Google Chrome OS is one of the emerging operating systems that’s gaining popularity, primarily due to its growing list of features. Although it was possible to run the Chromium OS (the base version of Chrome OS), on Windows yet it was not possible to run the actual OS. Thanks to its emulator, now one can try out Chrome OS without a Chromebook.
If you are a user looking forward to buying a Chromebook or a developer creating apps for Chrome OS, then this tutorial is for you. In this post, I am going to show you how to install and run Chrome OS on Windows using an emulator. You can explore Chrome OS or its apps without buying the actual hardware.
Note: You must have a working internet connection (a high-speed connection is not necessary but recommended else it will take more time) for this tutorial.
First of all, you must install Android Studio — even if you only wish to try out the Chrome OS because its emulator works just in Android Studio as of now. Please follow the below steps to install it:
Many modern CPUs can use extensions to accelerate running VMs (virtual machines). Though you can run a VM without enabling this acceleration yet it is recommended to allow it for the smooth functioning of the VMs.
Follow the given instructions to activate acceleration for VMs:
You must get the system image of Chrome OS to run it virtually on the emulator. It is possible to get its image through the Android Studio SDK Manager. You can download the image by following the steps given below:
Now, you have the system image for Chrome OS, so you can create a virtual device to run Chrome OS on the emulator. Follow the below steps to do it:
That is all about installing and running Chrome OS without a Chromebook. Do note that this tutorial was created on Windows, but you can follow it on any platform with minor changes here and there. So, how was your experience?
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