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.

327 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you for this guide. Finally, I made my old Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet usable. Win 10 sucked in this tablet. It took few attempts though. Finding the correct recovery image was a challenge. Finally, ‘samus’ image worked. I had to modify the install.sh to change the destination drive. In dell venue pro recognized the internal drive was recognized as ‘/dev/mmcblk2’. After making the change, it worked.
    If anyone attempting in this tablet, couple of things to note:
    1. The USB drive will not boot unless you change the bootloader. See some info in the link below under section ‘Building the 32-bit UEFI GRUB bootloader’:
    https://gist.github.com/franga2000/2154d09f864894b8fe84
    2. The built-in Wifi is not recognized with any linux distro (I tried mint and ubuntu). I had to use a dongle to connect to the Internet. Later, after reimage, ChromeOS recognized it and works well.
    3. There are still couple of issues (minor): the screen auto-rotate does not work with ChromeOS and the built-in camera is not recognized.

    • Hmm, that’s strange. I’ve the same machine (VP8) but no problems with WiFi/Bluetooth/Screen-Orientation/Digitizer at all…!?

      Which version of the Tab do u have?
      The 5830 (Atom Z3740D, 2gigs RAM or the 5855 (Atom x5, 4gigs RAM)?

  2. Installed on Lenovo T490, doesn’t work touchpad. Is there any suggestion?
    Tried to add options=alt_touchpad_config, didn’t help.
    Trackpoint is working.

  3. I have done all the steps properly. after shutdown, it says no boot devices found. (I skipped the secure boot step because it was not there in my laptop)

  4. I installed this on my Asus T100 Transformer Book and works great now. Especially since a Win10 update blue screened it.

    I’m running v84 of ChromeOS, but see there is a new v85, and v86 is on its way. I’ve checked for updates, but nothing yet. Will my installed version update, or do I need to do a re-installed (which I really hope isn’t needed)?

  5. I’d like to point out that the install.sh script used in this tutorial is actually an incredibly hazerdous and irresponsibly written script. That makes way too many assumptions about your hardware. No matter what drive you actually have it located on, it will always, as writen, erase /dev/sda as the partition it thinks you want to install Chrome OS on. I found this out after running the installer and after it seemingly succeeded, I rebooted only to find that the Linux distro I had running on the laptop was still there. And that my boot key, with an Ubuntu based distro and the Chrome OS files on it, had been overwritten. With a bunch of partitions that looked like something out of an Android phone.. Be super careful with this, if you were to run it at the wrong time or Place it could easily be the equivalent of running “sudo rm -r /“ on your machine. It turned out that I had to edit it to run on /dev/mmcblk0 instead of sda, and I imagine a lot of ppl will be using this on machines with emmc storage that would be addressed similarly eg. mmcblkX where X is a number as opposed to drives that are addressed as sdX where X is a letter. Also any script that just wipes out your sda without making this explicit is horribly negligent at best. But still that should be a lesson to always read your scripts before running then and trusting them to do what you’re told they do.. And if you have no idea how to parse a shell script you’re probably better of sticking with cloud ready or just buying a chromebook off the shelf..

  6. hello arjun, installed chrome os now wifi not working tried your techniques(option=rtl8188eu, brunch beta ) , none worked. please help using now with ethernet cable…anyone found any fix fix for this

  7. First of all Great Article, but after installing chrome OS on my PC I really want to go back to Windows 10. Do we have any article on that? Or Will you please help me on this?

    • Kedar has a video on dual and triple boot with ChromeOS, Windows 10, and popular Linux distros, just go to his channel and you will find it (keep in mind that they should all be the same OS architecture (if you have a 64-bit CPU, all OS need to be 64bit).

  8. Thanks for the great article. Can I install the Chrome OS with playstore on my macbook. I am using late 2013 macbook. Also, I am using apple thunderbolt display LCD with macbook. Will it work when with chrome os?

  9. I downloaded Youtube app and youtube music app from playstore but when I open youtube app it loads for a second and says connect to the internet, when I click on retry it loads and come back to the same screen. Similarly, in youtube music, it asks me to sign in but when I click on sign in, nothing happens. I am not sure whst is the issue, my internet is working fine. Please help. I want to use real youtube app instead of chrome youtube.

