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How to Install ChromeOS in a Virtual Machine

Updated on June 2, 2013

How to Install ChromeOS in a Virtual Machine

Have you wanted to experiment with ChomeOS without purchasing a Chromebook? Before I purchased my Chromebook, I used this operating system in a virtual machine, and found that I really liked it! I will explain how to download and install the Hexxeh Chromium OS Vanilla in a virtual machine.

Download ChromeOS

First, we will download the files necessary to run the operating system in a virtual machine. Go to Scroll to the bottom of the screen, and click the appropriate button for the virtualization software you will use. Select the newest build. For me that is 4028. There are two options, VMWare and VirtualBox. Select the one you will be using. Tick "I have read the above: " and click Download. When it is finished downloading, move the file to the desired directory and extract it.

Change the Network Adapter Settings

You can setup the virtual machine, but do not run it. When you download it, the network adapter settings are wrong, and it will not completely install.

Go to the directory of the VM. Find the .vmx file and open it with a text editor, notepad will work. Add the following line to the bottom:

ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"

After you finish this, save the file and run the virtual machine.

Installing the Machine

When the operating system boots up, select your language and keyboard layout. The network should be: Ethernet. Leave that the way it is. Click continue. Sign into your Google account. If you do not have one, create one, you also may click browse as a guest, but if you do, nothing will be saved on the machine. Click sign in. Chose an account picture and click OK. And you are done! You should not be about to use ChromeOS with all of its features.


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      Eliisabet 3 years ago

      I appreciate your kind and geeoruns advice a lot!. I have been trying it hardly and did not get those amazing results!. It is nice to see that you got my comment in a good way!God bless you!VA:F [1.9.10_1130]please wait VA:F [1.9.10_1130](from 0 votes)

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks. I'd appreciate any comments, votes, or shares on my hubs, as it helps get the word out. And I'm glad you can follow my lead to success!

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      Phillip Rearick 5 years ago from Powell, Ohio

      SidKemp, I am glad to hear your new machine solved you problems. Thank you so much for the comment! I will definitely be considering how to interlink hubs and write hubs that relate more to each other. That is a great suggestion!

      edit: I just took a look at the hubs you mentioned. I do see how you link to other hubs. Also, I think that visually, your hubs are extremely appealing, I like that a lot!

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks, Phillip!

      Two notes: Personally, I just got a Windows 7 machine that solved all my current problems. I'm an ex-techie and a user, so I'm not hunting or experimenting at the OS level right now.

      And a suggestion for your success as a hubber: Cross-link your hubs. What you wrote in the comment above would be absolutely great in a sidebar text capsule in your hub, or embedded right in the text flow. For example, you could say: Don't know which VM to choose. See [article title with link]. You can find examples of this in my hubs on Go Green, self-evaluation, or 7 Habits. There's evidence that if we create related hubs and interlink them, we get substantially more traffic. (A hubber wrote about this and suggested 15-40 hubs per topic area.)

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      Phillip Rearick 5 years ago from Powell, Ohio

      Hey SidKemp! Thanks for the comment. Here is a Hub I made with more information on VMs ( I would like to make a Hub soon on the difference between VMWare and VirtualBox. Both are supported by Mac, Linux, and Windows. VirtualBox is free. VMWare has more support, but their free version is not as full. They have a commercial version that is better than VirtualBox though. ChromeOS is based in Linux and uses very few resources. It will work on any OS that supports VMs. Chrome OS does not offer much in a virtual machine. I would use it to test the OS before buying a Chromebook. The Chromebook has a lot of advantages over Windows and Mac, see my 2-part Review here: ,,

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      Sid Kemp 5 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      This is a good set of directions for those in the know about virtual machines. But I'm way out of date (haven't managed a VM in over 10 years). What operating systems support virtual machines that will run Chrome OS? How do you choose between VMWare and VirtualBox?

      And what does Chrome OS offer that makes it worth the trouble?


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