes but is it possible to use them on handheld devices?

Yes! You can do it with a fast internet connection and a virtualization software. Here I will comprehensively guide you how.


Connect your Windows machine to your Smartphone or tablet using Microsoft Remote Desktop app.

This application gives you access to all the programs installed on your PC, but it works only with the certain edition of Windows. Particularly for Windows 7, you will need Ultimate, Professional, and Enterprise while for Windows 8; this utility is available in Pro and Enterprise editions only. In Windows 10, this utility is not available natively.

Given the fact that most of the people use home or basic editions on their PCs, it is not an ideal option.

Although Remote Desktop apps can be used on all Android devices. It will be better if you connect a tablet to your PC using this software instead of a smartphone because you will have to zoom and pan again and again while trying to navigate a Windows which is a fairly difficult task to do on a small screen.

After connecting the two devices, you can run Windows programs using Crossover, a software developed by CodeWeavers. This program was considered as a useful tool to run Windows programs on Mac or LINUX in past and made its appearance on Android just at the end of last year.

Crossover requires an x86 processor and at least 2GB of RAM to run most real-world Windows applications, which limits the availability of this option to certain Android devices.

Like Crossover, another software WINE, which is used to run Windows programs on LINUX, is also poised to make inroads to Android soon.

 Dual-boot Android and Windows Tablets

There are several tablets in the market which allow you to switch between Windows and Android operating systems.

Cube i10 is one of the popular dual-boot tablets. Powered by Intel Z3735 Quad Core 1.8GHz processor, this 10.6-inch device runs on Android 4.4.4 and Windows 8.1 Bing, features 2GB RAM and 32 GB ROM and comes up with a price tag of $130.

You can search more dual-boot tablets on the sites like GearBest, Geekbuying, and TinyDeal.