1. garak0410's Avatar
    Has anyone tried Bluestacks on the Pro 2 yet? I know it quit working with the original Pro and wasn't sure if it works now.

    Also, someone said Bluestacks is also pretty hard to get rid of completely if you want to remove it. Any truth to that?

    Thanks...
    11-11-2013 10:36 AM
  2. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    I have Bluestacks loaded on my Pro 2 and it works just fine. I only have a few of android apps loaded. It installs and uninstall just like any other windows program. Videos in the vine app won't play correctly though.
    11-11-2013 03:16 PM
  3. bluetroll's Avatar
    I ran Geny Motion on my Surface Pro 2.

    It worked, quite well actually.

    When I tried to play Simpsons Tapped Out it would crash and hang the device.
    11-11-2013 03:32 PM
  4. garak0410's Avatar
    I ran Geny Motion on my Surface Pro 2.

    It worked, quite well actually.

    When I tried to play Simpsons Tapped Out it would crash and hang the device.
    Going to give it a shot...funny, my favorite Android game was WARGAMES WOPR...
    11-11-2013 03:54 PM
  5. garak0410's Avatar
    Just installed it...not only did it reboot my Surface Pro 2 at the end of the install without asking, each time I start it, it will reboot my Surface Pro 2.
    11-11-2013 04:17 PM
  6. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Strange. I didn't see either of those reboots.
    11-11-2013 04:23 PM
  7. garak0410's Avatar
    Strange. I didn't see either of those reboots.
    Yeah, it is strange. I keep a pretty clean system too, so nothing funky on it. I removed it right away. That's the main reason for this post as I did hear of reports like this but thought it may be OK.

    By the way...Go Steelers! :)
    11-11-2013 04:32 PM
  8. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Cool. I uninstalled then reinstalled, and didn't have a problem. Strange.

    The Steelers have me nervous every time they play. Lol
    11-11-2013 04:59 PM
  9. FearL0rd's Avatar
    I had it on my original pro and I end uninstalling after I notice that I almost never used it.
    11-11-2013 08:24 PM
  10. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    I'm starting to notice how little I need BS too. I'm thinking about deleting it and finding some of the available alternate app for Win8
    I had it on my original pro and I end uninstalling after I notice that I almost never used it.
    11-12-2013 11:41 AM
  11. MBytes's Avatar
    Bluestacks is impossible to uninstall, it really trashes your system. :/
    I had to spend almost an hour to remove all traces on my desktop computer when I tried it.
    11-12-2013 10:02 PM
  12. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Care to explain why it took an hour and how it trashed your system.
    Bluestacks is impossible to uninstall, it really trashes your system. :/
    I had to spend almost an hour to remove all traces on my desktop computer when I tried it.
    11-13-2013 05:39 AM
  13. MBytes's Avatar
    Care to explain why it took an hour and how it trashed your system.
    Uninstall it, you won't be able to. You'll have left over files everywhere, and registry item, library items, and more.
    11-13-2013 07:27 AM
  14. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    I uninstalled it yesterday [then reinstalled]. I didn't have leftover files. I didn't check for registry items though. Did your computer stop working when you tried to uninstall it?
    11-13-2013 09:11 AM
  15. MBytes's Avatar
    No. But I could not remove Notification App (uninstall process as successfully, but not a single file or registry item was removed), left Library folder, left a bunch of files where it was installed, and left over plenty of registry stuff. It also left startup items that don't exists.

    I am not alone with this, as I did find quiet a bit of help to remove everything from it.
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    11-13-2013 12:16 PM
  16. VKitty's Avatar
    I had to spend almost an hour to remove all traces on my desktop computer when I tried it.
    I just use Revo Uninstaller Pro to uninstall everything I install. It searches the registry for anything that the program leaves behind.. Never really have any problem uninstalling anything.



    As for Blue Stacks.. I have it installed and have never had any problem with it .. I even played the android puzzle game "The Room" with it.
    11-16-2013 01:36 PM
  17. MBytes's Avatar
    Hmm good idea... should have done that.
    11-16-2013 03:05 PM
  18. randomscandinavian's Avatar
    The curiosity became unbearable and I tried Bluestacks. It installed just fine but even the simplest app runs jerkily. Also it kind of feels "unclean" on my brand new Surface Pro 2.

    So I uninstalled it, which went fine. An empty temp folder was left over from its install. I deleted that. Ironically it is Revo Uninstaller that doesn't work for me. It failed to even find Bluestacks installed and then crashed. But the Win 8.1 system seems very capable of uninstalling files by itself.
    12-12-2013 05:01 PM
  19. MBytes's Avatar
    Bluestack is VERY buggy. On my desktop computer (Core i7 930, 6GB of RAM, GeForce GTX 260, ASUS Xonar Essence STX, 256GB SSD), BlueStack ran Android programs well, but games was a flickering mess or missing textures or strange graphical glitches. That aside, uninstalling it was a serious pain. It partially uninstalled, and left a huge mess everywhere. Took me 4h to manually clean everything out. Come to think about it, it would have been faster to format and re-install Windows 8 and all my program. Takes 5min to re-install Windows 8 from scratch, about 15min to get it fully updated, and drivers and about what? 10-15min to upgrade to 8.1 (including downloads) on a clean install. And then just install all my programs and games back which is about 2h work. Anyway, it was a pain, and I tried it on my laptop as well (was about to be formatted in any case, as I wanted to upgrade to 8.1, and I kinda screwed up my system (my fault), runs Windows 8), and it was the same story.

    Very sad.
    It used to be MUCH worst. So I would give it maybe 1-2 years. It's like video game console emulators. It takes a very long time to get it somewhat right. In this case, as it's open source (Android) it's a bit faster. Would ave been, I believe, much faster if it was open source, but oh well... they want to sell it one day.
    12-13-2013 10:49 PM
  20. siulaymama's Avatar
    Bluestacks is hit or missed. Mainly missed on 8.1 boxes - I can't get it run correctly in any of my 8.1 laptop,desktop or tablet. However Windows 7 seems to be fine. Like people already pointed out, a clean uninstall is a major PIB. Developer should really pay more attention in uninstalling process.
    Performance is OK if you have a good machine. It is faster than VirtualBox VM solution. I can't compare it with Workstation VM yet because I can't get android-x86 to run correctly in WS10 because of sound card issues.
    01-09-2014 12:52 PM
  21. fishler's Avatar
    You can download a product called andy - Home - andy
    this will allow you to run an android phone directly from your PC for which you can install any app, different from bluestacks this is an actual phone and not an app player which means you can install any app and use a PC phone, pretty cool!
    04-03-2014 06:38 PM

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