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Install Windows 8 on a Chromebook

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    Windows 8.1.1, ChromeOS, Ubuntu 14.04, Windows 7, BlackBerry 10, Android Kit Kat,

    Install Windows 8 on a Chromebook


    I have one of the original Acer Chromebooks with a 320 Gig Hard Drive. I would love to be able to install Windows 8 on it. Anyone know how to go about doing this successfully?

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there.

    I Think the problem is that the CPU isn't INTEL / AMD so the only way might be to see if some sort of Virtual machine software runs on android and then try and load up a windows virtual machine. Judging by the low power of the CPU etc in a chromebook the performance is likely to be horrendously slow even if you could find some software for Virtualising Windows on an android platform.

    If you could load some sort of "Normal" Linux distro on the chromebook which actually boots then you could install vmplayer - and hence a Windows guest OS. Even in this case the performance on the chromebook will be "Gacially slow".

    If you want to delve into this sort of stuff you could also try messing around with an old program called QEMU but good luck to you --you are on your own on that one.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 8.1.1, ChromeOS, Ubuntu 14.04, Windows 7, BlackBerry 10, Android Kit Kat,


    No, it's an Intel Celeron chipset.
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there.

    I Think the problem is that the CPU isn't INTEL / AMD so the only way might be to see if some sort of Virtual machine software runs on android and then try and load up a windows virtual machine. Judging by the low power of the CPU etc in a chromebook the performance is likely to be horrendously slow even if you could find some software for Virtualising Windows on an android platform.

    If you could load some sort of "Normal" Linux distro on the chromebook which actually boots then you could install vmplayer - and hence a Windows guest OS. Even in this case the performance on the chromebook will be "Gacially slow".

    If you want to delve into this sort of stuff you could also try messing around with an old program called QEMU but good luck to you --you are on your own on that one.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    you could try this Install Windows On Chromebooks
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    Windows 8.1.1, ChromeOS, Ubuntu 14.04, Windows 7, BlackBerry 10, Android Kit Kat,


    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Yikes, it looks rather complicated for my C7.
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    windows xp


    Thanks adamf!!! Even though it requires some effort, the money & time saved using a familiar OS, is worth the effort.
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