Get Chrome Os Flex For Pc Or Mac

You don"t have to buy a Chromebook khổng lồ enjoy the web-based desktop experience of Chrome OS. Here"s how to lớn run Chrome OS from a USB drive.

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You don't need khổng lồ buy a Chromebook to lớn enjoy the features of Google's web-based desktop operating system. In fact, all you need is a working computer và a USB drive.

Google now officially offers a way to try out Chrome OS using a USB drive, và there are also unofficial ways for you lớn experiment with the OS. These methods work whether you are running Windows, macOS, or Linux. Và no, you won't be overwriting your existing OS.

Here's how you can download Chrome OS và run it from a USB drive.

The Official Way: Running Chrome OS Flex

Chrome OS Flex is the latest OS by Google that is currently under development. However, Google has released an early access beta version for the public. It is lightweight and intends to lớn run smoothly on older devices with low specs & newer PCs alike.

Booting Chrome OS Flex From a USB

Chrome OS Flex eliminates technical complexities that might have hampered you from installing & using Chrome OS on your PC in the past. This version of Chrome OS has increased tư vấn for tons of devices và lets you enjoy the official build on your PC.

So, here is how you can boot Chrome OS from a USB using Chrome OS Flex.

First, you should have a USB drive that you need to lớn make bootable with a minimum of 8GB of storage. It is better to use a bigger USB if you plan on booting và using the OS from your USB.

You can do this using Etcher if you have the ISO or BIN tệp tin for the latest Chrome OS Flex release. However, we'll go for the official method using Chromebook Recovery Utility. Please lưu ý that, as of this writing, this method is unavailable for Linux users.

It is best that you use Google Chrome for this to work smoothly. As the first step is lớn install Chromebook Recovery Utility, which is a Chrome extension used to create recovery truyền thông for Chromebooks.


When the extension is installed, a popup will show up. Choose your device mã sản phẩm and follow the steps. In the end, it will download the Chrome OS Flex BIN file to your drive.


If your PC manufacturer and product are unavailable, select Google Chrome OS Flex under Select a manufacturerChrome OS Flex (Developer-Unstable) under Select a product. Press Continue & select your USB drive. Now, click Continue again to create a bootable USB drive.


Now that you have downloaded Chrome OS Flex. Shut down the PC và turn it on again. Go to the BIOS one-time boot menu and select the USB drive. The system will start booting from the USB.


Now that Chrome OS Flex is ready, you can install it on the primary hard disk or keep using it through the USB drive with some memory limitations. Please cảnh báo that installing Chrome OS Flex on a hard disk will remove your existing OS, and you can't undo this process.

The Unofficial Way: Running the Open-Source Chromium OS

In this method, we will create a bootable USB drive loaded with the Chromium OS disk image. Chromium OS is the open-source version of Chrome OS where all the development happens. You will need a few things before you start:

A working computer with a USB port A USB drive with at least 4GB capacity (8GB or more recommended) An archive manager (7-Zip, Keka, or p7zip) A bootable disk creator (Etcher)

Download: 7-Zip for Windows (Free)

Download: Keka for macOS (Free)

Download: p7zip for Linux (Free)

Download: Etcher (Free)

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

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Following this step-by-step guide, you can create a Chromium OS live USB.

Step 1: tải về the Latest Chromium OS image

Google doesn't have an official Chromium OS build that you can download. The best alternative source is Arnold The Bat repository.

Download: Chromium OS

Step 2: Extract the Zipped Image

You will now have a 7Z tệp tin on your hard drive. Extract this file using the archive manager on your device.

Step 3: Format the USB Drive

Plug the USB drive into a port & format it as FAT32. The process is the simplest on Windows, but macOS và Linux aren't difficult either.

For macOS users, the built-in Disk Utility can format it as FAT32. If you see it labeled "MS-DOS FAT" instead, don't worry, it's the same thing.

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

Download: GParted (Free)

For added comfort, when asked khổng lồ name the new drive, give it the name "Chrome OS."

Step 4: Run Etcher & Load the Image

By now, you should have a fully formatted USB drive named "Chrome OS," plugged into a port of the computer (as shown in step three). You will also have an unzipped image file of the latest Chromium OS (as shown in steps one và two).

And you have Etcher installed on your computer. So, launch Etcher now khổng lồ proceed.

Click Select Image & browse the Chromium OS image file. địa chỉ cửa hàng it in Etcher. Click Select Drive & choose the Chrome OS USB Drive you have created. Begin the process of installing the image và validating the installation by clicking Flash.

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

Step 5: Reboot Your Computer và Enter Boot Options

"Boot" is the process of choosing the OS. Every computer lets you select which drive 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 you just created.

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

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

Step 6: Boot Into Chrome OS

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

You will have lớn set up Chrome OS the first time you use it, ideally with your existing Google account. Don't worry. This setup 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 Your PC or laptop Into a Chromebook

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