  10. Hi everyone. Looks like it’s no joy for me on this install.
    I believe I followed every step to the last letter but I could be wrong.
    I’m stuck on step 5 ( After a while, it will ask if you want to continue with the installation. )
    It never does. Instead I get the following error (I also tried typing out the commands in the install file manually in the terminal):
    chromeos-install.sh: line 7: syntax error near unexpected token `$’\r’ ‘
    ‘hromeos-install.sh: line 7: `usage()

    I noticed a little higher up that there was an issue with a repository:
    Repository ‘cdrom://linux Mint 20 _Ulyana – Release amd64 20200624 focal release ‘ does not have a release file.

    I scrolled higher and noticed another possible error:
    -Please use apt-cdrom to make this CD-ROM recognized by APT apt_get update cannot be used to add new CD-ROMs

    I am at a loss here. I’ll try it from scratch in the morning but I don’t think I will get different results without some assistance.
    Thanks in advance for your help
    -=Frank=-
    Note: I am performing this install on an Acer V5 laptop with a 1TB hard drive and a touchscreen (USB drive is 32G)

  11. Everthing works fine except chrome failed to detect the sound card of Lenovo Yoga Tab 2 1051f. Could you please tell me how to fix it ?

  12. I have research about it and found that Chrome OS is installable on every PC or Laptop… Search Chrome Brunch Project to know about it… It is possible to install Chrome OS without UEFI support…

    • Hello Sayan Maji, share info about installing Shrome os without uefi. Thanks for article, works greate on my dell 7250 with rummus image. I need chrome os in my acer acpire one pav70 non uefi laptop! Help if you know pls?

  13. When I try to boot to mint live USB it recognizes the install.sh, rammus_recover.bin and other files as links. Anybody knows why?

  14. Hello, updates are not installing as mine is running Chrome OS 83 and the latest is 85. Is there a fix for this?

  15. Hi,
    I have tried to install CHROME OS on my old ALL-IN-ONE ASUS without the UEFI BOOT options and it dosen’t work.
    Have you any tips??

  16. First off, great guide. Thank you for your work on this.

    A few questions:
    1. Is the process similar in installing drivers in ChromeOS as it is in Linux (since ChromeOS is Linux based)?
    2. Is it as simple as using the correct ChromeOS image to match the hardware you have? What I mean by that is you suggest using an Intel-based CPU and GPU and the Rammus image because that image uses the instructions for the I5 Gen 4 or later processor. I have a Pinebook Pro with the Rockchip RK3399 SOC with Mali T860 MP4 GPU which is the same SOC as the ASUS Flip C101PA, can I use the Bob image to try to install ChromeOS on this laptop? (I understand that I would have to change the install.sh script)
    3. Is there a discussion board that I can read for more information instead of bothering you? 😉

  17. Still having issues on a HP laptop G60. Everything works until install then after all looks ready in the terminal I get: Chromeos-install. sh: line 5: syntax error near unexpected token `$’\r’ ‘
    ‘hromeos-install. sh: line 5: `usage( )

    I have checked the disk name /sda and changed the install.sh text for Sammus instead of rammus.

  18. Finally got it to install. I don’t think it like my video card or resolution. MintOS came up fine, but Chrome OS loses video connection as soon as the boot sequence is done. I have an nVidia 1060 and a 4k monitor. Thanks.

  19. What about Compaq Presario SG2-110SC – all-in-one – Atom D410 1.66 GHz – 1 GB .
    What version to try there ?

  20. Please help!
    I installed chrome Os in my laptop Dell Inspiron 3542. After installation it was running smoothly. Then i shut it down and later turned it on but when i tried to open any play store installed app then it started loading on shelf . same is the case with other apps also. I tried by restarting but nothing happened. Only chrome is working fine. I also tried to install apk files by coping through flash but the package installer app was also missing. Then I reset chrome os after that device was ok and running but again when i turned it on after shutting it down the result was same.
    please guide me to resolve this problem.

  21. play store is not working in my chrome os. i installed the chrome as per instrected. everything works fine. i am typing this message also from the same. but at first playstore opened, i installed some of the apps. but after 18 hours play store or the new installed android app is not working any solutions?

