How to Run Windows 10 Apps on a Chromebook (Guide) 2024

As a Chromebook user, you may have wondered whether it’s possible to run Windows 10 apps on your device. While Chrome OS is a fantastic operating system, there are still some applications that are exclusive to Windows. Fortunately, with the help of a few tools, you can now enjoy the best of both worlds. In this guide, I will walk you through the process of running Windows 10 apps on your Chromebook, step by step.

How to Install Wine 7.0 on Your Chromebook

One of the key tools that will enable you to run Windows 10 apps on your Chromebook is Wine 7.0. Wine is a compatibility layer that allows you to run Windows applications on non-Windows operating systems. Here’s how you can install Wine 7.0 on your Chromebook:

  1. Update your Chromebook to the latest version of Chrome OS. This is important to ensure compatibility with Wine 7.0.
  2. Open the Chrome Web Store and search for “Crossover on Chrome OS Beta.” Crossover is a commercial version of Wine developed specifically for Chrome OS. Install the app on your Chromebook.
  3. Once Crossover is installed, launch the app from your app drawer. You will be prompted to sign in with your Google account.
  4. After signing in, you will see the Crossover interface. Click on the “Install Windows Applications” button.
  5. In the search bar, type the name of the Windows 10 app you want to install. Crossover will search its database for compatible applications. If the app is found, click on it and follow the on-screen instructions to install it.
  6. Once the installation is complete, you will be able to launch the Windows 10 app directly from your Chromebook’s app drawer.

By following these steps, you can install Wine 7.0 on your Chromebook and start running your favorite Windows 10 apps hassle-free.

How to Install Windows Programs on Your Chromebook

In addition to Wine 7.0, there are other methods to install Windows programs on your Chromebook. These methods involve using virtual machines or remote desktop applications. Here are a couple of options you can consider:

  1. Virtual Machines: Virtual machines allow you to create a virtualized version of Windows 10 on your Chromebook. You can then install and run Windows programs within this virtual environment. Popular virtual machine software for Chrome OS includes VirtualBox and Parallels Desktop. Follow the instructions provided by the respective software to set up a virtual machine and install Windows 10.
  2. Remote Desktop Applications: If you have access to a Windows PC, you can use a remote desktop application to connect to your PC from your Chromebook. This will give you remote access to your Windows desktop and allow you to run Windows programs as if you were using a Windows PC. Some popular remote desktop applications include Chrome Remote Desktop, TeamViewer, and Microsoft Remote Desktop.

Before choosing a method to install Windows programs on your Chromebook, consider your requirements and the resources available to you. Virtual machines may require more processing power and storage, while remote desktop applications depend on a stable internet connection.

Create Shortcuts for Windows Apps on Chrome OS

Once you have successfully installed and set up Wine 7.0 or other tools to run Windows 10 apps on your Chromebook, you may want to create shortcuts for easy access. Here’s how you can create shortcuts for Windows apps on Chrome OS:

  1. Launch the Windows 10 app you want to create a shortcut for using the installed tool (e.g., Crossover or virtual machine).
  2. Once the app is running, right-click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen and select “Pin to taskbar.” This will add the app icon to the taskbar for quick access.
  3. Additionally, you can create a shortcut on your Chromebook’s desktop. Right-click on the desktop and select “Create shortcut.” In the dialog box that appears, navigate to the Windows 10 app’s executable file (usually located in the C: drive of the virtual machine or the crossover bottle) and select it. The shortcut will be created on your desktop.

By creating shortcuts, you can easily launch your favorite Windows 10 apps directly from your Chromebook’s taskbar or desktop, saving you time and effort.