Chrome OS is a lightweight operating system developed by Google that is based on the Linux kernel and the Chrome web browser. It is designed to run web applications and cloud services, and it is mainly used on Chromebooks, which are laptops and tablets that come pre-installed with Chrome OS.
However, if you want to try out Chrome OS without buying a Chromebook, you can run it on a virtual machine using Hyper-V, which is a built-in virtualization feature in Windows 10. In this article, we will show you how to create and run a Chrome OS virtual machine on Hyper-V using an open-source project called Neverware CloudReady.
What You Need
To run Chrome OS on Hyper-V, you will need the following:
A Windows 10 PC with Hyper-V enabled. You can check if your PC supports Hyper-V by opening PowerShell and running the command systeminfo.exe. If you see \"Hyper-V Requirements: Yes\" under the System Summary section, then you can enable Hyper-V by following this guide.
A Chrome OS image file in VHD format. You can download the latest version of Neverware CloudReady Home Edition from here. This is a free and unofficial version of Chrome OS that is compatible with Hyper-V. The file size is about 2 GB.
A virtual switch for networking. You can create one by opening Hyper-V Manager and clicking on Virtual Switch Manager in the right pane. Then select External under New virtual network switch and click Create Virtual Switch. Give it a name and select your network adapter under External network. Click OK to create the switch.
How to Create a Chrome OS Virtual Machine
Once you have the prerequisites ready, you can create a Chrome OS virtual machine on Hyper-V by following these steps:
Open Hyper-V Manager and click on New > Virtual Machine in the right pane.
In the New Virtual Machine Wizard, click Next.
Give your virtual machine a name, such as \"Chrome OS\", and click Next.
Select Generation 1 as the generation of the virtual machine and click Next.
Assign some memory to the virtual machine, such as 2048 MB, and click Next.
Select the virtual switch that you created earlier under Connection and click Next.
Select Use an existing virtual hard disk and browse to the location of the Chrome OS image file that you downloaded. Click Next.
Review the summary of the virtual machine settings and click Finish.
How to Run Chrome OS on Hyper-V
After creating the virtual machine, you can run Chrome OS on Hyper-V by following these steps:
Select your virtual machine in Hyper-V Manager and click Start in the right pane.
Wait for the virtual machine to boot up. You will see a welcome screen with a CloudReady logo.
Select your language, keyboard layout, and network settings. Then click Continue.
Sign in with your Google account or create one if you don't have one.