Bluestacks is an famous and free Android emulator that can be installed on latest Windows 10, Windows 8.1, 8 and 7 laptops and desktops to use Android apps such as games, messaging apps etc. According to Microsoft, Bluestacks 0.7 and later versions are fully compatible with Windows 8.1. Also the latest version of Bluestacks 0.9 works well on Windows 10. Below you will find useful information about how to install Bluestacks on Windows 10 and 8.1. You will find the link to get offline Bluestacks installer that can be used on a Windows computer which doesn’t have internet connectivity. There is a solution available to fix Graphics card error on Windows computer at end of this guide.
Bluestacks Android emulator requires a decent video display card on the host computer and it uses the PC’s Graphics library (GL) drivers and VGA display hardware. Therefore you might face some issues if your computer display card or display drivers are not compatible (or out of date) with latest Bluestacks on Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, 7. You can find more information about Bluestacks’s support page here.
We have earlier published several guides by using Bluestacks on Windows 8.1 such as Candy Crush Saga and WhatsApp on PC. Do not download older or unofficial versions of Bluestacks, because it will give trouble in playing latest Android apps on your Windows 10 or Windows 8.1 computers.
Make sure your computer meets following hardware requirements for Bluestacks,
a) Minimum 2 GB RAM on the host computer
b) A decent display (VGA) card, onboard display cards may give some troubles
c) The latest updated display (VGA card) driver
Online- How to Install Bluestacks on Windows 10 or Windows 8.1/7
1) Download the latest package from official site here.
2) You must be connected to internet to continue the process . After executing the file, it will download several packages and libraries from internet.
The following installation screenshot has been taken from Windows 10 PC, therefore its safe to install it on latest Windows 10 and older versions like Windows 8.1 and 7.
Select the appropriate options, select all of them in this case.
Sit back and relax, it will be downloading required files from internet and do the installation.
Bluestacks Graphic Card 25000 Error Fix
During the online installation you may get an error of 25000 which is related to display card. As we said earlier, the PC’s display card plays major role in Bluestacks technology, the error indicates some issues on the display card or drivers. The first thing you need to check is the ‘updated driver of your display card’.
Do a Windows update (mostly it will detect if there is a driver update available for particular display (VGA) card, or visit the vendor’s website and update the drivers. Restart will be required after updating display drivers, continue the Bluestacks installation after it.
You can find other solutions from this link to fix graphic card error 25000 in Windows 10, 8.1 or Windows 8/7.
3) Once the installation is completed, you need to configure the app store and sync devices options. You can use existing or create a new Gmail account for this purpose.
4) There you go, now you can access your favorite apps from Google play through Bluestacks in Windows 10 and 8.1.
Mac users can check our guide shows how to install Bluestacks on Mac OS X, which needs few specific settings and methods.
Bluestacks Offline Installer for Windows 8/8.1/10- Installation Steps
The first method required internet connectivity and this method can be done offline without internet connectivity. I’m demonstrating these steps on Windows 8.1 computer, therefore it should work fine on Windows 8, Windows 7 and Vista too. Installation is straightforward like other normal Windows programs.
I have not tried this offline method on latest Windows 10, so I’m not sure how it’s going work!.
5) Download the official offline installer package from this site, it’s an EXE file.
6) Execute and install it.
You can continue the installation with both below options selected.
During the installation you may get an error related to display card driver (like 25000 error). You must update VGA/display drivers file from products vendor site or Windows update to solve this issue.
7) Once the installation is completed, you will land on the home screen of Bluestacks app player which is installed in offline mode.
As usual Google account needs to be setup before accessing Google Play and download apps.
This will be a great way of using Google Play apps, games including kik for PC on Windows 10,8.1 or 8/7 desktops and laptops.