3 Ways to Run .exe Files on Chrome OS

Chrome OS does not run the .exe file because it makes running everything safe and secure a top priority.

The .exe file is an executable file, and such files are the products of Microsoft contained in Microsoft Windows.

So the question arises for Chromebook users whether they can run the directly executable files on their platform. 

To find out the ways to do so, and if you have been looking for this answer to solve your query, just scroll below and explore the easily comprehensible and practically performable simple ways.

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Ways to Run .exe Files on Chrome OS

Method #1


To run the .exe file on Chrome OS, the first method you will come to know is by going to this website by going to the link- Run Microsoft Windows software on Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS | CodeWeavers

You need to keep in mind that while using this method, you need to keep the Linux mode Enabled. 

Step. 2 Enabling Linux mode 

  1. When you are on the Chromebook, you need to hit the menu key.
  2. Now go to the search bar and type settings. Hit Enter. Click on it to go to settings.
  3. Now, press down the Advanced option that you will see on the extreme left, where a series of options have been displayed.
  4. Then scroll down to where it says, Developers. Click on it.
  5. You will see a heading showing ‘Linux development environment (Beta)’. Click on Turn On.
  6. A window will pop up on the screen. On it, select Next. 
  7. Then choose your username. After that, you may either choose the recommended 7.5 GB for storage or do a custom around 15 gigabytes.
  8. After you have chosen your gigabyte amount, click on the Install button.
  9. Once it’s done installing, a terminal will appear on your Chromebook. 
  10. The Linux mode has been successfully installed on your Chromebook.

Step.3 Installing Crossover 

The next step of the solution is explained as follows.

  1. Now go to the website mentioned above and scroll down to the crossover. Click on the button labeled Try Now.

Once it appears, go and type your name there in the section specified for it. Then go to the next section and type your email.

  1. When you are done doing that, press on Download Trial Now.
  1. Double-click on the file or single right-click on it and then click install with Linux beta.
  1. A little screen will show up, prompting you to install the app. Hence, go ahead and click install. Then hit OK. Wait for it to be done with installation.
  1. Once the installation is done, a notification will appear saying that installation is complete and that app is available in your terminal. There may also be an icon in your Launcher. It will appear at the bottom right corner of your screen. 
  1. An app will appear asking you to install Windows Software. Click on it
  1. It will say, select an application to install. So, you just type among us to install ‘Among Us’. Then do Unlisted Application Among Us. 
  1. Then click on the select installer => Choose installer file => Home => .exe file that you moved from your files to Linux files.
  1. So, this is basically the first way to run executable files on Chromebook.

Method 2 using AppOnFly

For this method, also go to the website; AppOnFly 

So go to this website, AppOnFly Cloud, where you can run Windows 10 in your browser, which allows you to try any software and install .exe files online on chrome from any website like Fortnite, epic games, etc. Whatever you want, you can just download it off the web and run it here. 

  1. Click start a free trial. It will put you on your home screen, where you can basically run windows 10 in a browser to install apps. Just open Microsoft edge and search for what file you want to download. It may be in a different language, but it will not be a problem. 
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  1. Search up ‘epic games launcher in the Google search bar and go to its web.
  2. So the following steps will display to you how this method works by keeping the epic games launcher installed as an example.
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  1. It will say whether you want to run or save it. We will just hit on the run. Now we have an epic games launcher set up. Just click install. Now the epic games launcher is being installed on the Chromebook. 
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  1. So this proves that this method really works.
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Final Thoughts

In the end, I would summarize that running the .exe files on Chrome OS can be accomplished by multiple options. The best ones have been mentioned above. Choose the one that suits you the most.

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