It is again Google!! Earlier, Google released Chrome OS virtual appliance and now they’ve confirmed the release of Chromium Operating System for virtual machine. However, this is not the fully functioned original operating system rather it is a preview version of the main operating system which is yet to be enter into the market.
A lot of options are available to check out the Chrome OS. You can install it on the virtual box or VMware workstation to get a brief idea. But unfortunately it does not work with Microsoft virtual machine.
You can also install the preview version of the operating system at your USB flash drive and run from there. Google Chrome OS is an open source software and it is being improved day-by-day. This version is changing so rapidly as numbers of features are being added by the developers everyday. Here, we’ll update you with the latest additions though. Right now, we’ve introduced two different methods to install the Google chrome OS in your system.
- How to install Google Chrome OS into the virtual box. Note: You can also install it into the VMware workstation.
- How to install Google Chrome OS at USB Flash drive. To run Chromium from USB drive, login username and password are required.
How to install Google Chrome OS at the virtual box
- Download and install the Virtual Box. When downloading, make sure that you have picked the right file version to be compatible with your operating system.
- Download the Chromium OS image (Thanks Raju).
- While every thing is ready, start the virtual box and select the “New” tab from the top-left corner.
- Give any name of your virtual machine and choose “Linux” from the “Operating System” drop-down menu. Also select “Ubuntu” as the version. Though you can choose any different version but this one is generally preferred. Now click on the “Next” button.
- Adjust the base memory size for the virtual machine. It generally depends on your system memory. I recommend that you should allocate the base memory size to one-third of your system memory. My system memory is 1 GB so I’ve chosen 356 MB. Once done, click the “Next” button.
- From the appearing window, choose the option “Use existing hard disk” and click the button at the right side of the drop-down box.
- Browse and locate the file that you downloaded, then click on the “Add” button. After all, click the “Select” button.
- Finally, click the “Next” and then “Finish” button.
That’s it! You have success fully installed the Google Chrome OS in your Virtual box.
Running the Google Chrome OS at your Virtual box
To start the Google chrome OS, start the virtual box application and click on “Start” button from the left pane.
The Google Chrome Operating System boots and the login screen appears.
Here you have to login with your Google account. If you do not have such account then create one from here. After successful login you can get access to the Google chrome OS into your Virtual box.
That’s all. Read more about Google Chrome Os.
How to install Google Chrome OS at your USB Flash drive
- Get a USB drive of min 4 GB. Take a backup of all your important data from the USB drive because those data will be wiped out when installing Google chrome OS into it.
- Download Chromium OS for USB drive via torrent (Right click and then Open link in new tab and save the torrent file). (Thanks to Jorge Sierra)
- The above torrent contains the Google chromium OS image file for USB and the small utility Image Writer for Windows.
- Extract chrome_os_usb.zip. You may need an application to extract the zip file. Download IZArc.
- Launch Win32DiskImager.exe.
- You may get an error message but don’t panic. The message is displaying because it is searching for a floppy drive which is not there.
- In the Win32 Disk imager window, locate the image file from your hard drive, choose the drive letter according to your USB device under the “Device” drop-down menu. Note that the image file must stay in the same location where you have extracted the zip file and lunched the Win32DiskImager.exe.
- Now click on the “Write” button.
After taking a few minutes, it will complete the total task and install the Google chromium OS in your USB flash drive.
How to start the Google chrome OS from your USB drive
- Just make your computer ready for booting from USB disk. You can do it by changing some settings in the BIOS.
- Insert the USB drive and restart you computer.
- The Google Chromium OS will automatically boot from the USB drive and you should get the login window. Here put chronos as username and Password as password. You will be logged in locally.
- Once you’re logged in, you should see exactly the same browser as Google Chrome browser.
- If the Google Chromium OS is supported by your network adapter, you can be connected to your network. So it may not work for all.
- If every thing is okay, you can login with your Google Account and access the Google Chromium OS.
You may also try to create a virtual machine of your existing computer.