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! 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.
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.
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 consumers and creators. 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 laptops that run on one software and that is Chrome Browser. Perhaps it is too advanced in today’s age, I personally believe this is the future but not yet. Until the day everyone on earth has access to stable, cheap and 24/7 unlimited internet access, Chrome OS will never see the light of the day.
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.