How to Install Chrome OS on your PC

Chrome OS is quite famous among students as it is very lightweight and efficient. It may not have a lot of features like Windows 10, but it doesn’t have big system requirements. You can easily run it on your old PC. Just install Chrome OS on your PC and enjoy.

Google doesn’t allow installing Chrome OS on normal computers. So, Neverware has created CloudReady OS from the same Chromium source as of Chrome OS, which you can install on your PC. But you won’t be getting Play Store support in Cloudready OS.

SEE ALSO: How to Fix “Chrome OS is Missing or Damaged” Error in Chromebook?

Install Chrome OS on your Computer in 2024

So, in this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install Chrome OS via Neverware’s CloudReady OS on your Computer. Though there is no Play Store support on CloudReady OS, you can still use Linux on Chrome OS. Let’s check the steps in detail.

WARNING: You might face problems with Chrome OS on AMD graphics cards. But you can still try it and see if it works for you.

Step 1: Download CloudReady OS USB Maker

First of all, go to the CloudReady OS download page. Here scroll down a bit and click on the “DOWNLOAD USB MAKER” button.

This is an official tool provided by Neverware for creating a bootable USB to install Chrome OS on a PC. Download size is 48 MB approximately.

Download Chrome Os Iso Or Usb Maker
Download USB Maker for Cloudready Chrome OS

Step 2: Make Bootable USB for Chrome OS

After downloading the USB Maker, run the setup. It will show you the requirements, get a USB disk of 8 GB or greater size ready. Insert the USB disk and click Next >.

NOTE: The USB maker doesn’t support Sandisk USB drives. So, avoid using Sandisk USBs.

Run The Usb Maker And Click Next
Run the USB Maker, insert the USB disk, and click Next

USB Maker will download the Chrome OS image (around 1.4 GB) and create a bootable USB for Chrome OS. After successfully creating the USB, click Finish to exit the wizard.

Click Finish To Exit Cloudready Usb Installer Wizard
Click Finish to exit the wizard

SEE ALSO: How to Make Bootable USB using Rufus?

Step 3: Boot your PC from CloudReady USB

Now, it’s time to boot your PC from Chrome OS bootable USB. You may need to set up your PC to boot from USB first. After that shut down your PC and turn it ON again. While starting up, press the dedicated boot key repeatedly to boot from the USB. Boot keys may differ for each manufacturer. Here, you can check for major manufacturers.

DELLTap F12 when the Dell Logo is displayed.
HPTap F9 when the HP Logo is displayed.
LenovoTap F12 when the Lenovo Logo is displayed.
AppleHold Option (next to the ⌘ key) when the computer first turns on.
ToshibaTap F12 or F2 when the Toshiba Logo appears.
AcerTap F12 as the Acer Logo appears.
OthersTry pressing the Esc, F1-F12, or Enter keys during bootup.

From the boot menu, select the USB drive that you have created in the previous step. On successful boot, you will see the CloudReady screen.

Select Bootable Usb
Select Bootable USB to install Chrome OS

Step 4: Start Chrome OS Installation

After loading the necessary files, you will see the Chrome OS setup screen. Now, click on the time menu at the bottom-right corner and then click Install OS.

Click Time Menu And Then Click Install Os To Start Installation
Click the time menu and then click the Install OS button

Next, you will see the CloudReady installer wizard. Here, click on the “INSTALL CLOUDREADY” button to continue.

NOTE: Since CloudReady has stopped supporting dual-boot, you can’t install Windows and Chrome OS together. And CloudReady setup will wipe your HDD completely. So, we suggest you back up your Windows PC before proceeding.

Click Install Cloudready Button To Start Chrome Os Install
Click the Install CloudReady button

SEE ALSO: How to install Windows and Android side by side on your PC?

Step 5: Install Chrome OS and Configure your Google Account

CloudReady setup will ask for your permission to format the hard drive. So, click the “ERASE HARD DRIVE & INSTALL CLOUDREADY” button to install Chrome OS on your PC.

Click Erase Hard Drive And Install Cloudready To Wipe Your Hdd And Install Chrome Os
Click Erase Hard Drive & Install CloudReady

Setup will completely shut down your PC after successful installation. Now, remove the bootable USB from your PC and turn it ON.

Your computer will boot into the Chrome OS setup screen. Simply click the “Let’s Go >” button to continue the initial setup. Now, you can add your Google account and enjoy Chrome OS on your PC.

Start Initial Chrome Os Setup After Installation
Start initial Chrome OS Setup after installation

SEE ALSO: How to Format Corrupt USB drive/SD card using Chromebook Recovery Utility?

Revive your Old PC with Chrome OS

The above tutorial explained a simple approach to how to install Chrome OS on a PC. Chrome OS can even work on low-configuration PCs. Neverware has done a great job compiling the same Chromium source and making it available to the general public. However, Neverware is part of Google now.

Hope you enjoyed the Chrome OS installation on your PC. You can also install Android, or Remix OS on your PC. Just make sure to back up everything before you start. In case you have any problems while installing Chrome OS, feel free to share them in the comment section down below.

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