  22. I have an old mini laptop that has an Intel Atom processor and only a legacy bios. Is there a way to get this with a legacy bios and no UEFI?

  23. I’ve got success with installing the ChomeOS, but it’s for my kids school. Is it not a good idea for my kid to login with their school google account?

    • Just a guess here, but I think that he/she would need to log in with their school account. This would enable Chrome to sync everything (settings, saved documents, etc.) between the different devices, which is one of the chief reasons schools like Chromebooks. The only alternative that I see would be to sync manually every time he/she uses a different device, and that would be very awkward, lengthy, and onerous.

    • It might be trying to install to the USB. Open the install.sh file in Notepad on Windows and then change where it says /dev/sda to whatever the drive you are trying to install to is. You can check on an app call GParted which is already on the Linux Mint USB.

    • Deleting all partitions and creating one single ext4 partition before running install.sh did the trick for me.

  24. Another question: You never gave a size for the flash drive to be used. I assume that 8GB is sufficient (since you are only loading about 2.5GB onto the drive)?

    • Actually, he did:

      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

  25. (I hope questions are acceptable.)
    1. Can you install Chrome OS to a flash drive with this method if you have another one connected at the same time? I assume that you would have to change the script so that it writes to whatever name Linux designates to the second flash drive. The answer to this question would seem to be “Yes,” judging from other comments, but I want to be sure.
    2. If you can install the Chrome OS to a flash drive, would you be able to run it from that drive, thus keeping your Windows installation untouched? And if so, would you need one with more than 64GB capacity so that you don’t easily run out of space to store downloaded apps?

  26. Installed, everything works on my Toshiba C50 laptop. Many thanks.

    I used the updated version of Brunch and Crome version 84. It has not updated to version 85 as yet. Should I simply be patient for the OTA to roll out or will I need to manually update every month or so?

    Again, clear, concise directions which worked like a charm.

    • Not sure why, but the touchpad is working properly and I can’t click using the touchpad, I have to use the buttons or I would assume a mouse. Is there a way to fix that?

    • I am a noob on this, but it seems to me that:
      1. If you wait for version 85 to come out before trying this, you’ll end up waiting for 86, and if you wait for 86, then, etc.
      2. The instructions specifically state, “click on the latest recovery image.”

      This does bring up a question, however: I assume that you can always check to see if you have the latest version of the Chrome image, and update it manually if you don’t, but will this Chrome also update automatically, the way Chromebooks do? And if so, does it really matter if you use the “latest” image? Wouldn’t it update from 84 to 85 (when available), and from 83 to 85, and from 82 to 85, etc. etc.”

  27. Hi there,
    I did install, and it showed the installation was a sucess.
    When i restarted the system it went back straight to my windows.
    Im trying this on an avita 2in1 pc which is called the magus lite, it has a celron dual core running at 1.1 ghz with 2mb cache, 4gb ram and a 64gb emmc storage.
    Why after showing it has sucessfully installed is it reverting back to windows.
    Please advice.
    Kimd regards,
    RN

    • I’ve been fooling around with this and am on my third full attempt (not to mention a few partial ones) to install the Chrome OS. I have been trying to install it on a flash drive to try it out a bit before wiping out my Windows install. I notice a few issues that may pertain to your problem:

      1. The procedure apparently installs correctly, but when I try to use it, the OS is missing. I think the problem
      stems from changing the target drive designation (normally /sda when installing to C-Drive). If it is not correct, the script tries to install to a phantom target. There is apparently no message in the program to indicate when this happens. Instead, it gives a false success message. I think this stems from the fact that the drive designation is not permanent, but changes depending on which drive is attached where, and when. My suggestion is to use the “grep” command outlined somewhere here (several times) to verify which drive is what, so you can confidently change the wording in the install.sh file. Also, repeat this after you have changed it and replaced the installation media onto the target PC, just to be doubly sure.
      2. Another problem I notice is that the laptop I am playing with (Asus X551-MAV) gives odd names in the BIOS to the thumb drives I am using (I assume others are encountering the same difficulty), names like “UEFI: USB”, “USB Flash MemoryPMAP”, “UEFI”, just plain “USB”, so that adds to the confusion. This means I have to try different names and reboot several times (this is where the “partial” attempts noted above come into play).

