CrossOver: Run Windows Programs on ChromeOS



  • In an effort to not (try to) invent the wheel again,.. I need to be able to run some tools while in the field for testing. But - it seems that I will be footing the bill for the hardware to do this.

    Enter ChromeOS as an inexpensive alternative to a full Windows or Linux based system... But then what? there are 'Specialty' software we use to access systems across a closed network.

    RADmin is an example. It is used over RDP and Reminna as our remote access agent. - Okay.. no big deal.

    CrossOver - appears to be a tool that will allow you to run Windows programs on a ChromeOS system. Has anyone used this ChromeOS yet? Does it work or does it have issues?



  • @gjacobse said in CrossOver: Run Windows Programs on ChromeOS:

    In an effort to not (try to) invent the wheel again,.. I need to be able to run some tools while in the field for testing. But - it seems that I will be footing the bill for the hardware to do this.

    Enter ChromeOS as an inexpensive alternative to a full Windows or Linux based system... But then what? there are 'Specialty' software we use to access systems across a closed network.

    RADmin is an example. It is used over RDP and Reminna as our remote access agent. - Okay.. no big deal.

    CrossOver - appears to be a tool that will allow you to run Windows programs on a ChromeOS system. Has anyone used this ChromeOS yet? Does it work or does it have issues?

    I have used crossover on linux in the past. It was a nice product then (6? yrs ago or something like that) but was basically a polished version of Wine with a lot of the settings pre-configured. Personally, instead of going for a new chromebook, I'd take a long look at a refurb business class machine. I haven't bought from these guys, but we've had good luck in general with off-lease refurbs https://us.refurb.io/ They've also got a Canadian store which is always a plus for me 🙂



  • That website @notverypunny has some decent options too that would be worth making the spend on it.

    Maybe @WrCombs might consider making a purchase here instead of through his employer.



  • This is a pretty damn cheap laptop and can be upgraded with both an SSD and more RAM for cheap.



  • I'm partial to Dell, and dellrefurbished.com has 45% off on some E6440 laptops.

    https://www.dellrefurbished.com/laptops?filter_grade=14&filter_model=1673



  • @notverypunny said in CrossOver: Run Windows Programs on ChromeOS:

    I'm partial to Dell, and dellrefurbished.com has 45% off on some E6440 laptops.

    Wow, there are some seriously good deals on here.



  • Testing some program...

    So, I installed CrossOver, and one of the smaller programs I might use and found that really,.. this is a issue for a 'real laptop'...

    Chirp - Used to program a few of the radios I have.
    12MB exe file

    It installed fine,.. and ran... so - cool; but I need to connect to the radio - which uses a USB to Serial device,... Connected the USB2Serial, and nothing,.. can't find it,.. doesn't seem to support it. I looked a bit for drivers and such - and wasn't successful.

    Looking at storage.. There was 6.5GB of space available.. Uhm yea.. this is really likely not the tool needed for this task.

    It happens.. and no worries.. otherwise - it was 50% successful.



  • There is a Wine for Android option perhaps. And if your ChromeOS runs Linux apps, Wine might work that way.



  • @Reid-Cooper said in CrossOver: Run Windows Programs on ChromeOS:

    There is a Wine for Android option perhaps. And if your ChromeOS runs Linux apps, Wine might work that way.

    Agreed - and I did see that. However, I again run into the issue of the USBtoSerial not working... at least it seems to not work. Might look again over the weekend... oh wait.. I really don't have a weekend between sports events and other crap...