A recent study by the NDP Group reveals that a whopping 1.76 million Chromebook units have been sold in just ten months. The study also reports that Chromebook accounts for the 26 percent of all notebook sales in 2014.
As most of you know, Google has been updating its Chrome operating system with new features ever since its first release but it’s not even remotely close to Windows, Mac or even some Linux distributions. A lot of computer users who have used Windows or Mac before making the jump to Chrome OS or Chromebooks agree that it can’t be used as a replacement to PC or Mac, at least for now.
Because of this, majority of Chromebook or Chromebox users want to install Windows or Linux on their Chromebooks. Since most of the Chromebooks out there ship with powerful processors, they meet the minimum hardware requirements for installing Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7. For instance, Google’s own Chromebook Pixel features an i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32 or 64 GB SSD.
A quick search on the web reveals that there are plenty of guides available to load Linux on Chromebooks but there are very few guides that can help you install Windows operating system on Chromebook or Chromebox. The good news is that there are a couple of good and working guides out there to install Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7 on popular Chromebooks such Google’s own Chromebook Pixel and Acer A7.
Installing Windows on a Chromebook isn’t a straight-forward job, but there are guides and video tutorials to help you install Windows on Chromebook.
Install Windows 10 on Chromebook with ease
It turns out that installing Windows on Chromebook Pixel is relatively easier when compared to other models. Dave has uploaded the following video to YouTube explaining the instructions you need to follow in order to install Windows 10 on a Chromebook.
As per the above video, installing Windows 10 on Chromebook is fairly easy and should be able to install in less than an hour.
Install Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 on Chromebook
Chromebook Pixel users can follow the simple instructions on this page to successfully install Windows 8/8.1 on Pixel and then install necessary drivers.
A video guide has been uploaded on YouTube by Johnny Phung showing steps you need to follow in order to install Windows 7 on Acer C7 Chromebook. Watch the below video guide to install Windows on Acer C7 Chromebook.
NOTE: I don’t own a Chromebook, and haven’t tested these guides personally.