Even though Chrome OS doesn’t have the features of Windows 10, the new operating system from Google is certainly much more efficient and lightweight. And because Chrome OS is a very lightweight operating system, it allows you to restart your older, low-spec PC which is no longer able to run heavy Windows operating systems anymore and makes Computer Windows Slow.
So in this article, I’m going to show you a simple guide on how to install Chrome OS on your Windows PC. The installation process is quite easy and fast. I am sure your Windows PC will be able to run Chrome OS smoothly and fast. Now let’s go ahead and learn how to make your Windows PC run Chrome OS like a Chromebook device.
How to Install Chrome OS on a Windows PC Computer
Here, I will show you step by step on how to install Chrome OS on your Windows computer or laptop PC. I’ll be using CloudReady OS Neverware free which is built from Chromium source, just as Chrome OS is built by Google from the same Chromium source.
The only difference is that you won’t get support from Play Store with CloudReady. There is, however, Linux support on CloudReady so you should take advantage of Linux apps on Chrome OS.
Note: If your PC or laptop computer uses an AMD VGA then you may have problems installing Chrome OS. Even though you will experience it later during the installation process, you should still try to go ahead and install Chrome OS to check if it works on your PC or laptop.
1. First of all, go to Neverware’s official page to download Chrome OS files here. Next, scroll down and click “Download USB MakerUnder the Windows section. USB Maker is a software to download Chrome OS and create Bootable USB flash bootable. After that, connect the USB flash drive to your PC.
2. Next, run the downloaded USB Maker and select the PC architecture on which you want to install Chrome OS. You can find your computer architecture information by going to My Computer → Right click and open Properties. In the, “System TypeWill say whether your PC is built on 64-bit or 32-bit architecture.
Note: If you can’t find an architecture on a PC that is quite old then assume that it is a 32-bit computer. However, for all new PC computers or laptops – mostly after 2017 – built on 64-bit architecture.
3. Now, select USB Flashdisk You and click the button “Next“. It will start downloading the file and after that, it will automatically create the bootable USB flash drive. The file size is only 1GB so it won’t take much time to download but it also depends on the internet connection speed you are using.
4. After the USB flash drive is ready, click the “Finish“. Now, restart or shut down your PC and then turn it on again. When you turn on the PC, start pressing the keyboard keys to enter the BIOS when the custom boot continuously. Below are the BIOS key codes that you should press while booting for various laptops and PCs based on their PC manufacturers.
5. Your PC should display Boot Options Menu or BIOS Menu. Select your falshdisk USB drive containing Chrome OS and it will open the CloudReady screen. If not, find a button to enter the BIOS on the internet for your PC computer or laptop and press it until it enters the BIOS when it boots. In the BIOS menu, move the boot order for the USB flash drive to position 1. Now, restart your PC and this time your computer will boot from your flash disk and display the CloudReady screen.
6. Wait a moment, and it will display the setting screen. Here, click on the menu at the bottom right corner of your computer screen and select “Install OS“.
Note: If you want to test Chrome OS without installing it, please click “Let’s Go” and add your Google account. The OS will run on top of the USB flash drive and will save all changes to your USB flash drive without affecting the hard drive.
7. Now, click “Install CloudReady” to continue. Keep in mind, CloudReady has discontinued its support for dual-booting so you can’t dual boot Windows and Chrome OS side by side on your computer. So, if you want to continue with the installation, your hard drive will be completely wiped including your personal files.
I hope you do a backup of all your data on your Windows PC or laptop before installing Chrome OS.
8. Again, this installation process will ask you the final permission. Click “Erase Hard Drive and Install CloudReadyTo erase your hard drive and install Chrome OS on your PC.
9. After the installation is complete, your PC computer or laptop will shut down. Now, remove the USB Flash drive and restart your PC. Your computer will now boot directly into the setup screen. And, continue the process by adding Google account You to start.
And now you can enjoy Chrome OS on your Windows computer!
So that was about how to install Chrome OS on your old PC and laptop. As you can see, the installation process is fairly straightforward and doesn’t require much skill. All you have to do is download USB Maker and boot your PC via a USB flash drive to carry out the installation process via Flashdisk. The most important thing is that you have to backup the contents of all important files and documents on your hard disk first because this Chrome OS installation will erase everything.