Can I install Windows on a Chromebook?

Before we get started, you should know that installing Windows 11 requires a Chromebook with built-in Linux Terminal support. This is a feature available in most modern-day Chromebooks, and therefore, it is necessary to accomplish the task at hand. If you’re unsure what that is or are having trouble enabling it on your Chromebook, please refer to this article for a complete tutorial on enabling Linux on Chrome OS.

Now that we’ve covered the basics let’s move onto the installation part. The process follows getting a virtual machine on Chrome OS first and then running the latest Windows on it. The reason we’re going with this method is that Windows 11 hasn’t actually been released yet. Microsoft has given out a tentative release date of sometime in the holiday season of 2021, and the only way to get it right now on Windows PCs is by enrolling in the Windows Insider Preview program and installing an early build. While the entirety of that is reserved for Windows users only, we being Chromebook users, have to resort to a leaked ISO build of Windows 11 for now. When the operating system makes a proper landfall later this year, we’ll hopefully get a better version of Windows 11 on Chrome OS, but that is thought about the future.


Enable Developer Mode

With your Chromebook switched off, hold the ESC+REFRESH keys and then press the Power button. Wait for the screen to boot up to display “chrome OS is missing or damaged”.

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Press Ctrl + D to bypass this screen and press Enter at the next screen.

Installing Windows Apps on Chromebook

1. Now that we have Wine 5.0 installed, it’s time to install and run Windows software on Chromebook.

2. To do so, we will first install IrfanView on Chrome OS. You can download its 64-bit file by clicking here and then you can move it to the Linux files section.

Install Windows 10 onto a Chromebook

Insert the Chrome OS Flash Drive into the Chromebook, it may boot directly from the USB drive. If it does not, press Esc when the Chromebook boots. Find your USB device and then select it. Now you can connect your USB keyboard and mouse to the Chromebook, you can now install Windows. When moving onto the partitions, delete all listed, ignore the warnings, and click next.

Now we have to move on to the drivers. All Chromebooks have different hardware and drivers, so you have to go just here. Developer CoolStart has a guide for it. Link

Part 1 – Updating your Chromebook’s firmware

You cannot just install Windows on Chromebook like you would on a normal computer. Several steps need to be taken to allow for the installation.

Although the guide will describe what you should be seeing, you may also use this image gallery if you need visual aid.

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