Chrome OS is surely not as feature-packed as Windows 10, but one can’t deny that it breathes a new life into old machines. In fact, I would go as far as to say that, if you are a general user then you should use Chrome OS over Windows 10 for its amazing performance and battery life. And with the Play Store support, you can now actually run Android apps on your PC. How cool is that? So in this article, we bring you a detailed guide on how to install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store support. The best part is that you will continue to receive updates directly from Google. In addition, you can also access Linux GUI apps on your PC so that is an added advantage. With all that said, let’s now go ahead and learn how to install Chrome OS on PC with Google Play Store support.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support in 2020

Before we start our tutorial, let’s get the requirements and downloads out of the way. Once you meet all the requirements and download the relevant files, the setup will go smoothly.

Requirements

  • UEFI boot support in the BIOS
  • Intel-based CPU and GPU (AMD CPUs are untested, hence have a low chance of working– more information below)
  • A USB flash drive with at least 16GB of storage space

Downloads

1. First off, download the Linux Mint Cinnamon image. Depending on your PC architecture, you can choose either 64-bit or 32-bit build.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

2. Next, download Rufus so that we can flash Linux Mint Cinnamon on the USB drive.

rufus

3. After that, download the official Chrome OS recovery image from here. Open the website and search for “rammus”. Now, click on the latest recovery image (right now it’s 80, but it may change in the future). Rammus is the recommended image for devices with 4th-gen Intel CPU and newer. However, if you have a 3rd-gen Intel CPU or older then download the latest image for “samus”. And if you have an AMD CPU then you can give a try by downloading the latest image for “grunt”.

rammus chrome os recovery image

4. Now, download the most important file: Brunch. It’s a framework built by a developer named sebanc so huge thanks to him for making this project possible. The framework creates a generic Chrome OS image from the official recovery image so it can be installed on any Windows PC. To download the file, look for the latest stable build and then click on “Assets”. Now, download the “tar.gz” file.

brunch

5. Finally, download the “install.sh” script which magically installs Chrome OS without manually typing the commands. The script has been written by Kedar Nimbalkar. To download it, press Ctrl + S and save the file.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

Now that we are done with downloads, let’s get into the steps, shall we?

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

Before moving to installation steps, I want to give a quick rundown as to how we will install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store support. First off, we will boot Linux Mint on our Windows computer, and from there, we can install Chrome OS on our PC. Keep in mind, this process will completely wipe your hard drive including personal files and folders. So create backup before you proceed. With that out of the way, let’s move to the steps.

  • Flash and Manage Files

1. Connect your USB flash drive and open Rufus. Next, click on the “Select” button and choose the Linux Mint Cinnamon image. Now, just click on “Start”. You will get a few prompts so click on “Yes” and “OK” to continue the flashing process.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

2. After Rufus is done with flashing, close it. Now, create a folder named “Chrome OS” on your desktop. Move the “install.sh” file to the “Chrome OS” folder.

Flash and Move the Files

3. Next, right-click on the Brunch file and choose “Extract to Brunch…”. All the files will be extracted in a folder on the desktop.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

4. Now, move all the extracted Brunch files to the same “Chrome OS” folder on the desktop.

Flash and Move the Files

5. Similarly, extract the official Chrome OS recovery image and you will get a folder on the desktop. Open it and rename the file to rammus_recovery.bin. If you have downloaded another image then rename it accordingly.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

6. Finally, move the “rammus_recovery.bin” file to the “Chrome OS” folder. By the end, you should have these 6 files inside the “Chrome OS” folder.

Flash and Move the Files

7. Now, move the “Chrome OS” folder to the USB drive on which you just flashed Linux Mint Cinnamon.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

  • Boot into Linux Mint Cinnamon

1. Plug the USB flash drive to the PC on which you want to install Chrome OS. If you are installing Chrome OS on the same PC then keep it plugged in.

2. Next, restart your PC and press the boot key continuously to boot into the BIOS. If you don’t know the boot key of your PC then you can find it from the below table.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

3. Once you have entered the BIOS, move to the “Boot” tab, and select “UEFI” from the Boot List Option.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

4. After that, move to the “Security” tab and disable “Secure Boot”. Keep in mind, every BIOS has its own interface so the menu placement might differ from one PC to another. Nevertheless, look for “UEFI” and “Secure Boot” under Security, Boot, or System Configuration tabs and makes the changes accordingly.

