Hey every Googler out there!, you all might have been hearing a lot about Google Chrome OS since the last month after it’s announcement on the official Google Blog Post.
What exactly is Google Chrome OS?
According to the official Google Blog,
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system mainly developed for netbooks.
Here’s a quick demo of Google Chrome OS
Even though it’s mainly developed for Netbooks, many folks out there wanna try it out on their PC Isn’t it?
I was recently Googling of ways to install it, I came across with many tutorials which teach you to install it using Sun Micro systems Virtual Box(an alternate to Microsoft’s Virtual PC) which is both open source and free to download.
Even though there are many articles on the World Wide Web, none of the article has descriptions about the errors occurred during installation and how to rectify them!!
I tried installing it using Microsoft virtual PC but wasn’t much successful, hence thought a way to help you out with Virtual Box.
Here we go with the quick 10 minute install, all we need is a system running a minimum of 256mb of RAM and a 1 GHz processor.
Download Chrome OS from Gdgt.com (In order to download Chrome OS image (313 MB), you need to register an account there and verify your email address), you’ll need a Zip-File extractor like Winrar. If you don’t have it, download one from here. Extract the Zip file on your PC and follow the next steps.
2. Install it on your PC, if you come across Software error installation error as shown in the image just click on Continue Anyway and finish it.
3. Open Virtual Box and Click on New.
4. After the above step a new wizard window will appear, In the Wizard Window click Next. In the next window Give a name for your Virtual Machine and choose Operating System as Linux and Version as Ubuntu (because Chrome OS is a Linux build!).
In this tutorial I have given the name as Chrome Os.
5. In the next Window Adjust the RAM for the virtual Machine, it’s better to adjust for the maximum available RAM (It’s a personal experience Chrome OS works faster with higher RAM).
6. Here’s the best part of the installation, in this step you don’t need to create a virtual Hard disk for your installation, but the Chrome OS which you downloaded in Step 1 is already a virtual Hard Disk with pre-installed Chrome OS on it!
7. Now in the next window you need to load the virtual hard disk, click Add and in the next winndow browse to the folder where you extracted the Chrome OS Zip file.
8. Select the Virtual Hard Disk which you added in the previous step as shown in the image. Complete the process by clicking next and then finish.
9. Now we have created a virtual machine for Chrome OS, next step is to run the Chrome OS. But, before starting Chrome OS, make sure you are connected to the internet because your network adapters aren’t detected by the Virtual Box if you are disconnected from the internet and later on connecting the virtual box manually to internet is real tough and time consuming!
After you are connected to the internet. Run the chrome os by clicking on Start.
10. Hurray! We’re done. Chrome OS is installed on your Virtual Box and is up & running, you need a Gmail account to login into Chrome OS, if you don’t have a Gmail account create one here for free.
Here are few screenshots of the Chrome OS. As it is said it’s really a light-weight and a very fast operating system. It takes only 7 seconds to boot up! (It’s like switching your TV ON for your favourite channel)
If you meet any errors during the install or have any queries please feel free to ask in form of comments.
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