Running Windows on Chromebook – It’s Happening

Why run Windows on Windows when you can run Windows on a Chromebook?

But would you want to?

You probably would, if you were a Chromebook fan.

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That’s right, apparently, some bright minds have made it possible to run Windows on Chrome OS, but not just any copy of Chrome- specifically a Chromebook.

And how is this possible exactly though? Windows is Windows. Chromebook is Chrome OS. Are they not interchangeable?

Running Windows on Chromebook is possible with CrossOver

Run Windows on Chromebook with CrossOver.
Run Windows on Chromebook with CrossOver.

The recent update of Android apps on Chromebooks allows for the option to run a limited version of Windows on a Chromebook.

A company called CodeWeavers created a program which allows Mac and Linux-based devices to run Windows programs without the need for a virtual machine. This program is called CrossOver. It also has an Android version.

Since some Chromebook models can now run Android apps, you can imagine that a “hacker” and piece together the apps and make it possible to run Windows on Chromebooks. By downloading CrossOver, you allow your device to Windows programs. With Chromebooks being able to run Android apps, you can download CrossOver, which has an Android version. And by downloading CrossOver onto a Chromebook, you allow your Chromebook to run Windows programs. Get it?

Windows on Chromebook in action – playing Limbo via Steam via Windows via Chromebook

CodeWeavers published a video (shown below) of an Intel-based Chromebook running the popular DRM platform Steam, and playing the game Limbo without a hiccup. Accoutering to CodeWeavers, CrossOver on Chromebooks has full support for the game’s requirements- such as DirectX 9, system requirements, and peripheral inputs, such as keyboard and mice. This should also be the case for many other games and programs that are Windows-enabled, but now can run on Chrome OS. Chromebooks have high performance for what they do, but not that high for playing games. You can play basic to moderate games like Limbo to Minecraft to even League of Legends, depending on your Chromebook’s specs and hardware. You can apply the same train of thought to all these other programs and imagine the possibilities. Think Photoshop. Think Skype- a full version just like Windows. (You can already run Skype on a Chromebook, although it’s a web-based version of Skype that’s in development.)

This solution isn’t perfect, by any means. Running an Android app on a Chromebook to run a cross-platform program to run Windows is a stretch, but they’ve done it. It doesn’t matter. This paves the way for a multitude of cross-platform ideas. Windows native programs on Chrome OS. Windows-compatible applications on Chromebooks. Windows itself on Chrome OS. Wow.

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About Andy Z.

Andy is a casual-hardcore Chrome OS fan and contributes to the site regularly. He likes computers, tech, sports cars, videogames, and of course, Chromebooks. Thinker. Introvert. Geek. You can find him on Twitter (@platytech), or send him an email (check the "Contact Us" page).

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