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(Download here, or use manual instructions below) . Install the Chromebook Recovery Utility extension to your Chrome browser on macOS. Open the utility (the easiest way is via Spotlight or Launchpad) > click “Get Started” > click “Select a model from a list” > locate and select “Google Chrome OS Flex” in the manufacturer dropdown > select the product. Select the USB device and click “Continue” (the data will be erased!). Click “Create Now”. Open Parallels Desktop Installation Assistant: File > New… . Select “Install Windows on another OS…” and click “Continue”. Click “Choose Manually” > check the option “Continue without a source” and click “Continue”. In the dropdown, select Other > Chromium OS > click “OK”. Check the option “Customize settings before installation” and click “Create”. Navigate to Hardware tab > set 4096 MB of memory. Select Graphics settings on the sidebar > set “Auto” in the dropdown. Select Mouse & Keyboard on the sidebar > set the mouse option to “Optimize for games”. Scroll down the sidebar with options and select Boot Order > check “External device” and move it to the top. In the dropdown “External boot device” select the USB device that you have prepared. Close the configuration window and click “Continue”. Always allow Parallels Desktop to access the USB device. Note: After you’ve downloaded the pre-configured VM, simply open it in Parallels Desktop and repeat steps 9-12. Once you’ve booted the VM, click “Get Started” > select “Install CloudReady 2.0” and proceed. Wait for the installation process to be completed. Once completed, shut down the VM > open its configuration > Hardware > Boot Order > uncheck “External device” and deselect the flash drive from the dropdown. Now you have a standalone Chrome OS Flex VM. Figure 1 shows Chrome OS Flex running in Parallels Desktop on my Intel iMac. Don’t forget, since there are no Parallels Tools for Chrome OS Flex your mouse will be “captured” when you click in the Chrome OS Flex window on your Mac. To get the cursor back on the Mac, simultaneously hold down the control and option keys. That’s all, folks! Let me know your experience with the Chrome OS Flex VM here on Parallels Forums. Google developed the Chrome OS from the Linux kernel in an attempt to popularize cloud computing. The OS is primarily a re-imagining of the Google Chrome web browser, serving as a portal for users to access apps and data stored on the cloud. To use the Chrome OS, you need a device known as a Chromebook—a web client with a mix of thin and thick client features. Unlike your regular laptop, Chromebooks are lightweight and energy-efficient, giving you almost a full day of battery use. Like anything else, the Chrome OS operating system has its fair share of pros and cons. HP is on the leading edge of innovation, security, and performance with their sleek new business devices. Powered by 10th Gen Intel Core processors, the HP Chromebox Enterprise G3 offers a compact, versatile desktop form factor with integrated VESA mount and tons of ports, while the powerhouse HP Elite c1030 Chromebook Enterprise offers an x360 design, digital inking and important privacy features like HP Sure View Reflect, physical webcam switch, and fingerprint sensor. The ultra-thin, AMD Ryzen-powered HP Pro c645 Chromebook Enterprise and Intel 10th gen-powered HP Pro c640 Chromebook Enterprise offer HP Privacy Camera and an optional fingerprint sensor. Lenovo’s new ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook Enterprise is the portable, affordable, productivity boosting device that allows organizations to offer smarter technology to their cloud workers. ThinkPad C13 Yoga Chromebook Enterprise has everything users already know and love from three respected brands combined in one device. It has ThinkPad durability specs, a 360-degree Yoga hinge for multi-mode use, plus access to enterprise apps through Chrome OS, along with enhanced security solutions like a touch fingerprint reader, and the built-in security of the Google-designed Titan C security chip. Headquartered in the USA, CTL designs and purpose builds Chrome devices specifically to meet the needs of our customers. “We like to stay innovative, and are always thinking of new ways that customers can utilize our Chrome devices. Partnering with Parallels, we are able to supply our customers with cross-platform solutions that allow us to provide more value than ever before,” says CTL CEO, Erik Stromquist." Here’s some great news for organizations that have been equipping their people with Chromebook and Chromebox devices. Parallels® Desktop for Chrome OS, which enables Chrome OS devices to run full-featured Windows applications with or without an Internet connection, will now start supporting both Intel and AMD processor-driven devices. This means, you will now enjoy greater flexibility in choosing the right device(s) for your workforce or community. In line with this new development, Parallels Desktop for Chrome OS will be supporting AMD Ryzen 5 and AMD Ryzen 7 processors as well as 12 new Chromebook and Chromebox devices from Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo moving forward.
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