How to Install Chrome OS [VMWare VirtualBox]

So, after 6 months of wait, Google finally Open sourced Chrome OS code, yesterday at a Live event.

What is Chrome OS – Everything you need to know.

Now the curiosity rises to try the OS yourself. As Google announced, it needs special hardware which will be available at end of next year. For the meantime, you can Virtualize the OS and run it under VMware or Virtualbox.

You can either download the source (Download) and trying building it (if you are an developer) else download binaries directly and run them under VMWare/Virtualbox.

Step 1. Download The Image from this torrent or this one. You can also try out the build that GDGT has uploaded. The former way needs registration.

Step 2. Download VMWare Player or VMWare Fusion or VirtualBox and run it.

Step 3. Unzip the downloaded image. In VMware/VirtualBox and create a new virtual machine. One of the options will be to use an “existing virtual disk.” (In VMware Fusion, this is the last option below, “use operating system disk” and “use OS disc image file.”). Make sure your VM is set to use bridged networking, rather than NAT.

Step 4. Login to Chrome OS with username and password which is nothing but  your Google account!

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  • jazz7

    thanx man

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  • Anyone else having a problem in Chrome OS where the upper left button, which I think is suppose to house your web apps, is requiring you to log into with a google.com (not gmail.com) address and not letting you through?

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    • I dint face that issue, looks strange.

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  • edryana

    how did you install it on virtualbox?
    i'm using ubuntu 9.10 and i've virtualbox..i juz dont know how to cnfigure..

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    • Create new VirtualMachine then it will ask for alloting HardDisk, choose “existing” then go Next, alot RAM say 600MB thats all. Hope that helps

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  • could tell me direct download link for the VM Image.. I don't have torrent access in our office..

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    • Sure, The link mentioned as “GDGT” is the direct one. You will have to signup (takes couple of seconds)

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      • do we need to pay anything for download at gdgt.. ????

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  • winse7enandmac

    am trying as soon as i can

    thanx!!

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  • Got the link thanks.. 🙂

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  • instead of the vmware image, it's better to use the USB edition of Chrome OS..the only thing is that you will need a 4GB pen drive for the installation. :0

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  • instead of the vmware image, it's better to use the USB edition of Chrome OS..the only thing is that you will need a 4GB pen drive for the installation. :0

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  • I have an article on my blog about running Chrome OS on VirtualBox. If you have questions/problems, please don't hesitate to view and comment on my blog at http://it-nthusiast.blogspot.com/2009/12/google… . Thank you!

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