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									Download and Try Google Chrome OS

The public debut of Google Chrome OS today has the press abuzz over the potential of the new
web-based operating system. And now that it’s open sourced, you have the chance to try it out
for yourself. Unfortunately, most people aren’t ready to undertake the daunting task of actually
taking Google’s recently open-sourced code and turning that into a bootable computer. So
we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to doing this, for free, in around 15 minutes (depending
on how long it takes to download the OS itself). No, this won’t get your computer booting
Chrome OS natively (and frankly, you probably wouldn’t want to yet anyway). But it will get it up
and running in a virtual machine using the free software VirtualBox, which is available for Macs,
PCs, and Linux.

First, a few caveats: we didn’t create the Chrome OS build ourselves — it was downloaded from
BitTorrent. In theory it could possibly have been tweaked by some malicious hacker to steal
your Google account information (this is unlikely, but who knows). There’s an easy fix if you’re
worried though: just go make a throwaway Gmail account, and use that to play around with the
OS. Also note that because this is running in a virtual machine, you’re probably not going to be
seeing great performance (like that 7 second boot time). But it’s more than good enough to get
a feel for the OS for yourself.

First, you need to get an image of Chrome OS. You can do that using this torrent . You can
also try out the build that
 Win Rar
has uploaded, which worked fine in our test as well. If you get the torrent version, you’ll see it’s
in a .BZ2 format. You’ll need to extract it. Macs should be able to do this automatically, but for
Windows you may need a tool like

Once that’s done, download a version of VirtualBox for whatever OS you’re running on here
and install it. After registering (or declining to) you’ll be met with a screen like this. Click the
button that says “New” in the upper left hand corner. We’re going to be making a new virtual

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You’ll enter a wizard like this. Hit next.

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Choose how much have in your unstable/very virtual machine. This willyou dependent on how
your real computer will become computer. The more,
much memory you memory to allocate to this slow. the better, but if be choose too much

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instead, you want to use want to it the very icon just to the one from the drop down ‘virtual
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Hit the ‘Add’ button.

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desktop have to find the Chrome OS image you found it, hit earlier.
Now youor in your downloads folder. Once you’vedownloaded ‘Open’. This is probably on your

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Hit ‘Select’ once you reach this window.

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Almost there. Make sure ‘use existing hard disk’ is checked. Hit next.

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Hit ‘Finish’

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anywhere from 10 seconds to a the screen will go black, but only for a little while (this could be
You’re done! Hit Start. Hopefullyminute or so, depending on how fast your computer is).

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