You don"t need a Chromebook to enjoy the features of Google"s Chrome OS. All you need is a working PC and a USB drive sầu.

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You don"t need to lớn buy a Chromebook to enjoy the features of Google"s desktop operating system (OS). In fact, all you need is a working computer và a USB Drive sầu.

Google doesn"t officially offer a way khổng lồ try it out, but developers have sầu figured out ways for you khổng lồ experiment with the open-source OS. This method works whether you are running Windows, macOS, or Linux. And no, you won"t be overwriting your existing OS.

Here"s what you need lớn know.

Running Chrome OS From a USB Drive

We will create a bootable USB drive sầu, loaded with the Chromium OS disk image. But you will need a few things before you start.

A working computer with a USB port A USB drive sầu with at least 4 GB capathành phố

Note: The USB drive sầu will be completely erased in the installation process. If you have any valuable data on the drive, please save sầu it elsewhere.

How to Download and Install Google Chrome OS

1. Download the Lakiểm tra Chromium OS image


Download the lademo Chromium OS image from ArnoldTheBat
Google doesn"t have an official Chromium OS build that you can tải về. The best alternative sầu source is Arnold The Bat.

Download: The lachạy thử Chromium OS daily build

2. Extract the Zipped Image

Extract the Google Chrome OS tải về tệp tin to lớn a safe location on your hard drive
You will now have a 7-Zip file on your hard drive. Extract this tệp tin using one of the 7-Zip apps mentioned above sầu.

3. Format the USB Drive

How to Format your USB drive khổng lồ FAT32
Plug the USB drive sầu into a port & format it as FAT32. The process is simplest on Windows, but macOS & Linux aren"t difficult either.

For macOS users, the built-in Disk Utility can format it as FAT32. If you see it labeled as "MS-DOS FAT" instead, don"t worry, it"s the same thing.

Format a USB drive with Disk Utility on macOS
If the Windows or Mac methods are confusing or overwhelming for you, then you can also use the SD Association"s official card Formatter ứng dụng.

Download: SD Card Formatter for Windows | macOS (Free)

For Linux users, we recommend using GParted for a quichồng format.


Download: GParted for Linux (Free)

For added comfort, when asked to lớn name the new drive, give sầu it the name "Chrome."

4. Run Etcher & Install the Image

By now, you should have a fully formatted USB drive, named "Chrome", plugged inlớn one port of the computer (as shown in step three). You will also have sầu an unzipped image tệp tin of the lademo Chromium OS (as shown in steps one and two). And you have Etcher installed on your computer. Start Etcher.

Clichồng Select Image and browse to where the Chromium OS image file is. Add it in Etcher. Click Select Drive và choose the Chrome USB Drive you have created. Click Flash lớn begin the process of installing the image và validating the installation.

Etcher validates the burning process i.e. once it"s done creating the image on the USB drive sầu, it will verify that everything is right. Make sure you wait till it says 100%. Once Etcher finishes, this will be a bootable USB drive sầu with Chromium OS.


5. Reboot Your Computer & Enter Boot Options

"Boot" is the process of choosing the OS. Every computer lets you select which drive sầu it should boot the OS from, whether it"s a hard drive, a USB drive, or even a DVD drive. You need to lớn enter Boot and choose the USB drive sầu you just created.

For a Windows or Linux PC: Different computers have sầu different BIOS settings. Usually, the Boot Options menu has the keyboard shortcut F5, F8, or F12.

For a Mac: As soon the Mac shuts down và restarts, press and hold the Option key. You will be doing this while it"s a blachồng screen, but that"s okay. Keep holding it till you see the boot thực đơn, which lets you choose between a Macintosh hard drive sầu or the USB drive sầu you have plugged in (usually denoted as "EFI").

6. Boot Inkhổng lồ Chrome OS

Choose the USB drive sầu in the boot thực đơn, hit enter, and the computer will boot from the drive sầu. You are now experiencing all the glory of Chrome OS, without affecting your main hard drive sầu and OS.


You will have sầu lớn cài đặt Chrome OS the first time you use it, ideally with your existing Google trương mục. Don"t worry, this cài đặt is only during the first time you boot up. Whenever you run it in the future, it will go directly khổng lồ the login screen.

Turn a PC or Laptop Into Chrome OS

Now that you have Chrome OS running on a USB drive, take it for a spin. You"ll be surprised by how similar it is lớn full-fledged desktop operating systems like Windows, macOS, and Linux. You can even install several Linux programs and some Windows software too.

If you lượt thích what you see and are ready to switch lớn Chrome OS, you don"t need lớn buy new hardware. You can turn any PC or máy vi tính into lớn a Chromebox or Chromebook with an easy-to-use software called CloudReady. The installation procedure is actually simpler than the above method. You can even use a virtual machine to install ChromeOS.


Now that you"re running Chrome, learn more about Crosh, the Chrome OS terminal.

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