How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware

Do you have an older laptop or PC that is no longer supported by any popular operating system? Do you want the device to survive for a while? Well, your answer is Chrome OS Flex. Chrome OS Flex is a new operating system that is useful for lightweight and easy tasks like web browsing and basic things. However, today we will take a look at how you can install Chrome OS Flex on a virtual machine on your Windows PC.

A virtual machine is a program that lets you create a new computer inside your own computer. It uses real computer resources and, you can also adjust how much RAM and storage the virtual machine will be able to use. Virtual machines are great when you want to try out a particular program or test how it performs or just want to see new features in a specific OS. So, if you are someone who wants to know how to install Chrome OS Flex on VMware, this is the guide for you.

Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware


Before we begin with the process of how to install and run Chrome OS Flex on a Virtual machine, there are a few things that you will need.

  • ChromeOS Flex.cva file
  • VMware 16
  • Internet Connection


  1. First off, you will need to download good virtual machine software. We recommend VMware 16 for this purpose.
  2. You can download it by heading here. The file should weigh around 600 MB.
  3. Once you have got the file downloaded, install it onto your Windows PC by following the on-screen instructions.
  4. Now, you will need to get the ChromeOS Flex.cva file.
  5. You can simply download it from this link. The file size will be around 2.4 GB.
  6. Once you have the VMware setup and the ChromeOS file downloaded, it’s time to set it up.


  1. First, connect your Windows PC to the internet either using an Ethernet connection or a Wireless network.
  2. Now, navigate over to the folder where you have downloaded the ChromeOS Flex file.
  3. All you need to do now is to double click on the .cva file.
    How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware
  4. It should straightaway launch up VMware on your PC.
  5. It will now boot into ChromeOS Flex or the CloudReady version. this depends on whether you downloaded the recent update for the file or using an older version.
  6. You will be asked to give a name to the new virtual machine. With the name setup, the import path will also automatically be created. All you need to do now is to click on the Import button.
    How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware
  7. VMware will now begin to import and open up the file. In a few minutes.
    How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware
  8. You will be greeted by the Chrome OS Flex screen.
    How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware
  9. The next screen will ask you to connect to the internet. By default, it will show as Ethernet. Click on the Next button.
    How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware
  10. Now, the anonymous data collection screen will appear. You can choose the select the checkbox if you want to send data to improve the OS.
  11. The next screen will also you to sign in to your Chromebook. You can use your Google account login details to sign in to the Chromebook.
    How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware
  12. Once you have signed in, you will be seeing the final screen that says All Set. Clicking the Get Started button should now lead you to.
    How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware
  13. You will now be taken to the desktop screen of Chrome OS Flex.
    How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware
  14. And from here, you will now be able to make use of the OS and do whatever you would like to do.

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