How to use KVM to run Windows 10 on your Chromebook

If you have a relatively powerful Chromebook you can run Windows 10 on it. I’m not talking about removing ChromeOS, as the Chromebook and ChromeOS are great to use. That being said, if you want to use Windows as well, a great way to do this is with a virtual machine.

By using a virtual machine you can keep ChromeOS working as usual, giving you access to both operating systems. Find out more about How to install Windows 10 using KVM on a Chromebook. In that article, I explain how the process works and it includes a video to help.

Since creating that video and installing Windows 10 on my Chromebook. I’ve come up against a few issues, which you may also find when installing Windows 10 on ChromeOS. Therefore, I’ve created this article to cover some of these issues and how you can fix them.

Your Windows 10 display resolution

When you install Windows using the method above. You may notice that the full screen of your Chromebook is not being used. If this is the case there is nothing to worry about because you can fix this inside Windows.

Once you’ve installed Windows and you’re on the Windows 10 desktop. You simply need to change the resolution inside Windows to match the resolution of your Chromebook display. Right-click on the desktop and go into display settings. Check for the setting showing the display resolution. You can then change the resolution to match your Chromebook display. For example, if you have a Full HD display change the settings to 1,920 x 1,080.

Do not worry if the display isn’t looking right at first, as it will take a few seconds for it to adjust. Once you’re happy with the settings simply click on the apply button. If changing the display settings makes your Chromebook unusable don’t worry because it will revert back to the previous settings after about 15 seconds.

Let Windows 10 settle before you start using it

If you’ve ever used Windows before you will know it can take some time to load correctly. Do not assume once you’re on the Windows 10 desktop that it’s ready to use. This may be the case when using ChromeOS, but Windows 10 is known for being quite slow to catch up on itself when first loaded.

Therefore, I would suggest once you reach the Windows 10 desktop give it a couple of minutes before you start using it. If you do this you will have a much better experience.

Browsing the Internet on Windows 10

One thing you will notice is that using the internet via a browser in Windows 10 when using KVM on your Chromebook is incredibly slow. In fact, it’s so slow that it is a pain to use. I’m not 100% sure why this is. This should not really be too much of an issue because I’m sure you’re not installing Windows 10 on your Chromebook to surf the internet.

I would suggest using ChromeOS to browse the internet when using Windows 10 on KVM. This is simply done by moving your mouse cursor to the bottom of the display. When you do this you will notice ChromeOS pops up in the background. You can then use the Chrome browser inside ChromeOS to browse the internet and this works as normal. You can then simply minimize the browser in ChromeOS and you will be back inside your Windows environment.

In fact, you can easily use any application inside ChromeOS and Windows 10 at the same time. This is the great thing about installing Windows 10 on your Chromebook using KVM.

Installing EXE files from the internet

I’ve just mentioned above why it’s a much faster and slicker experience to browse the internet inside ChromeOS rather than Windows. However, there is a time when this is not possible, and you will need to use the Edge browser inside Windows 10.

This is when you want to install programs on your Windows 10 install and the EXE file needs to be downloaded from the internet. In this situation, it’s much easier to download the EXE file using a browser inside Windows 10. This is because any downloads are then available in the downloads folder in Windows 10.

Just remember that using the internet inside Windows when using a virtual machine is painfully slow. You could of course download files inside ChromeOS and move the file to your Windows 10 install. There are a few methods to do this, and I’ll not be covering them here.