Got an old laptop lying around? Give it a new lease of life by turning it into a Chromebook.
It would be very difficult compared to Windows to get infected with malware, adware and viruses. Of course, installing Android on a PC is another alternative.
Before we get started, there is one technicality that must be discussed. Chrome OS is a closed source operating system. There is no way that you are going to be able to run that on any hardware.Its open source counter-part is called Chromium OS.You can use any of the pre-built images found here or here.
(personally i like neverware due to easier installation)
So here’s 2 ways to install chrome os on pc:
Method 1: Using win32Disk Imager
What You Will Need:
- Chrome OS
- Win32Disk Imager
- 8 GB USB Drive
Step 1: Bootable USB
First, download and extract the Chrome OS image file. Then burn it to your USB using Win32Disk imager.
Step 2: Booting
On your computer or laptop, make sure to boot from the USB. It should take you into the Chromium setup screen. From this point, you can set up your account and keep Chromium running from your USB.
Install to your Hard Drive (optional):
On the Chrome Login screen your four account, type in CRTL + ALT + F2 (forward arrow) to bring up the console window. For the login, type in chronos. Then type in the following:
That should install Chromium to your hard drive. It will ERASE EVERYTHING.
If the above command fails, try typing in sudo bash then retyping in the command.
(This method is a bit risky because you need to have drivers for your Wi-Fi/Ethernet card or else it gets stuck on the “splash” Chrome screen)
Method 2: Neverware
Best/hassle free way to install chrome
The first thing to do is to head to CloudReady’s website and download the free version – around 640MB.
Next, get the Chromebook Recovery Utility which is an extension for the Google Chrome browser. Once installed, you’ll find it in your Start menu.
Now grab an 8GB (or larger) USB flash drive and back up any files from it you don’t want to lose.
Run the Recovery Utility and click the cog icon at the top and choose Use local image, then browse to the downloaded CloudReady zip file (don’t unzip it).
Select the flash drive and click Continue, and the utility will turn it into a bootable drive in around 10-15 minutes.
Now insert the drive into the old computer and press its power button. It should boot from the removable drive.
If it doesn’t check the bios settings and set boot priority to USB or Generic Flash Disk or the name of your Disk manufacturer.
(a simple google search with your system’s name should give you trigger key for bios but usually during the boot sequence it is displayed on your screen.)
You’ll first see a screen asking you to choose your language and connect to a wireless network.
After that, is a prompt to ‘Sign into your Chromebook’. You can do so, if only to check that CloudReady runs ok on your hardware. This ‘live mode’ isn’t going to perform as well as when the OS is installed on the internal hard drive, so click the system tray at the bottom-right of the screen and choose Install CloudReady
The following screens will ask if you want to dual-boot CloudReady or run it as the only OS. While dual-booting might sound tempting, it will only work if your laptop has a UEFI BIOS. Many older machines don’t, so you’ll get an error if you select this option.
So most people will have to choose the Standalone option, which will erase the entire hard drive – so make sure you’ve backed up any files from it that you want to keep.
Installation should take 20 minutes or so, but you might find the installation freezes.It would appear your success is largely down to luck and whether your laptop is compatible or not.
Assuming the installation goes smoothly, your laptop will turn off. You need to remove the USB stick, power the laptop back on and you should arrive at the Chromebook sign in screen where you must enter your Google login details. If you’ve used a Chromebook before, you’ll be right at home.
If not, you’ll quickly discover that there’s not much to do on the desktop. Like ChromeOS, CloudReady is all about its Chromium browser. Note that it isn’t the official Google Chrome web browser, so there may turn out to be slight incompatibilities. Unfortunately, you can’t just download Chrome, as this isn’t Windows. The OS and web browser are inseparable with CloudReady.
Comment below,which method you used and did you face any issues during or after the installation.