• Official comment
    Forrest Smith

    Hi Gresham,

    We don't have a pre-baked virtual machine image, but if you make a normal installer disk you could potentially install to an empty virtual machine image.

    You could also try to make an ISO for VM use, as detailed here:

    Best of luck - let us know if you find a method that succeeds!

  • Tobias Boyd

    Initial signs are not promising - I created a bootable usb drive with the Chrome app, and went through the fairly awkward process of creating a rawdisk for Virtualbox to mount it (needs EFI on, Mouse Integration off). It boots and runs fine, albeit slowly, from the usb drive, but if you try to install it fails.

  • Forrest Smith


    Progress is progress!

    When you initiate the install (and find that it fails) - are you logged in? Make sure to log out prior to initiating the install.

    You can also poke around the other questions on this forum to find a couple of alternate manual (Command Line) installation methods.

  • Tobias Boyd

    Thanks, Forrest. Being logged in or out (as myself or Guest) didn't have any effect. I found Jaymes's CLI instructions, and they get me closer in vbox, I have to pass the --skip_src_removable and --skip_dst_removable flags to get it to start installing, but the script is failing now when it runs smartctl (the vdi doesn't expose a phony SMART status, I guess). Maybe there's some way to mount the installer's filesystem writable, and I can comment out the smartctl tests...

  • Forrest Smith


    Another work around that could be a little too circuitous, but still possible:

    1) Install to a HDD inside a laptop or desktop
    2) Yank the HDD after install
    3) mount HDD as a removable device on another machine with another OS
    4) use dd to copy the full image off that HDD
    5) use dd to write THAT image to a virtual machine image?

    I know that's a crazy method, and sort of defeats the purpose of virtual machines... but it is something to try.

    Happy hunting!

  • Tobias Boyd

    If installing on a real machine would produce something that could be cloned to another volume which could then boot different hardware, that is a possibility, I guess. But in that case it should be easy for you-all to offer some kind of snapshot, just do a fresh install and have dd write a copy to a file, and post it for us... along these lines

  • Forrest Smith

    Tobias -

    I can provide that to you in the next few days, yes. The only question will be how to make it available to you, as it will be significantly larger than the installer image (since the installer image knows how to resize partitions during/after install.

    Is there an optimal-total size for you? Or do you feel comfortable resizing partitions yourself after install?

  • Tobias Boyd

    That's a kind offer, Forrest. I'm sure if you could post it to a gDrive or Dropbox account that would probably work for most people - I assume it must weigh more than 5GB installed? As long as it's less than 20GB it would work fine for me.

  • Forrest Smith


    I think I can create a16 GB image - that should be enough size for use.

    I'll post a download link here when I have the chance later this week.

  • Chris Clawson

    I'm not having any luck so far. I tried a couple different methods to produce a virtual disk - using qemu-img to convert the .bin to .vmdk, and using dd in a Linux VM to write the image to a virtual disk. Neither image will boot in VMware 12 or Virtualbox 4.3. GParted also complains that the image has errors: "The backup GPT table is not at the end of the disk, as it should be. This might mean that another operating system believes the disk is smaller." and "Not all of the space available to /dev/sdb apperas to be used, you can fix the GPT to use all of the space (an extra 51040320 blocks) or continue with the current setting?" Letting GParted fix the install disk allows all the partitions to be seen in Windows, otherwise I only see 2 of them.

  • Gabe

    Here's why a VM is so important: almost every non-savvy user who uses windows gets malware. Sandboxie is a PITA that never works. I've been looking for a way to have a VM chromeOS they can use for browsing.

  • Conor Anderson

    If you use Virtualbox, you can actually convert the bin to a bootable vdi with this command:

    VBoxManage convertfromraw cloudready-free-43.1.37.bin cloudready-free-43.1.37.vdi

    Then just make sure that EFI and PAE are enabled and mouse integration is unchecked.

  • Tobias Boyd

    Thanks for the tip Conor - the converted bin -> vdi does start up fine in Virtualbox 5.0.6 for me. But it still fails to install, so I will wait for Forrest's image file, for now.

  • Chris Clawson

    Yeah, it boots after switching the hard drives from IDE to SATA. However, it doesn't want to install. I'm guessing it's because I'm using the install image as a hard drive rather than a USB disk.

  • Forrest Smith

    Just wanted to update here - I cloned a HDD install and was unable to bot it afterwards - not sure where the issue lays, but after some troubleshooting I figured it wouldn't be any use to you folks either.

    If you're still having trouble, look around the forums - some others are having success. We may have a ready-made image for you soon as well.


  • Chapman

    Conor's solution also worked for me. VBox 4x, I gave the vm 2GB ram.

    The converted USB image runs as the first ide drive thus the failure to install onto what would be itself. I do not know what the differences are between live boot mode vs installed are, but even liveboot is useful.

    Runs slowly, my guess would be the video as non accelerated vga is the culprit. Though my doing this on machine with integrated video couldn't be helping.

    I might next try booting through USB pass through mode and try to let the os image install normally onto a different virtual drive. Which much closer to NeverWare's intention.

  • Tobias Boyd

    Success! A commandline install of 44.1.34 worked for me in VirtualBox 5.0.10. Basically all the suggestions up to this point - use VBoxManage convertfromraw to turn the .bin into a .vdi, attach it to SATA 0, make sure EFI and PAE are on, and turn off Mouse Integration, then boot, drop to the shell, and install (I used --skip_src_removable but may not have needed to).

  • Greg Power

    I found an easier solution for installing in a VM. Its more efficient too!


  • Jesse Pierce

    @Greg - can you please create 1 post with your link rather than commenting on multiple threads? It gives the appearance of spam or other malicious content.

  • Greg Power

    Thanks for telling me.

    I will create 1 post.


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