by: Shreyas Ochani - Last updated on: March 17th, 2022. Key TakeawaysChrome OS is an operating system from Google which is aimed at providing a simple and easy-to-use experience for its users.Users can run Android apps natively on Chrome OS using the Play store.Google Chromebooks are known for running Chrome OS but are not yet mainstream across the world. This guide will help users install Chrome OS on their old Windows PCs. Chrome OS is an operating system from Google which is aimed at providing a simple and easy-to-use experience for its users.
Users can run Android apps natively on Chrome OS using the Play store. Google Chromebooks are known for running Chrome OS but are not yet mainstream across the world. This guide will help users install Chrome OS on their old Windows PCs. Google’s Chrome OS has been gaining much attention lately due to its ease of use and overall functionality. In fact, Chromebooks cover the majority of the education market in the US.
You might be wondering why I should install Chrome OS if I already have Windows? Well, the simple answer to that is performance and battery life. Chrome OS is not as heavy as Windows and hence can work relatively better on low spec PCs. Also, the ability to run Android apps natively is a bonus. If you are a casual user who spends most of the time browsing or binge-watching the latest shows on Netflix, you should install Chrome OS on your PC.
With that out of the way, let us have a detailed look at how you can install Chrome OS on your old PC. The PC we are using for this guide is a twelve-year-old Sony Vaio and is currently running on Windows 11 (we wrote a guide on how to install Windows 11 without TPM). The device runs on an Intel i3 M330 chipset which is clocked at 2.13GHz. Furthermore, it has just 4GB of RAM and Intel UHD graphics. We installed Chrome OS on this device, and it has been a smooth experience so far on this 12-year old machine.
2. Download Chrome OS Flex ISO manually and install it on your PC with ease
So let us have a detailed look at how you can do the same. Important Disclaimer: You accept you understand the risks before proceeding further. Neither TechPP nor I are responsible for any issues you encounter.
Chrome OS Flex installation guide
Download Linux cinnamon. Chrome OS Download (Intel). Chrome OS Download (AMD). install.sh (Credits- Jagat Gyan). USB drive (minimum 8GB). All the Intel Gen 1 GPUs support only versions of Google Chrome OS 80. All other generations support the latest version of Google Chrome OS – (Currently Chrome OS 91). Users with legacy boot must download the Brunch MBR Fix file.
That being said, users with UEFI boot should not download the MBR fix file. Both Intel and AMD CPUs are supported. Check the list for supported AMD CPUs here. All data in the disk you install on Chrome OS will be wiped.
Installing Chrome OS on Laptop PC
Why are we installing Linux Mint? This might be the first question in your mind. The reason is we are first going to boot our PC into Linux Mint using a USB stick and then continue the Google Chrome OS installation process.
- But, first, let us have a look at how to create a bootable drive using Rufus.
- Open Rufus which we downloaded earlier. After opening Rufus, connect your USB flash drive to your PC.
- Please note- All the data on the USB flash drive will get wiped.
- Now choose your USB in Rufus. Once that is done, just below devices there is an option to choose an ISO file. Click on Select ISO and choose the Linux mint ISO.
- Under the partition scheme, there will be 2 options – GPT and MBR.
- Now, this will depend upon your Disk. In our case, it is MBR so we chose MBR. Hit start and wait patiently as this may take some time. As we saw in the steps above, choosing the correct partition scheme is essential.
- If we choose the wrong partition scheme, then the trick to install Chrome OS on PC will not work.
So let us have a detailed look at the steps on how you can check your partition scheme. Go to the start menu and search “Create and format disk partitions” and open it.