Chrome OS is an open-sourced Linux-based OS designed by Google. The operating system comes preinstalled on some select devices. It is fast, stable, and secure. Most of us usually don’t have devices that support chrome OS but anyways we always have alternatives for Windows. We can definitely run Chrome OS on our Windows-powered PC. Go through this tutorial to learn how to run Chrome OS on Windows.
Run Chrome OS on Windows PC
These are the three ways to run Chrome OS on Windows.
- Using Google Chrome
- Using VirtualBox
- Using Windows Image Writer
While it works, be aware there will be bugs around.
1] Using Google Chrome
Step 1: To run this OS, you need Google Chrome. The Canary is the early build of new features of Chrome which is usually for developers and geeks, but even if you aren’t one, you can still download and install it on your PC.
Click here to download Google Chrome Canary.
Step 2: The installation process is as usual very easy and used to. Once the installation completes. You need to run Google Chrome Canary. Go to Settings and then click on ‘Open Ash Desktop’ button or simply you can press Ctrl+Shift+A and a new Chrome OS window will pop out.
2] Using VirtualBox
In this way, we will virtualize the Chrome OS on your Windows PC. For this, you surely need Virtualbox or VMware. Well, Google doesn’t provide us their official OS downloads but we will use the unofficial OS build.
Step 1: Visit chromeos.hexxeh.net which is the OS download page. Click on the virtual box icon to download the image file for Virtualbox. Download and install VirtualBox.
Step 2: Run Virtualbox and create a new virtual machine. Choose the OS type as Linux and use the downloaded image file. Select the desired memory that you want to have on your Chrome OS system. Finally, run the machine and enjoy the virtual Chrome OS.
3] Using Windows Image Writer
You can even install Chrome OS onto your USB drive and boot your PC from the USB drive, for this, you need to follow these steps.
Step 1: Download USB images of unofficial Chrome OS built from the link mentioned above. Download Windows Image Writer from here. Select the downloaded image file and then select your USB drive and click Write. A minimum of 4GB USB drive is recommended.
Step 2: Reboot your PC from the same USB drive. You’ve got your portable Chrome OS!
Chrome OS for PC is a good way to have a look at the OS without having a Chrome Device. The OS we’ve used in our tutorial is the unofficial build by Hexxeh but still, it works well! No doubt the OS runs smoothly on a PC.
Go here if you want to find out how to install ChromeOS on an old laptop using Chromefy.
Is Google Chrome OS available for download?
Unlike Windows, Google Chrome OS is not available to download directly. Google offers it through OEM. and they come preinstalled on the Chromebooks. However, there are ways to download it and install it on Windows that we have discussed in the post. That said, along with the software, the requirement for the drivers is equally important, and that’s where things can get a little tough.