Can a Kindle Fire Run Windows Apps?

Make your Kindle's home screen look like a Windows desktop.
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Since the Kindle Fire uses the Android operating system, it's not compatible with Windows Metro-style applications. However, several Windows Start screen emulators are available from the Amazon App Store. While these application launchers don't actually include Windows software, they provide a Windows look and feel as well as the familiar Start screen icons.

1 Windows Start Screen Launcher

The Kindle Fire's default application launcher is a program simply called Launcher. This software determines your home screen icon arrangement and provides simple animations when programs are launched. Many third-party launchers are available through the Amazon App Store, including several Windows Start screen emulators, such as Windows 8 Metro Launcher, Metro Style Launcher and WP8 Widget Launcher (links in Resources). If you install multiple launchers, the Kindle operating system prompts you to choose a default launcher when you open a program.

2 Windows Desktop on the Kindle

After installing a Windows Start screen emulator, open any application on your Kindle. A pop-up window prompts you to choose a launcher, which you can set as default by selecting “Use by Default for This Action.” With this software installed, your home screen icons look like Metro-style icons, but when you tap them, you open your usual Kindle applications. For example, tapping the “Internet Explorer” icon launches your Kindle's default Web browser.

David Wayne has been writing since 2010, with technology columns appearing in several regional newspapers in Texas. Wayne graduated from the University of Houston in 2005, earning a Bachelor of Arts in communications.