How to install Android 3.0 Honeycomb and test it on Windows 7 Computer

If you are already excited looking at Android 3.0 Honeycomb Features which is said to be awesome OS for Tablets, then try it on your Windows computer using emulator without actually buying any Android 3.0 Tablet.

1. Download Android 3.0 SDK from official site. I recommend Installer version for maximum simplicity. It will prompt to you to install Java SE Development Kit if not already installed.

2. When the installation is complete, program will self run and you’ll be asked to choose packages to install. From here, you have select only Android 3.0 components necessary. Android 3.0 on Windows

By default, all are checked as Accept and hence, you will have to Reject components by selecting them individually except Android SDK Platform-tools, version 3 and Android Platform SDK 3.0, API11, Revision 1

Android 3.0 on Windows

3. After downloading and installation of above components is finished, create AVD (Android Virtual Device). You need to take care of every step and whether you are getting errors. If you continue with errors, probably the Honeycomb system won’t boot up as well. So perform the steps carefully.




Android 3.0 on Windows

Android 3.0 on Windows

4. Start the created Virtual Device.

Android 3.0 on Windows

First Boot will take few minutes but be patient and wait for device to start.

Install Android 3.0 on Windows

Install Android 3.0 on Windows

Install Android 3.0 on Windows

That’s all, you can also refer our tutorial on installing Android 2.2 on Windows Computer if you want to test Froyo.


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Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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  1. vedika says:

    which link i have to click for the installer version after reaching your SITE link

    please be specific.

    thanking you


  2. Anish K.S says:

    nice tutorial rohit, me now trying the same.

  3. Jaspreet says:

    I’ve been following your blog and updates for quite a while now, and must say that you have the perfect mix of uniqueness and news to keep the users engaged and delighted! 🙂 Great stuff!! Great article.. thanks.

  4. Anish K.S says:

    Rohit, its failed. not loading. just 50% and 🙁

  5. chandu says:

    hi Rohit,
    i tried to install the sdk.but it gave an error.the screen shot is i did install jdk.but that isn’t working.

  6. chandu says:

    i did restrated the android sdk installer.but the problem still persists.

  7. chandu says:

    After installing JDK, i did restart the android JDK installer.still the same problem.

  8. chandu says:

    sorry for the double post delete this and the above post

  9. titan says:

    for installing sdk,atfirst install jdk,then click on sdk.It will show you inactive next button,dont panic,just click on back button.Then click next..Aha bingo….

  10. chandu says:

    wow that worked.i never would have thought of that.thanks

  11. Luis says:

    Hello, is it possible to install Honeycomb as main operation system on a PC?

  12. Rajat Goel says:

    Emulator isn’t working… it just gives a black screen with “android” written on it and a blinking cursor along with a message poping up saying “Error Loading Preferences”

  13. Charles says:


    I own a Samsung Q1 Ultra with Windows XP (near a peace of sh….). I would like to ask you if there is any way to install an Android 3.0 on it. I was looking for an instalation package from Androd but can not find it anywhere.

    Would you please help me with this?



  14. Ganesh says:

    Is there way to get Android Market also? I only found Android Market available in android 1.5

  15. Lis Hung says:

    Hi you all,
    I got the same problem as Rajat Goel. At first, I wasn’t loading at all, so I change the screen resolution to 1024×600 (as shown in my specifications), and it started to load. But, black screen with Android on it is as far I got. I have an EeePC with touchscreen windows 7. Anyone got an idea. Thanks a lot.

  16. zaher says:

    Very Nice Rohit .. Its very useful , I have Just Installed Honeycomb 3.2

  17. Michael says:

    Man help me!!!
    I stuck at the “Starting Emulator ”
    and it says :invalid command-line parameter: Files\Android\android-sdk\tools/emulator-arm.exe.
    Hint: use ‘@foo’ to launch a virtual device named ‘foo’.
    please use -help for more information

  18. Len says:

    Please help me!
    when i start the AVD i get this error message:
    PANIC: Could not open: C:\Users\Lenhome\.android/avd/Len.ini

    i also notice a different/new field (CPU/ABI) when creating or editing the AVD: it’s the field wich automaticly selects: ARM (armeabi.
    Is this causing the error message?


  19. mr77 says:

    i got htc magic and am looking for update >>> can someone tell me how do i get the update from internet …. i need it plz .. heeeeeelp …

  20. N.S.Venkat says:

    Dear Mr.Rohit,
    Please advise whether I can use a bootable USB pen drive of 8 GB to install the Android 3 version, and how to boot the same from my Windows 7 NetBook.

  21. valpar says:

    when i started to launch it, it says that:
    invalid command-line parameter: Files\Android\android-sdk\tools/emulator-arm.exe.
    Hint: use ‘@foo’ to launch a virtual device named ‘foo’.
    please use -help for more information

    what should i do now?
    did i made something wrong….
    i followed all instructions correctly…
    please help me..

  22. Thuso says:

    I have installed Android 3.2 on my Gigabyte Touch Screen machine running on Win 7 Enterpise carefully following your instructions, very good! The machine a T1005M Model, 10.1″ Screen, Running on N550 Intel Atom, with 2G DDR3.

    The only problem I have here is that Android is running extremely slow on operation, when loading it takes almost 10 minutes before I can be able to see the icons or the buttons including the clock. At that time while waiting, I will be seeing Android on the center of the screen scanning silver.

    Any suggestions to solve the speed problem?


  23. alfred says:

    Please help.
    I just bought an Acer Iconia Tab W500 running W7 os.
    I want to know whether I can install Android 3.0
    Your help will be much appreciated
    Thank you, alfred

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