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Guide: Free download Google Chrome OS

November 24, 2009 05:13 PST

Posted by Andrew.

The open source version of Google Chrome OS was released on last week. If you don't want to wait until next year to see what's going on with Chrome OS, then follow this guide to get the Chrome OS and install it on your computer.

After Google announced the availability of the Chrome OS / Chromium OS source code, a GDGT engineer - Jon Ursenbach, immediately got to work on compiling the code and then got an instance of Chromium OS running in a virtual machine.

Now, you can download a copy of the virtual machine here (300MB compressed / 700MB uncompressed) at

You'll need VMware Player (or VMware Fusion for Macs) to get it running. VirtualBox (a free cross-platform virtual machine created by Sun Microsystem) can also use VMware VMDK images, but it isn't always perfect.

Some helpful tips about installing Chrome OS

  • To use the vmdk file, open VMware 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 VMware is set to use bridged networking, rather than NAT.
  • You need a Google account to login to Chrome OS / Chromium OS.
  • If you don't have VMware, you can use VirtualBox (supports for Windows / Mac / Linux).

Other resource about the Google Chrome OS

#1  posted on December 01, 2009 01:47 PST
oh god! can not wait for the offcial version! microsoft should be afraid now, be very afarid! they just spend too much time to make their OS bigger, but for me, all I need is just a simple, speedy and reliable OS.

after all, I dont want to pay a huge amount of dollars for those not neccessary functions.

#2  posted on December 10, 2009 06:06 PST
Thank you.
Do you know how to install it for real?

#3  posted on December 11, 2009 21:35 PST
I cannot loggin...
i use the virtual box to load the image
i used bridged adaptor, rather than NAT

#4  posted on December 14, 2009 09:38 PST
I can't get this to work with VM Fusion. I tried both bridged and NAT modes.

"Network not connected and offline login failed"

Has anyone gotten this to work?

#5  posted on December 14, 2009 16:05 PST
Hi , i can not login i have the same error message :"Network not connected and offline login failed" please help !!

#6  posted on December 16, 2009 00:13 PST
I can't get this to work with VM Fusion. I tried both bridged and NAT modes.

"Network not connected and offline login failed"

Has anyone gotten this to work?


#7  posted on December 18, 2009 10:49 PST
If you can't login, try suername "chronos" and password "password" without qoutes :)

#8  posted on January 27, 2010 08:11 PST
It's great.

#9  posted on March 07, 2010 11:37 PST
Google Chrome OS (chromium OS) SUCK a

#10  posted on March 03, 2011 01:29 PST
I am really thankful to you for the information you have provided. You are helping others to grow their knowledge by sharing such a valuable information you have. This post is amazing & I'm glad for it.

#11  posted on June 05, 2011 20:35 PDT
Thanks for sharing

#12  posted on June 17, 2012 23:14 PDT
free downloads

#13  posted on October 11, 2012 11:38 PDT
Really Good Tips for download Google Chrome OS. i like it.

#14  posted on November 06, 2012 04:09 PST
I tried downloading Chrome OS on my Pc. It's Fast and very comfertable using.

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