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    I am currently trying to make a computer run android's operating system or just the ability to run android games. If there is a way to have the computer boot into android's OS then id like to know how to, and any information on the topic along with notes from other users that has done this (if any)

    Update: I am not looking for a emulator but instead the ISO to boot directly into. id love to have the android ISO that's used on the phones.
     

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    Sure can! Assuming you're using Linux on your computer [like you do on your phone], Anbox should be right up your alley.

    It is not an emulator; it will not boot into Android; it will, however, let you run your favorite Android apps seamlessly.

    If you're not using Linux...I can't help you...
     
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    There is no such thing as 'the Android ISO that's used on the phones'. Android being an Open Source project there is the source code where you can download and compile it yourself but keep in mind Android is not like Windows or MacOS where you can install it off of some kind of Install media. Android devices instead get 'installed' (more commonly referred to a 'flashed') using ROMs. But each device has its own unique ROM and ROMs are not interchangeable with each other. A Windows Install disc will contain all the elements needed for the base Windows install along with a curated collection of drivers and related support files that may or may not be used according to the individual hardware configuration of the computer (they get installed when needed or the installer has to manually install/configure the necessary firmware/driver/etc.). But with Android, there is no 'universal ROM' that works on every Android device, nor is there a ROM that contains all the firmware/drivers for every Android device. Each ROM gets built to match the hardware configuration of just the mobile device it's intended to be flashed onto.
    So you might want to rethink your strategy on avoiding emulators and read through the previous suggestions by @n0tall0wed and @MoodyBlues again. There are also some other options to consider like installing a Chrome OS or Chromium OS alternative using something like VirtualBox:
    https://alternatives.how2shout.com/software/cloudready-alternative-os/
    While running Android apps in Chrome OS isn't at 100% it's come a long way.
    Or maybe something like Android-x86 might suffice
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android-x86
    https://www.android-x86.org/
     
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    Android X86 can be fussy about the hardware it runs on. I had a Dell Inspiron happily dual booting Android 7 and Mint, but it wouldn't boot on my Toshiba Satellite, or my Gigabyte Sniper / Core i7 desktop
     

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