Dual booting Windows OS with some other OS is a common thing today, and it has been in practice since the era of Windows 98. What if we talk about dual booting a Windows Mobile Pocket PC with another OS then it would definitely surprise few.
Google launched their Android Mobile OS for smartphone, mobile hackers started tweaking this OS and have already achieved alot.
Cyber Weesje from Smatphonejukie is the first person to develop an Application “Gen.Y DualBOOT” that allows Windows Mobile users to use Dual boot feature in their pocket PC.
How it Works
OS is integrated with firmware on ROM (read-only Memory) of a device, for a mobile device, the ROM space is not enough to have another OS, so the solution was to use some other memory as ROM (in this procedure it can be either Internal Storage or Storage Card).
For a device to use this software it must be installed with Custom-Built Android OS ROM (XDAndroid) at the root of the storage (either “\Internal storage\haret.exe” or “\storage card\haret.exe”). Haret is emulation software which runs Android from within Windows Mobile OS.
Note: The mobile devices not having a custom Android ROM with Haret from xda-developers cannot use this application.
The dual booting application must be installed in the internal memory (neither internal storage nor storage card) otherwise the application will not run at boot.
How to Install Gen.Y Dual Boot With Heret
Follow these easy steps to get this application working!
1. Download custom Android ROM cab files with Haret for your Windows Mobile device. You can use these download links with instructions on the official forums.
HTC Touch Diamond2 or AT&T Pure
HTC Touch Pro2 or AT&T Tilt 2
HTC Touch HD
HTC Touch Pro, AT&T Fuze, XDA Serra or MDA Vario IV
2. Install the XDAndroid by extracting the cab or zip files to phone’s internal or external memory, then run “haret.exe” to boot Android.
3. Download “Gen.Y DualBOOT cab file“. Install it to main memory.
Note: There are various version of the application for QVGA, VGA and WVGA screen resolution. So make sure to select the correct file to install.
4. Now reboot your device and you will find a Bootloader screen at startup. There will be a small delay as the application is loaded after core files of Windows Mobile.
On the Bootloader screen you will find various options as shown in screenshot. Start your smartphone with OS of your choice 🙂
If you face any problems, let us know and we will try to help you out.