[ Tutorial ] Create USB Bootable Google Chrome OS for Mac and Windows 10 Laptop Desktop

Updated: January 18, 2016 / Home » Tutorials

Want to test drive Chrome OS without buying an Acer, Samsung or HP Chromebook? Why not create a bootable USB Google Chromium OS for your existing laptop? All you need is a 4GB thumb drive and follow these 3 simple steps! Due to the This tutorial is meant for Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Having said that, the USB bootable flash drive works on Apple MacBook and desktop.

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Create USB Bootable Google Chrome OS for Mac and Windows Laptop Desktop

ChromiumOS is a lightweight, lightning-fast operating system for your netbook, laptop or even desktop. With the familiar environment of Chromium/Chrome, the entire web is at your fingertips in seconds. HTML5 is fully supported, allowing you to enjoy the very best that the web has to offer. Chromium OS is an open-source project that aims to build an operating system that provides a fast, simple, and more secure computing experience for people who spend most of their time on the web.

  • Step 1 – Download the latest Chromium OS* from chromium.arnoldthebat.co.uk. (Approximately 329MB)
  • Step 2 – Use WinRAR or 7zip to extract IMG file from the downloaded archive.
  • Step 3 – Use Windows Image Writer, then select the IMG file and select the USB device (4GB of space) from the menu, lastly click on ‘Write’ to create the bootable Chrome OS.

Remember to change the boot sequence in your BIOS. Your BIOS must be set to boot from the USB first instead of the hard disk.

bootable chrome chromium os usb


Download the correct OS for your system. If you are unsure, go for Cx86OS. More often than not, Intel powered laptops runs this version of processor.

  • CARMOS builds denote ARM processors
  • Camd64OS builds denote x64 processors
  • Cx86OS builds denote x86 processors

Will Chrome OS Overtake And Replace Windows OS?

Unlikely, the problem with Chromium OS is the simplicity of the OS. Computers are now divided into consumer and creator. Chromium OS and Chromebooks are neither good at consuming contents nor good at creating content.

As noble as the idea is, Chromium OS will be yet another operating system like Ubuntu Linux. The other drawback is the need for internet access to be able to use Chrome OS, yes, some Apps do run offline but not all. Chromebooks are like laptop that runs on one software and that is Chrome Browser, perhaps it is too advance in today’s age, I personally believe this is the future but not yet. Until the day everyone on earth have access to stable, cheap and 24/7 unlimited internet access, Chrome OS will never see the light of the day.

Google Chrome OS

Chrome OS screenshot apps menu

Chrome OS Tips & Tricks

Almost Windows like, the Chrome OS has a very simple and easy to understand user interface. Clean and modern, it is a browser running on a laptop.

Chrome OS Tips & Tricks google tutorial

9 comments on “[ Tutorial ] Create USB Bootable Google Chrome OS for Mac and Windows 10 Laptop Desktop

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    When the author says “Chromium OS and Chromebooks are neither good at consuming contents nor good at creating content.” They are off-base.

    Future applications will run via web browsers in the cloud.

    https://www.wevideo.com/ is a web based video editor that works fine on ChromeOS – no processing is done locally. Online services like this will only improve.

    I would expect Adobe to soon create a web-only platform for using their tools as well for ChromeOS users, and simply for users with older computers.

    YouTube also has a built in video editor now. There are code writing utilities that are beginning to appear in JavaScript and nodeBB based web applications that you can edit code in, complile on the web server, and run in a virtualized linux, windows, Android, or ChromiumOS environment (because Apple doesn’t know how to play nicely with the other kids).

    So – Mr. / Ms. Author, You are wrong. The future IS web based, and those that don’t want to accept it will simply be left behind as they are now.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      May I ask, how does a person edit a 4 to 10GB video on a web platform? Unless everybody has access to super high speed internet, software for desktop will always exist.

      YouTube Video Editor is a toy for kids, kids like you. There are plently of online photo editor, Adobe even have an online photoshop, may i ask, why are people still buying the software version when it takes a few seconds to upload an image?

      Cloud computing is other people’s computer as oppose to using my own computer.

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        @Ngan-Tengyuen A person can edit a 4 to 10GB video on WeVideo quite easily. The video file does not get transferred, the processing happens server-side. low-resolution renders are used for instant streaming and live editing. When you want to do a Hi-Res render, you queue it and the server performs it. Interesting you call me a “Kid”, I’m a middle aged adult that owns a video production company, has a house, a family, along with certifications and a degree. Maybe instead of personally attacking me over a topic that you don’t know anything about, you might go try it out yourself and see how you like it? WeVideo offers trials. If YouTube was for kids, it wouldn’t be a billion dollar platform.

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          Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

          Sorry to say this, either you are from WeVideo or you are pranking me. Hey, I am a Graphic Designer and I use Microsoft Paint… have you seen those amazing art work done via Microsoft Paint, this is not a joke, Google it. YouTube is a video sharing website, not so much of a video editing website, and it is still a money losing ‘billion dollar’ company. http://www.wsj.com/articles/viewers-dont-add-up-to-profit-for-youtube-1424897967

          Nice try Mr.Wifi Man.

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    How will I boot it on the Mac? All these tutorials only mention both Mac and Windows on the first paragraph but when you go down none of them talk about the process to boot the usb on the mac. After writing it as bootable USB my mac does not even recognise it. I can’t even see the USB on disk management for me to boot from it.
    Can the author advise?


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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Mac uses a different file system known as HFS Plus, which is different from Windows’ NTFS. Mac doesn’t recognize the file system on the USB.

      Neverware provides a Mac version, check out the instruction on their page and download the chromium for Mac – http://www.neverware.com/freedownload

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    Russell [ Reply ]

    Can this be run off a USB drive, or does it have to be installed on the hard drive? I just want a bootable USB so I can play around with it, but not install it. Having trouble finding one with Mac drivers.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Yes, it runs off a USB Flash Drive.

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    ManFredMan [ Reply ]

    With the Android play store coming to Chromebooks, I think you will see Chrome overtaking windows much sooner and with more aggression sooner than one may think.

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