How to install emteria.OS on Intel x86 (NUC)

This tutorial shows you step-by-step how to flash emteria.OS, configure your x86 device, and afterwards install emteria.OS

Note: Supported are x86 devices with Intel Core i3-, i5-, i7-, and i9-CPUs starting with the 8th generation (Coffee Lake).

The emteria.OS release for x86 is based on Intel's Celadon Project, which accelerates development, improves efficiency, and enables reliable scaling.

Flash an USB stick:

  1. Download emteria installer.
  2. Read our tutorial on where to find and download the installer for your OS.

  3. Choose a USB stick with a size of 16 GB to 128 GB for the installation of emteria.OS
  4. Follow these steps to flash emteria.OS:
    Caution: all data on the USB stick will be removed first!
  5. When the installer finishes, take your USB stick out of your computer and connect it to your Intel x86 device, e.g. a NUC, and power the device.

Device preparation:

  1. Plug the flashed USB stick in any USB port of your target x86 device
  2. Power the device and enter the BIOS options
  3. Select the USB stick to boot from first
  4. In boot options disable "Secure Boot":
  5. In "Security Features" enable "Intel Virtualization Technology" and "Intel VT-d":
  6. Save your settings and reboot


When booting from the flashed USB stick, you are presented with seven boot options:

  1. Install with VirtIO
    This is a fallback installation when your BIOS does not have any Intel VT-d option and booting with GVT-d does not work. Before installing with VirtIO you should first try live boot with VirtIO.
  2. Install
    This is the default installation using GVT-d. Before installing you should try live boot with GVT-d, option six first. During installation you must select a storage device to install to. Be aware that all data on this storage device will be wiped before installation. 
  3. Boot live with VirtIO
    Live booting using VirtIO as virtualisation. This is a fallback option. Try live boot with GVT-d first, which option six.
  4. Boot live with GVT (without evdev inputs)
  5. Boot live with GVT (debug mode)
  6. Boot live with GVT
    This option let's you boot right into emteria.OS without altering your internal storage. Some restrictions may apply, e.g. Ethernet may not be available and any changes are not saved. Live boot is meant for testing purposes to confirm compatibility and successful booting. Afterwards an installation is recommended.
  7. Reboot into firmware interface
    This option reboots your device into BIOS options

Note: If you don't select a boot option within five seconds "Boot live with GVT" is performed automatically.

Booting emteria.OS from the flashed USB stick:

  1. Select "Boot live with GVT" to try emteria.OS on your Intel x86 device: 
  2. This option directly boots into emteria.OS. You should see the emteria boot animation and shortly afterwards the Android home screen. 

Installing emteria.OS on target device from USB stick:

  1. Select "Install" and press enter:
  2. Follow the installation instructions
  3. After installation you can remove the USB stick and adjust the boot order in BIOS