Fancy Chrome OS but can’t afford a Chromebook? It’s time to learn how to install Chomre OS in a virtual machine on Windows, macOS, or Linux.

You’ve probably heard all about Chromebooks and Chrome OS already. Google’s Chrome OS is the driving force behind the success of the Chromebook. It gives users a low-frills operating system that focuses on Google Chrome, as well as the numerous web apps and extensions that go with it.

Chrome OS is a roaring success. If you’re interested in switching but want to try before you buy, you can boot Chrome OS in a virtual machine.

Booting Chrome OS is a great way to try the operating system before you buy. You can figure out if the lack of traditional apps will affect you, if the workflow suits you, and whether you like the feel of the operating system.

However, Chrome OS doesn’t boot up in a virtual machine like other operating systems such as Windows or Linux. Normally, you can only use Chrome OS on specific hardware—a Chromebook. Google doesn’t offer a Chrome OS version suitable for virtual machine use.

But, because Chrome OS is based upon an open-source project, the clever team over at Neverware CloudReady can modify the code, making it play nicely with virtual machine software.

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