5. Finally, move to the “Exit” tab and choose “Exit Save Changes“. Immediately, after that, start pressing the boot key again. You will be asked to choose your boot device. Select the “USB drive” and hit enter.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

6. You will boot straight into Linux Mint Cinnamon. If you are prompted with a splash screen, choose the default option: “Start Linux Mint“.

Install Chrome OS on PC

  • Install Chrome OS on PC

1. Now that you have booted into Linux Mint, click on the network icon at the bottom-right corner and connect to WiFi or Ethernet. The Chrome OS installer will need an active internet connection to download some libraries and dependencies.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

2. After that, open the “Home” folder on the desktop and move to the “File System” tab.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

3. Here, click on the search button and type “Chrome OS” to find the folder that we moved earlier.

Install Chrome OS

4. Now, open it and right-click anywhere on the folder to open the Terminal. Here, type sudo sh install.sh and hit enter. It will start downloading some libraries and dependencies.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

5. After a while, it will ask if you want to continue with the installation. Keep in mind, this will completely wipe your whole hard drive. To proceed with the installation, type yes and hit enter. It will now start installing Chrome OS on your PC.

install chrome os on pc

6. After the installation is done, open on the start menu of Linux Mint located at the bottom-left corner and click on the “Turn off” button. Here, choose “Shut Down” to turn off your PC.

Install Chrome OS

7. Now, remove the USB flash drive and then turn on your Windows PC. This time, your PC will boot straight into full-fledged Chrome OS.

Note: Before logging your Google account, keep in mind, you are officially not allowed to run Chrome OS with Play Store support on non-certified machines. In some ways or the other, you might be violating Google’s terms and conditions. So, I would recommend you to sign in with a secondary Google account so that your primary account remains safe.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

8. Now, you can run Android apps straight from the Play Store on your PC, how awesome is that? Not to mention, the Android framework is based on Android 9 so you are quite updated too. Furthermore, you will continue to receive updates directly from Google.

Install Chrome OS

9. Apart from that, you can also set up Linux on your Windows-turned-Chrome OS machine. You can find the best Linux apps for Chrome OS from the linked article.

linux apps Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

Install Chrome OS on PC and Enjoy Android and Linux Apps

So that is how you can install Chrome OS on PC and get all the perks including Google Play Store and Linux support. I tested Chrome OS on my decently-specced Windows laptop (Intel i5) and it was simply flying without any hiccup. The performance difference was amazing, to say the least. To learn more about the advantage of Chromebooks over Windows laptops, you can go through our in-depth article. And in case, you have made your mind to stick with Chrome OS then make sure to take advantage of Linux apps. It’s pretty good and works like a charm. Also, if you miss Windows apps then you can use Wine to run Windows apps on Chrome OS. Anyway, that is all from us. If you are facing any problem while installing Chrome OS on your PC then comment down below and let us know. We will surely try to help you out.

Comments


  1. I have both SSD and HDD on my laptop, am I able to install the Chrome OS on HDD only? without deleting any file in SSD drive.

  2. Hello. So, i’m trying to install this on my 9 year old ASUS EEEPC 1005HA Intel Atom based Netbook. However, since it’s a 32 bit architecture device, i’m a little bit skeptical about installing it. Can i use the guide you provided using “sammus” recovery image and the Branch you showed? Any answer would be appreciated, thank you. 🙂

    • Sammus is good, but if it does not work then go for Rammus. It has the widest CPUs support. Apart from that, you can also give a try at Reef if the above ones don’t work.

  3. Hey Arjun, thank you so much for this amazing HowTo!

    I have an ‘old’ Dell x86 Tablet, with an Atom x5 Processor, namely the Dell Venue Pro 8 5855.
    That’s a Stylus-equipped 8 inch Tab with 4 gigs RAM and an Intel Atom x5 Z8500 Processor (Cherry Trail Generation).

