How to Use Windows 10 on Chrome OS

How to Use Windows 10 on Chrome OS

If you’ve moved from a Windows PC to Google’s Chromebook, you may be missing some features and apps that you’ve lost with the switch. Well, while some Windows programs can work natively on Chromebooks, many still can’t. Luckily, you can enjoy Microsoft’s operating system on Chromebook and we’re going to explain how. Of course, you will have to use a third-party application known as Parallels Desktop to achieve this.

Parallels Desktop: What Is It?

The method we are going to use to get Windows 10 bootable and fully operational on your Chromebook will be by installing the tool called Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS.

This software is a container for Windows 10, that is, it lets you run Windows on a Chromebook. Note, however, that it is a program oriented towards large clients more than an individual client. Nonetheless, you can use this individually; but keep in mind that it is paid for!

There are some cool features of the program that you should know about:

  • You’ll be able to switch easily between Windows and Chrome OS (without rebooting)
  • You can suspend Windows whenever you want.
  • Chrome files can be opened while running Windows.
  • You can move content easily between both systems.
  • You can print, even if you are using Windows.
  • You will be able to see both systems on a double screen.
  • Windows desktop, documents, downloads, and custom folders will be accessible from Chrome OS files.

How to Install Parallels Desktop and Run Windows 10

  1. Make yourself a super administrator in your Google Workspace from which you are going to install.
  2. Ensure you have the Windows 10 ISO and license, as well as the Parallels Desktop key. Note however that before someone can access your Chromebook, you must enroll them as an administrator.
  3. Now it’s time to activate Parallels Desktop using the link provided after purchasing the license. Once you have done this, go to the Google administration console and enable the program so that it can work and be installed.
  4. Next, run Windows virtual machine, but before that, you must have it created. Go to the Chrome developer’s shell (browser) and press the Ctrl, Alt, and t keys together while still in the browser.
  5. Now that you are in the Chrome shell, enter the command: vmc create -p PvmDefault <Windows.iso>
  6. Replace Windows.iso with your Windows system’s iso name which you must have previously stored in the Download folder of the Chromebook. When the process is finished, you can run your virtual machine by typing: vmc start PvmDefault
  7. At this moment, the Windows configuration will open and you will be able to install the operating system as you normally do on a computer. Put in the license key so it can work.
  8. After installing and finishing the Windows 10 setup in the virtual machine, export the image in a zip document. This lets you launch Parallels Desktop through your Chrome operating system launcher. You can achieve this by entering the following command: vmc export -d Pvmdefault Change the to any name you like. But the important thing is that it is exported successfully. This process is long and the resulting zip file is large.
  9. The next step is uploading this file to the Google Drive associated with your Chromebook account, and then put the URL and the SHA-256 hash in the Google administration.
  10. Now for the last step, click on Parallels Desktop’s icon and start the process of downloading and installing your previously created zip file. With this, you will get Windows 10 to run from now on the same way as the rest of the applications.

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