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Running Windows programs on Chrome OS

I am looking to replace my Windows laptop with a Chromebook. I understand there is an Android app that allows you to run Windows programs on Chrome OS. Has anyone tried this? I am especially interested in using Quicken and Turbo Tax on a Chromebook.

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Clarification Request
My Chromebook doesn't do this trick.

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Cross Over for Chrome OS

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WINE over the years.

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Has left a bad taste in my mouth. So much promise yet it seems to never quite get the job done.

Good luck but even though I own an Intel based Chromebook, I won't be putting in any time on this. Your link and the mere mention of WINE is why.

Hopefully you don't lose a lot of time on this.

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Crossover Article

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This from an article on Android Central:

Once CrossOver on Chrome OS Beta is downloaded to your Chromebook, you'll be able to search for and download more than 13,000 Windows applications that are compatible with the service. There are already a lot of big names here, such as Microsoft Office, Quicken, and Steam, and you can always try downloading other apps within CrossOver if they aren't officially supported.

Here is link to full article:

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you answered your own question? Just wondering.

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Answered My Own Question

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Yes, I believe I did answer my own question. I love it when that happens. Now I have to see if the performance lives up to the hype.
I'm going to call Quicken support and try to verify that Quicken is compatible with CrossOver. If that's a yes, then I'm off to Best Buy.
I had a near-death experience trying to convert to Windows 10 when it came out and once I finally got back to Windows 7 I vowed I would quit Windows entirely when MS quit supporting it. Looks like that might actually be a possibility now.

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I'm tracking this discussion.

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Because it's WINE I expect very little. Let's see how far you go down the rabbit hole.

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I'll Keep You Posted

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I will report back here with my progress.

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Reading "applications" as "programs".

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OK, Quicken support set me straight on my misguided interpretation of what CrossOver can do. It can run Windows apps, not Windows programs.
Oh snap . . . Back to the drawing board.
Maybe I will have to undertake the huge task of building a spreadsheet that can mimick Quicken. That's what I used before Quicken came along and made my life so much easier.
Any other suggestions out there?

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In reply to: Reading "applications" as "programs". is clear. Somebody says it can run Notepad++ . And mentions Quicken among many other programs.
So maybe Quicken support is wrong?

If nobody answers here that uses this program, it's up to you to try.

Personally, I could update Windows 7 to Windows 10 without any issue. So it's unclear why you couldn't.
But let me suggest buying a new Windows 10 PC/laptop as an alternative to your Chrome adventure. It surely runs all Windows programs out of the box (and by installing Classic Shell, it really looks like Windows 7), and it's not much more expensive. And it's certainly is much less work than making your own spreadsheet in LibreOffice or whatever other program that doesn't need Windows.
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Thank You!

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Thank you for encouraging me to continue my quest in using CrossOver on a Chromebook. I was very discouraged after chatting with a Quicken tech last night and had given up on my idea. Then you posted the above link and it looks like Crossover DOES let you install and run Windows programs on Chrome OS.
I have written to the developer, CodeWeaver, asking for clarification.

I already have a Windows laptop that I use for my accounting, investing and taxes. My goal is to have only two devices, a Chromebook and my Android phone. I want to downsize and simplify.

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This response from CodeWeavers:

Thank you for reaching out to us. There is not much of a difference between the terms apps and programs, only if you are referring to mobile apps. Crossover can run windows (apps) applications/programs, if thats makes sense. Anyways, currently both Quicken and Turbo Tax does not run in crossover for chrome.
With Quicken however we have made significant progress to have it run in the next build of crossover for chrome, as it currently runs in crossover on the other platforms. ( Mac & Linux ) respectively. This is something to look forward to.

Turbo tax on the other hand, does not have a good track record of installing or running in CrossOver successfully. This app updates every year, which can break functionality with CrossOver.
For the recent version of Turbo Tax specifically, users have reported not having success installing or running it. We have tried to make it work without much success.

So . . . it looks like I will have to be patient and revisit this project after CrossOver's next rebuild. Which isn't all bad as Chromebook prices keep coming down.

With Turbo Tax I believe you can use the program on Intuit's server, so I'm not too worried about that.

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As you may have figured out.


Cloud versions may be just fine.

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CrossOver Next Build

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The next build for CrossOver (Mac, Linux) expected mid October, with Chrome OS shortly after.

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