    Until now I had Win 10 Pro on this lil’ machine. Yeah, it ran quite ok and booted really fast (so was like ‘instant on’) but it never really suited my expectations 100%.
    Win10 on an 8″ is sometimes too ‘fiddly’ and in too many occasions that Tab was too slow. (when compared to a modern mobile phone where everything is working flawlessly)

    So I tried out your HowTo and installed Chrome OS.
    I like! It works flawlessly and is really fast on that machine..

    Though I have some things which I don’t like and would appreciate some help with:
    1st – The need to shut off secure boot.
    Is there any way to get Chrome OS with ‘secure boot’ switched on? I tried to switch it back on after installation but it just doesn’t work and throws an error.

    2nd – the boot process itself.
    It reeaaaly slow for a modern machine. Any way to speed that up?
    First you can see the GRUB loader and then there’s this ‘white on black background’ loading scheme which is looking like starting a machine from the 90s. 😉

    3rd – ChromeOS shuts down the Tab completely
    After some (not enough) time the Tab is ‘completely off’ (S5) instead of going to suspend mode/standby. (s4/s3)
    Ist there any way to change that behavior?
    I’d like it to stay in S3 till the battery is almost empty or at least after several hours (not minutes). And this followed by the S4 mode instead of S5.

    The Problem with S5 here is that ChromeOS wants the complete login data (mail, password, 2nd factor) after restart. So really can’t work uninterrupted with that, because you have to fill in those details always. That’s a bit …. annoying. 😉

    Any help with those problems is appreciated.

    Just don’t get me wrong: I really like the work you seem to have spent on this HowTo, … it’s just that I’d like to use this on a regular basis, and with the problems described above is more likely for me to go back to Win10 (where I can set exactly how long the Tab should stay in which suspend mode) or even Linux on it’s internal and Android X86 on it’s external storage.

    By the way: I installed ‘rammus’ as stated above. …perhaps there is a better option for me? (didn’t find any Chromebook based on a Z8500 chip)

    Thank you in advance
    best regards
    Frank

    • 1st- You need to keep Secure Boot disabled to boot Chrome OS.

      2nd- You can hide the GRUB screen by adding a few lines in the Kernel. Run “sudo edit-grub-config” in the Linux Terminal. Now, add “console=” after “cros debug” and before “options=”.

      3rd- Did you configure the Sleep Settings properly? Go to Settings -> Display -> Power. Apart from that, try disabling TPM from the BIOS. If the sleep problem still remains then install the testing build of Brunch.
      https://github.com/sebanc/brunch/releases

      Rammus is perfect for a wide range of CPUs.

    • Which image are you using? If it’s anything other than Rammus then edit the sh script file and replace Rammus with your image name.

  4. the backlight of the keyboard is lighting up automatically no matter how many times I turn it off. How to solve the problem

    • As I said above, you should use a secondary Google account just to be on the safe side. So far, Google has not terminated any account, but you should be cautious if you intend to use Chrome OS for a longer time.

  5. The touchpad gestures (3-finger and 4-finger gestures) do not seem to work on my HP Pavilion x360. I think it’s using the default Synaptics drivers instead of chrome OS’ default “cmt” drivers. Do you know what to do in this situation? The touchpad gestures do work flawlessly on my Dell laptop. I think the problem is only with hp laptops

  6. Hallo.. Thanks for the tutorial.. Is it normal that the screen become blank when the instalation of chrome os processing? I’m waiting for the screen become normal.. But it took a long time and still blank.. So i choose to shut down my laptop and reinstall linux mint.. Thanks before

  7. Hi, I’ve successfully installed Chrome OS on my device but WiFi and Bluetooth (Broadcom) aren’t working and the touchpad (Elan) has got some issue. I wanted to know mainly (although some advice on how to try to solve those problems is welcome) how can I activate the developer mode since I was unable to replicate the combination of keys on the standard keyboard. Thanks in advance, I hope you can help me or give me some advice.

  8. May I be able to install Windows 10 after installed Chrome OS? (running two operating system (such as you are allowed to run Mac OS and Windows on Mac)

    • There is a way to dual-boot Windows and Chrome OS, but the steps are pretty complex. I will try to install and possibly share the guide if everything goes right.

  9. I installed Chrome OS in my HP Envy X360 with an i7 Processor. I couldn’t use my touchpad. Is there anyway I can fix this?

