This newsletter is called Windows Secrets, but if listening to Microsoft for the last couple of years has shown us anything, it’s that we are all moving into a multiplatform world. So I’ve started looking at the types of user experiences we’re all likely to have as our family members bring home non-Windows machines and expecte everything to work together seamlessly.
One of the first non-Windows operating systems I have begun learning is ChromeOS. However, short of having a Chromebook, there is no downloads available of the ChromeOS itself so that it can be installed in a virtual machine on your Windows PC.
However, I did find a way to install the ChromiumOS – the open source base for ChromeOS – on a bootable USB flash drive.
If you’d like to start playing around with ChromiumOS, follow these steps.
First, start at Neverware’s website. In 2015, they developed CloudReady, a lightweight OS that is built from ChromiumOS and provides users the ability to run it on nearly any hardware. According to Neverware, CloudReady is in use on hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in education, enterprise, and individuals.