How to Install and Run Chrome OS in Virtualbox

Here is a brief tutorial on how to install and run ChromeOS in Oracle VirtualBox, so you can evaluate the operating system for free. It’s free available open-source operating system by Google.

Install and Run Chrome OS in Virtualbox:

1. Download latest Chrome OS .vdi, select the latest version available and click on the VirtualBox link to download the.vdi file.

2. Download and install Oracle VirtualBox.

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3. After the .vdi ZIP file has downloaded, extract it using unziper software to a safe location (ex. Desktop).

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4. Once extracted open virtual box and press New to create a new machine.

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5. Then it will ask for a name, enter a name of your choice and as type and version leave it as Linux / Linux 32

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6. Select at least 1GB for RAM (recommended is 1GB and higher) so drag the slider to your choice and press next.

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7. As a hard drive you need to select Use an existing virtual hard drive file by pressing the little folder button on the side and select the file extracted at step 2 and press Open then Create.

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8. After is created you need to right click on it and press Settings.

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9. At settings you need to click on System and press Processor Tab and check Enable PAE/NX and then press OK.

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10. Also go to settings>network and expand advanced and change adapter type to Intel PRO/1000 MT Desktop (82540EM) then press OK.

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11. After pressing OK click on ChromeOS virtual machine and press Start to turn on this machine.

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12. After the machine has started (first boot may take a while) it will take you to the set up so first you select your language and press continue. (if the internet not showing check the fix at the end of this tutorial)

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13. It will ask for a Google account to sign in so put in your credentials and press sign in (or you can browse as a guest as shown).

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14. Then it will boot to the desktop itself now you can browse it to check if you like it.

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I started this tech blog back in 2011 as a place to write down processes I took to fix my client systems and network. Now I write some tips and tricks to help others with the tech issues that one might encounter.

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