The Chrome OS is the operating system developed by Google focusing on cloud and more modest computers, such as netbooks and certain ultra-thin notebooks. Working in sync with the services and applications like Gmail, Google Drive and the online office suite company, Chrome OS aims to cater to a niche of consumers who want to have a computer just to access the internet , read emails and work.
Although only be found in specific computers called Chromebooks , Chrome OS is an operating system open source created based on the browser Google Chrome. Of course, there are already several versions of software available on the internet for those who want to try it.
If you are one of these people, know that you can test Chrome OS on your computer safely and practicality creating a virtual machine to run it – without any need for installation or uninstallation of your current operating system.
How To Run And Test The Google Chrome OS On Your PC/Computer
Check out the walkthrough below and install today a copy of the Chrome OS on your computer with the help of software virtualization VirtualBox.
Download VirtualBox for your operating system. In our tests, we downloaded the 64-bit version for Windows 8.1.
Run the file and make the VirtualBox installation normally, including allowing the creation of new network interfaces when prompted.
Getting Chrome OS
There are several builds of Chrome OS created by developers around the world and available for free. In our tests, we chose the version found on the site chromeos.hexxeh.net , which already offers ready builds for use in VirtualBox and VMWare, plus a version that can be installed on USB sticks.
In chromeos.hexxeh.net , choose a version of the build to download. We did download the version 4028.
Unzip the contents of the .zip file that contains a Virtual Hard Disk file (with the extension .vdi). This is the “hard drive” the virtual machine that will be created in VirtualBox and comes with a build of Chrome OS preinstalled.
Creating the virtual machine
With VirtualBox already installed, follow these instructions:
In VirtualBox home screen, click the “New” icon.
Name the new virtual machine to be created and select “Linux” and “Other Linux” in the check boxes. Click “Next”;
On the next screen, select the memory size RAM to be shared between the actual computer and the virtual machine. An important tip is to check the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc), the “Performance” tab, how much RAM is available free at the moment and set up a smaller memory size to prevent both the virtual machine and your computer becomes slow.
In our tests we decided to grant 512 MB of RAM for the virtual machine. After making your choice, click “Next”.
On the next screen, select the last option to choose a hard drive virtual exists for the virtual machine. Select the file that you unzipped in Step 04 and click “Open.” With the file selected, click “Create.”
The virtual machine with Chrome OS will be created and will appear in VirtualBox selection menu on the left. Sometimes, the system may refuse to run the lack of PAE feature in virtual processor. To activate it, click the “Settings” button.
Click the “System” menu (left) and then in the “Processor” tab. Check the “Enable PAE / NX” and click “OK”.
Now just click the “Start” button in VirtualBox and enjoy the Chrome OS and all it has to offer.
Remember that, as it is not a build offered by Google, but rather by enthusiasts, bugs and errors may occur. Yet this is a great way to satisfy their curiosity and experience this interesting operating system offered by the search giant.