PrimeOS is an Android-x86 based OS which provides desktop experience on any x86 based device providing user top of the line features like multi-windowtaskbar and deca-pro key mapper for gamers.

The Android operating system is quite versatile and while most people may think of it for mobile only, it can actually be installed on a number of different platforms. Bluestacks is probably one of the most popular options to get Android installed on a desktop or laptop, but XDA Junior Member TeamPrimeOS recently released PrimeOS as an alternative for using Android on some older PCs.

PrimeOS has been forked from the Android-x86 project so if you’re familiar with it then you will likely feel right at home here. However, Team Prime OS has tweaked their project a bit and is currently promoting the following features.

Feature Highlights

Desktop Experience

  • Multiple features to give desktop experience like start menu, taskbar etc.
  • Multi-window support with maximize, minimize, close, resize etc.
  • Option to disable multi-window for any app in case you need.
  • General keyboard shortcuts like alt + tab, alt + f4, win + d etc.
  • Close to AOSP experience with only necessary desktop features.
  • Taskbar with ability to pin apps, show notification and system icons.

Android Gaming

  • Decapro key mapping tool to play games with keyboard and mouse (Press F12).
  • Pre mapped some popular games like PUBG, Subway surf etc.
  • GPU tools are available to fake gpu info for any game.

Others

  • Opengapps included, no need to install them manually.
  • OTA support is available but only if you install in EXT4 RW partition.
  • Feedback app is available for you guys to share your thoughts.
  • Up-streamed kernel to google LTS linux 4.9.x.

It should be noted that the PrimeOS installer is currently in development. It will be released soon but those who want to check out this software now can download the ISO and follow the steps included in the linked thread below to get it installed.

There are also some bugs that should be made aware of before anyone dives in here. We’re told that Bluetooth does not work on some devices, there may be some hardware specific issues (such as the trackpad, audio, and WiFi) on some devices as well. However, if you notice anything that isn’t working as it should, Team PrimeOS asks that you report the issue and they will do their best to get things working properly.

From PrimeOS 0.4.3, this has changed, now have three variants depending on hardware, please read below very carefully and decide which one suits you best.

PrimeOS Mainline 64 bit (for newest systems 2014+) –

Use this variant only if you have a cpu which was manufactured in or after year 2014, For example -> [ IntelCore i series 5th gen or above OR Intel celeron N4000 OR AMD A8 7410 etc. ] Also make sure that your CPU has SSE 4.2 instruction support, just enter your cpu model on google and you can find all this info easily. This variant of PrimeOS will work well for both Intel and AMD GPUs, however, if you use a desktop and have a Nvidia GPU, you should not use this variant as it will cause lockups and will lead to freezes, but if you have a laptop, your Intel gpu will work well instead of Nvidia. In case you get any graphic glitches on this variant, you should switch to PrimeOS Standard.
This variant of PrimeOS will be using 4.19 kernel and 18.1.0 mesa, once you install this variant of PrimeOS, you will always get OTA of this variant only, in case you want to switch to the other variant (for older systems), you must re-install PrimeOS.

PrimeOS Standard 64 bit (for newer systems 2011+) –

Use this variant only if you have a cpu which was manufactured in or after year 2011, For example -> [ IntelCore i series 2nd gen or above OR Intel celeron N3350OR AMD A8 5550M etc. ] Also make sure that your CPU has SSE 4.2 instruction support, just enter your cpu model on google and you can find all this info easily. This variant of PrimeOS will work well for Older Intel, AMD, Nvidia GPUs.
This variant of PrimeOS will be using 4.14 kernel and 17.1.10 mesa, once you install this variant of PrimeOS, you will always get OTA of this variant only, in case you want to switch to the other variant (for older systems), you must re-install PrimeOS.

PrimeOS Classic 32 bit (for older systems) –

Use this variant if you have a cpu which was manufactured before year 2011, For example ->[ Intel Core i series 1st gen or below OR Intel Pentium dual core OR Intel Pentium G620 OR AMD Phenom II X6 1100T etc. ] Just enter your cpu model on google and you can find this info easily. This variant of PrimeOS will work well for all Old Intel, Old AMD and Old Nvidia GPUs. This version will also work on 32-bit systems, In case you cannot boot this variant of PrimeOS, you should try using PrimeOS standard or mainline.
This variant of PrimeOS will be using 4.14 kernel and 17.1.10 mesa, once you install this variant of PrimeOS, you will always get OTA of this variant only, in case you want to switch to the other variant (for older systems), you must re-install PrimeOS.

Installation Process Through Installer (UEFI 64-bit only)

PrimeOS installer has been launched for installing PrimeOS in 64 bit UEFI systems in dual-boot mode alongside Windows.

Download the installer and follow the steps below for installing PrimeOS

  1. Launch the exe program and choose the drive from which you want to make a partition for PrimeOS.
  2. Input the space in MB for the new PrimeOS partition.
  3. Proceed to installation.
  4. Note : Ignore all the cmd and disk manager pop ups for formatting the new partition.
  5. The system will restart and installation process will begin.
  6. After installation, you will have the boot menu for both PrimeOS and Windows.

Manual Installation Process

USB stick / Flash Drive guide:

  1. For this method, you need Etcher / Rufus, PrimeOS iso file. We recommend you to use a decent speed USB drive (8GB or larger).
  2. For flashing PrimeOS to the USB drive, plug in your USB drive and launch Etcher / Rufus. Now select PrimeOS iso file, create the bootable USB.
  3. Note: Be careful with the steps below and backup your data if you’re not sure about what you are doing.
  4. For installing PrimeOS on your HDD/SSD/SDcard, first create a new partition for PrimeOS ( suggested minimum size is 16GB ).
  5. Turn off secure boot of your device and then boot up the PrimeOS USB by pressing esc or F12, depending on your bios menu key and selecting the PrimeOS USB to boot from.
  6. Select the ‘Install PrimeOS option from GRUB menu.
  7. The installer will load, and you will have an option to choose which partition you created earlier. Choose it, and select Ext4 for formatting the drive.
  8. When it asks if you want to install System as R/W (Read/Write), select YES, otherwise the OTA functionality will break.
  9. When it asks if you want to install Grub, select YES.
  10. When finished, the installer will then ask if you want to run PrimeOS, you can just reboot here, and make sure you remove the USB drive.

Download link below :


Mainline (for newest systems 2014+) –


Standart (for newer systems 2011+) –


Classic (for older systems) –