  28. I have successful install it on my laptop (Acer Aspire 4739), but it keep booting to chrome os and I have no chance to log into the OS. Please anybody help to fix the problem?

  29. Hi guys, I need to install in a tablet. It has a bluetooth keyboard and touch screen. The first problem is that it has only one usb interface. So when i boot up on usb drive , I can’t choose the start mint linux. There is nothing can touch or no time countdown . How can I do ?

  30. Hello,
    I have an HP Omni 120 All-In-One that, after installing Chrome OS, shows a bunch of garbled characters continuously on the top half of the screen, and after about 30 seconds, it reboots and repeats that process. This is after we tried installing the lowest version of “grunt” (which was 72) AND tried installing the latest “grunt” version (84). We also had to edit the code inside the install.sh and replaced the “rammus_recovery” with “grunt_recovery”. Other than that, we followed every instruction written here, and it showed this. We have an AMD CPU and AM HD Radeon Graphics. Can you help?

  31. I installed this on a laptop because I wanted Google Family Link support – and that isn’t available in Chromium OS or NeverWare’s CloudReady version of it, as Chromium OS doesn’t support Google’s required API extensions.

    Good news! Family Link works perfectly. Once installed, the first Google account I logged in with was one that was under management with Family Link. All worked as it should for a ChromeBook. Thanks Arjun!

  32. I just replaced Win10 on an Intel 2nd Gen laptop and it worked like a dream – once I remembered the MBR rather than UEFI boot addition. Once installed I could updated Chrome OS from within Chrome OS – but, using the recovery image link above, it was already at the latest Chrome OS update. So no need to “force an update” to the latest Chrome OS build – Chrome OS did that itself.

  33. Thanks for this article . Is the Chrome OS is free to use ? is there is piracy if we use it without purchase ? Please clear my doubt so i can continue to install chrome os on my old PC, which is running on Windows xp.

  34. Everything worked after opening terminal and doing the command iam getting line 7 syntax error near unexpected token ‘$’\r
    Line 7: usuage (). Now what to do please help me

    • This is due to there bring windows carriage lines within the chromeos-install file. edit this in notepad++ and click ‘Windows’ in the bottom right hand corner. change to ‘Unix’ and save the file.

      • Hi GC. I got the same error and followed your instructions. When I opened the file with notepad++ it was already set to Unix.
        I did notice there was an empty line under the last command.
        I doubt that will help because I entered the commands manually in the terminal and got the same error.

        After I ran the install file (prior to my other attempts) I did notice the following after it loaded:
        I scrolled higher and noticed another possible error:
        -Please use apt-cdrom to make this CD-ROM recognized by APT apt_get update cannot be used to add new CD-ROMs
        Repository ‘cdrom://linux Mint 20 _Ulyana – Release amd64 20200624 focal release ‘ does not have a release file.

        I’ll try in the morning and will update this comment.
        Thanks for your help.

  35. Installed on an E6410 Latitude using Samus, had to manually enter the UEFI boot \EFI\BOOT\BOOTX64.EFI path

    However: I can’t actually do much on it, as there is a significant graphics bug. In example, when I first log in, the login screen is stuck on the display. Hitting F5 it shows all open apps, and gets rid of the stuck graphics of the login screen. This happens any time I close an app, having to hit F5 to see the screen. It also is stopping Launcher from working at all, likely as it loads full screen; hitting F5 doesn’t do anything on this.

    My guess would be it’s a bug with the Westmere iGPU, or possibly it doesn’t like the resolution 14″ 1440×900.

  36. EVERYONE HAVING ISSUE WITH CHROME NOT INSTALLING TO THE RIGHT LOCATION OR CHROME OS NOT INSTALLING CAUSE IT SAYS THERE ISNT ENOUGH ROOM ON THE DISK TO INSTALL

    Step by Step guide below

    After running into what looks like the most common problem in the thread (Which is that Chrome OS keeps installing to the wrong device or Hard Drive after you run the install.sh file from the terminal or that the install says that there isn’t enough room to install the OS and so the install fails) I have found a solution that worked for me, and am hoping it works for everyone else.

