Step-By-Step Guide to Install Chrome OS on Virtual Machine

Chrome OS has been widely popular ever since its release. Google rolled out Chrome OS for Chromebooks, and the reason behind its success is its simplicity, security, and speed. It mainly focuses on Google Chrome, multiple apps, and unlimited extensions. Many people have been wondering about the performance of the Chrome OS, and now, one can experience the trial of Chromium on their laptop or PC by booting Chrome OS in the virtual machine.

This way you can try and decide if you would be interested in buying Chromium. But Chrome OS can work only with the Chromebook’s hardware, and Google doesn’t allow the operating system to function on the virtual machine. Since Chrome OS is based on an open-source project, the team at Neverware CloudReady found a way to modify the code for booting it in the virtual machine. If you are eager to try it, then use the following guide below:


Virtual Machine was designed to execute a computer program in a platform-independent environment, so it has the potential to run Chrome OS. Currently, Neverware CloudReady is offering a Chrome OS virtual machine application image for VMware, without charging anything in return. So, the first thing you need before trying the Chrome OS is a copy of the VMware Workstation Player – a free virtual machine tool.

Next, you need to install the Chrome OS CloudReady Image for VMware. Now you are ready to head to the next step, i.e., to import the Chrome OS CloudReady Image into VMware. Follow these steps to continue:

  1. Open the VMware Workstation Player and go to Player.
  2. Select File and click on Open.
  3. Go to Chrome OS image and theImport Virtual Machine window will appear on your screen.
  4. Continue with the default options and select Import.
  5. Once the import procedure completes, you’ll find the entrance to the virtual machine list.

Your fourth step is to “Boot the Chrome OS Virtual Machine”.

Start with double-clicking the CloudReady-Home virtual machine in VMware. This will start booting the Chrome OS virtual machine. You are most likely to find the “VMware Workstation and Device/Credential Guard are not compatible” message on your screen during the boot process. It is a very common error to appear, and it has links with the Windows Hyper-V. So, to eradicate this issue, continue by disabling the device or credential guard. Here is how to do it:

  1. In the Start menu search bar, type Windows Features and click on a suitable match.
  2. Scroll down the screen and uncheck the Hyper-V box.
  3. Click on OK to save the settings. Then, restart your system.

Please note that switching off the Hyper-V support doesn’t remove the existing Hyper-V virtual machine images. If you continue to find any error on your PC, then use the following steps:

  1. In the Start menu search bar, type “command prompt” and select Open as Administrator.
  2. Copy and paste the following commands:

bcdedit /enum {current}

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off

This will stop the Hyper-V supervisor launch from interfering with the Device or Credential Guard. If you want to revert the changes, again open the Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator. Then, insert the following command:

bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto

The final step is to “Configure the Chrome OS Virtual Machine Settings”

The Chrome OS requires an active internet connection for signing in, and the virtual machine has to share the internet connection of the host machine. It may take a few minutes to configure. If the process doesn’t start immediately, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the grey time icon in the bottom right corner.
  2. Then click on the Wi-Fi configuration icon and select Ethernet.
  3. Click on Next and then hit the Continue option.
  4. Sign into Chrome OS with your Gmail ID, and you’ll be directed to the Chrome OS Home page.

Now, you are free to explore the Chrome OS features on your desktop.

This guide will help you experience everything in detail but with a few limitations, no matter which operating system desktop you use. Also, you won’t have access to the Google Play Store. This method will not give you an exact copy of the Chromium, but it will bring you closer to Chrome OS. If you are going to use the Chrome OS for a longer period, then check Neverware regularly for updates and don’t turn off the virtual machine.

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