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How to Install Chrome OS in PC
Dualboot Chrome OS in your PC along with linux or windows
There has been many people searching for the installation of Chrome OS on a old PC or a laptop. So, today we’re gonna guide you how to install full chrome OS with access to Android from within Chrome OS on an old laptop or an old PC and this isn’t using Chromium OS, Cloud OS or Fade OS this is Chrome OS that you can install on pretty much any Intel based PC.
This is full chrome OS for your laptop or your desktop we also have access to Android and the Google Play Store and you can install Linux apps just like you can with most of the newer Chromebooks out there this is actually really easy to install and use.
Basically what we’re gonna do is start up Linux Mint running live from the USB and then install Chrome OS we’ll wipe the internal drive of the PC we’re going to be installing this on so if you have Windows installed on your PC and you use it every day don’t go doing this but if you have an extra laptop or an old desktop laying around you could definitely try installing and use Chrome OS.
For all this process, we’re going to download five files. They’re:
- Linux Mint
- Brunch Files
- Install.sh File
- Chrome OS File
The first thing you’ll need is that USB Drive we do recommend at least the 16 gigabyte Drive
Downloading Required Files:
1. We need to do is download Linux Mint from here. and we’re just gonna use this as a live USB so we can install Chrome OS using this operating system we’re gonna run this all from the USB. Download the appropriate version ie., either 32 bit or 64 bit.
2. Then download Rufus that allows us to flash that image to a USB Drive.
3. Now, download the latest version of Brunch from GitHub. As of now the latest version is 4.19.
4. Now we actually need to get the Chrome OS image and from this link you’re gonna find Rammus in the page using Find in page(Ctrl+F) and download the latest recovery build and extract it. As of this post, it is 80, but it could be higher. This this the largest file you’re going to download and it’s going to be around 1.2 GB.
5. The final thing we’ll need is the install.sh file. For this you need to go to this page and right click and save it as install.sh.
Getting ready with the bootable drive:
Now place all of the downloaded files on to a single directory or on to your desktop.
All the files you’ll be having are Linux Mint, Rufus, Brunch, Chrome OS Image and install.sh.
First thing we need to do is flash our drive with Linux man we’re gonna start up Rufus from within this application we need to make sure that we have our USB drive chosen just make sure it is the correct USB.
We’re gonna navigate to where we have the Linux Mint image and finally we’ll click start this is gonna flash Linux Mint to that USB drive so we can boot it up live on our PC you get a couple warnings Yes and we want to write this in an ISO image mode click OK all the data on the USB Drive will be destroyed. We’re now done with flashing the Linux Mint to our USB Drive.
Now it’s time to get the other files we downloaded. Create a folder called Chrome OS and move the install.sh file that we’ve downloaded inside of this folder. Now extract both the files Brunch and Chrome OS image and move all the files from both of them into the Chrome OS folder you’ve created. Then move the Chrome OS folder into the USB Drive.
Now, finally your bootable drive is ready.
Firstly, go to your machine BIOS menu(ie., by clicking either Esc, F2, F9, F10, or F12 while turning on the machine) and Disable Secure Boot and Boot Option to UEFI.
- Then plug in your bootable USB and enter in to the boot menu and click on the USB Drive.
- After that select the Linux Mint option to run it live from the USB Drive.
- Once you have selected Linux Mint, you’ll be directed to the Desktop of Linux Mint.
- Make sure you’re online while you’re using Linux Mint.
Then go to the Chrome OS folder we’ve created in the File Explorer.
- Then right click and open terminal in Chrome OS directory.
- Now, in terminal run the command
sudo sh install.sh. In this step it will download some dependences, that’s why you need to be online.
- Now we’re going to install the Chrome OS and make this a strictly Chromebook. To do so, type Yes.
- It will take around 5-10 minutes depending on your internet connection.
- Once the process is done, you can either type
sudo rebootor go to the menu and select Restart and remove the USB Drive.
Then your pc will be booted with Chrome OS and follow the instructions on the screen to setup the device.
For more detailed procedure of installation, go through the video by Kedar Nimbalkar
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Content and Image credits: Kedar Nimbalkar