    The issue is that in the scripting to install.sh it is set to install the OS to /dev/sda. However, your main drive, or the drive you want the OS to install onto may not actually be called /dev/sda. In my case the thumbstick that had Linux Mint on it was coming up as /dev/sda while the internal hard drive was actually called /dev/mmcblk0. I then had to modify the script install.sh file (While the file is still on your windows pc, open it with notepad. This will allow you to modify and save the document without losing the file extension .sh) and remove /sda from the last line of code and replace it with /mmcblk0 so that Chrome OS would install to my internal hard drive when I ran everything.

    STEPS to find out what your internal Hard Disk is named and how to change the install.sh file

    1) After you use Rufus to put Linux Mint onto a thumbstick, plug the thumbstick into the device you want to install Chrome OS on.
    2) Boot into Linux Mint as shown in the guide above
    3) Once in Linux Mint, go to the terminal button in the task bar at the bottom and open it
    4) Type in the command sudo fdisk -l | grep ‘^Disk’
    5) Look at the list of /dev drives that show up and find one that matches the internal storage size of your device
    6) Document what the name of your internal storage device, mine was /dev/mmcblk0 and then shutdown Linux Mint
    7) On your windows machine that has the Chrome OS files and the install.sh script, right click on the install.sh file and select open with
    8) Select the application Notepad
    9) Go to the bottom of the script and replace the /sda with the name of your internal hard drive you just found via Linux Mint (mine was /mmcblk0)
    10) once you correct the script, go to file -> save
    11) Pick up the original guide above at step 7 (which has you moving all the chrome OS files onto the thumbsitck that has Linux Mint on it)

    You should be good to go at that point. Hope this helps you guys out.

  37. Thx for a great article. Makes em want to buy a windows Ultrabook and make it my new Chromebook…

    So: Would this work on a Dell XPS 13, latest release with an Intel i5 ice lake? I am mainly wondering if everything would work as intended or the touchscreen might be broken or like Bluetooth would not work, HDMI output would be messed up or similar things. It would be my new daily driver so can’t afford to have a half baked solution.

    Any feedback appreciated.

    • never do that, rather buy a Chromebook at the first place, most of them support touch screen also… this is useful for old PC’s only.

  38. I can say that this (Samus 84) works great on an Asus CBox CN62 with Dev Mode enabled and booting to legacy CTRL+L, along with the firmware screw pulled out of it. It will install, reboot, repair itself and still be recognized as my device, which it is.
    Downside of it is it still won’t update the same way it was doing on my PC version. However, I do have Android back, even though I tried any and every hack I could find, to get ARC enabled and going on the legit Chrome OS, including Canary, sadly to no avail, until I installed this. Also, the nice thing about it is that I still have the Chrome splash screen and it still boots in a hurry.

    • Hi,
      I have tried to install CHROME OS on my old ALL-IN-ONE ASUS without the UEFI BOOT options and it dosen’t work.
      Have you any tips??

  39. I installed chrome os and set it up, shut it down. When I restarted it I had to go through the set up again. How can I fix that?

  40. please whoever installing with that method make sure that your laptop hard drive removed from the motherboard (my hp laptop had a solid-state drive and a SSD for OS, I have tried that method and the chrome os installed on my hard drive instead the ssd) so the I have changed some code of that install.sh file)

  41. I was able to install this on a USB thumb drive, but it fails to install on an external hard drive. I get an out of space error on partitions 4 and 8 – 12 which makes no sense since the drive is bigger than the thumb drive it install in.

  42. I went through this on an old Dell Insirpon with an Intel Core 2 Duo, I added the MBR from Brunch since it doesn’t have EFI. With the Rammus recovery I get an infinite boot loop and with the Samus recovery I get an error on libext2fs…

    Will this run on an Intel Core 2 Duo T6600?

    • hello i also have an infinite boot loop on my hp with an intel i5 chip. Did you manage to get out of this loop? If yes, how ??

  43. I can’t thank you enough!!!
    Without trying very hard, had Chrome OS installed on my old HP Laptop in about 2 hours!!!!
    Does not recognize my fingerprint sensor but that is ok. Just happy to have a fully operational Chrome OS on a laptop with 12GB RAM and 200GB SSD and quad core i5. That would have cost well over $500 for a new one!!!!
    Also tried my external USB monitor and it worked. It worked!!!!!