  10. Hi I would like two softwares both windows and Chrome os is it able to keep switching will chrome odelete my windows files

  11. Will the laptop receive automatic OTA updates? or do we need to download a newer recovery image once it gets released?

    Thanks.

  12. Hi I tried these steps to a single tiny detail and getting black screen may be mine is AMD that is the issue but don’t know not working my cpu is AMD A8

  13. Not able to install linux on my chrome os. Every time it says error installing linux. The terminal gets installed but never opens. I have virtualisation options enabled in bios, connected to google dns too! What to do now?

    • Open chrome://flags and disable Crostini GPU Support. After that, restart your Chromebook and try installing Linux again.

    • I had the same problem no matter how many times I tried on my HP Pavilion x360. but then i replaced the HDD inside it with a SATA SSD the other day (since Windows 10 was running too slow). I’m currently dual-booting Windows and Chrome OS on the same laptop but with SSD and linux/crostini is working flawlessly

  14. Hi, would it wipe all data include Windows 10 system from my SSD? If I Installed Chrome Os, would I be available to access the original windows system?

  15. Hi!
    Does it work for a non UEFI laptop?
    I’m trying to do it on a HP Pavilion dm1, intel atom using samus image.
    When I reboot to i get a “Missing OS” message.
    This laptop works reasonably well with cloudready chromebook.
    Any ideas?

    • did u find a solution for this? im using rammus image but giving the same error of missing os. tried using samus image but apparently kedar script doesn’t seem to work. did you edit the install.sh to use samus?

  16. After installation, my wifi doesnt on/off doesnt work
    Plss kindly help my laptop hp intel core i3 6th gen 4gb ram
    Have been trying since 2 weeks no sucess

  17. after install, playstore and android app runs as expected.
    today when i rebooted, playstore and other android apps refuse to run.
    it just keep circling in the dock. is there any workaround?

  18. I have an ASUS laptop and it needs a path for booting to Chrome OS. The BIOS starts up every time instead of the new OS.

  19. After successful install I’m trying to update the Chrome OS to 83 version. However, neither if I change the Channel (Stable, Beta, Dev) there is no update available. There is any either way to force Chrome OS update?

  20. How to hide grub? And start direct on Chrome OS screm? Sorry i speak português tanks from tutorial excelent

  21. Is there any way to install chromeOS on a laptop hp mini 210 on legacy bios? And any idea to make a partition so I can boot into windows and chromeOS and no lose my info on windows?

  22. Every step followed and was excited to be able to run Chrome OS. running sudo sh install.sh and things where going great but never got to the question all data will be erased on your drive do you want to continue…

    • Open GParted application on Linux Mint (from start menu) and check the name of your hard disk drive (on the top-right corner). It should be sda. If it’s something else then note it down and open install.sh file using Vim editor. Replace sda with the hard disk name in the last line. Now, execute the install.sh file and it should run fine. In case, you are unable to edit the install.sh file on Linux Mint, go back to Windows and download Notepad++. From there, you can edit the file easily.

  23. People wouldn’t be mislead if you have mentioned chromium OS instead of chrome OS. Of course, that’s what you always do for money. misleading people to read your articles.

    • That’s wrong!
      What is described in the article is 100% true. It actually IS Chrome OS, not Chromium OS.
      Tested myself and working flawlessly.

    • Because it is Chromium OS. Chromium OS is the open source version of Chrome OS. Some people use the two terms interchangeably, even though they are not teh same.

      Chrome OS has Google proprietary apps and other software, Chromium does not. Chrome OS will support both Android and Linux, Chromium will support, but CloudReady does not.

    • Seems like you did not follow the HowTo…!?

      I did exactly what the article above says you have to do, …and it worked. Chrome OS is on my machine, not Chromium OS (You can easily spot the difference because PlayStore is there & working) 😉

  24. I have 2 drives in my laptop usually I use one of them as my main windows installing drive while the other to save my data. Will installing this erase both the drive (do to someone unknown error I am not able to save my data on usb or external hard drive or even cloud drive) so, will installing neverware chrome os erase my both drives? Please answer as soon as possible.

    • I have the same question. Did you find the answer?

      I want to install ChromeOS and at the same time don’t want to lose my windows installation. Is it possible?