How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware

Do you have an aging laptop or PC that is no longer supported by any of the popular operating systems? Do you wish that the device could get a chance to live a bit longer? Well, here is your answer: Chrome OS Flex. Chrome OS Flex is a new operating system that is destined to be lightweight and useful for performing simple tasks such as web browsing and doing basic stuff. Today, however, we will be taking 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 virtually create a new computer right within your computer. It makes use f the real computer’s resources and, you can also adjust how much RAM and storage the virtual machine will be able to use. Virtual machines are great for when you want to try out a particular program or even test it to see how it performs or simply look out at the new features in the particular OS. So, if you are someone that 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.


We now conclude this guide on how to install Chrome OS Flex on a Virtual Machine easily. This is a simple and easy process, provided you make use of the right  Chrome OS Flex disc image file. You need to understand that Chrome OS Flex is a different OS from that of Chrome OS. For starters, you will not be able to run Android apps, but, you will be able to run Linux apps and commands within Chrome OS Flex. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments about Chrome OS Flex and, if you will be switching over to this OS on any of your older desktops or laptops.

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Joshua D'souza

Enjoy games, 90's hip-hop, and tech. Loves exploring the infinite world of laptops and food. Every ready to provide assistance in anything that rocks his boat. Will gladly enjoy capturing memories through various lenses. Worked previously at PiunikaWeb as an author and researcher.

3 thoughts on “How to Install Chrome OS Flex on VMware”

  1. Very clear and precise instructions for installing Flex OS on VMware. Thank you, Joshua D’souza! Stay safe and take care!

  2. Nice article. I run macOS and as I can see VMware Workstation 17.5.0 Player runs on Linux and Windows only. Is a way to run ChromeOS on my MacBookPro 16″ late 2019 (with Sonoma)?

    I should develop, test and deploy Google Kiosk PWA apps for ChromeOS. Can I do that without buying a brand new Chromebook?


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