  44. I’m with Asad, how do we force an update in Chrome OS version 83 recovery or even maybe via Linux beta? I can’t even change the channel from stable to beta or even dev, which is already supposed to be active. I’ve already redid the latest stable Brunch, should I redo it with the latest beta maybe to get an update going? is there a way to take ownership? However, I don’t want to sound ungrateful for all hard work everyone involved put into making this work, as I am appreciative and I am even considering buying a Chromebook along with a Chromebox for the simplicity sake of the Chrome OS itself to replace what my power hungry Windows machines do under all of my TV’s. I do find myself at this PC more often than not when I’m just mucking about. Thank you for the instructions and how to’s, most appreciated!

  45. See, my bad. I didn’t heed ur advice, and went on with AMD processor. Now it is stuck on a restart loop in b/w steps 7 and 8. pls help me outta this mess

      • Did a clean install of chrome os again. But still there is the same problem. I guess AMD processor won’t work for chrome os.

  46. I have successfully installed Rammus recovery version 83 on my HP Probook, it is working fine. However ever since the new stable chrome 84 has been launched, my chromebook didn’t update itself to version 84. Why is that and how it can be installed? Any help or suggestion would be appreciated.

  47. This worked great on my Latitude 3470 laptop, but there were hard 15 second lockups during media playback (off SSD) so I had to revert back to windows… too bad, as I was really enjoying the experience.

    • How you revert back to windows? Is the BIOS menu coming after installing Chrome OS on PC? Could you please share the steps on How to do it?

  48. This was a great tutorial and very easy to use. Thank you. Like a couple of other users, I have followed the instructions 100% completely utilizing the “rammus” image of Chrome OS and am getting a black screen when attempting to boot Chrome OS. My system is as follows:

    Lenovo Yoga C740-15IML
    Intel Core i5-10210U CPU @ 1.6GHz
    12GB RAM
    256GB NVME SSD (32GB Partitioned as NTFS for Chrome OS)

  49. Fantastic write up and thank you for sharing.
    I have a Tronsmart ara x5 plus and as my eldest has moved on to a laptop this was sitting around waiting to spring into life.
    The only issue I had was the Chrome OS trying to write back onto the USB stick but after seeing the first post here, looked up found the name of the hard drive. I couldn’t change it while on Mint, for whatever reason, but had the file on my main pc. Quick edit in notepad, save and copy back onto the USB stick, all is now working great!
    As is always the case, for me, I will now have to wait until tomorrow to have a good play around as an early start awaits!

  50. This is a fantastic step by step guide..went very smoothly on my Dell Inspiron 3558. Now I am trying to figure out what would my search button be on my laptop. As the internal microphone is not working, I was trying to check it on the alsamixer. But I can’t figure out how to do seach +F6 since I don’t have a search button. Any help appreciated

    • Hey! I’m having the same issue with my mic. I can’t seem to get it to record anything. I’m on a Asus TP412F. And the auto rotate in tablet mode is revered for 0 degress and 180 degrees but right for 90 degrees and 270 degrees. Any help is appreciated.

  51. I’m trying to load a i686, used the Grunt file, and renamed it to rammus_recovery, but script stops at needs cdgt file
    Any help would be appreciated.

    • check again if it is CGPT (for gpt partition), you donwnload from terminal (sudo apt update , sudo apt install cgpt) or you can search in google for cgpt file and install. It will work

  52. After finish installing with your guide on my Asus laptop, i72370H, It does’not boot and shows boot error “Please insert disk …. “. Boot option is missing in Bios as well. I found a fix for it from Cloudready forum, and it did boot/repair and finally boot to Chrome OS.

    Here is the fix:

    1. Turn off Secure Boot and Fast Boot
    2. Enable PXE OpROM (this is so you can add a Boot option)
    3. ADD BOOT OPTION: >> (name) Google ChromeOS
    4. SELECT FILE SYSTEM: >> (should already be the HDD/SSD)
    5. PATH FOR BOOT OPTION: >> \EFI\BOOT\BOOTX64.EFI
    6. Select “Create” (options will empty for new input but it has been created)
    7. Change boot order and move ChromeOS to Boot #1 option
    8. Reboot

    Thanks for the guide and guys, if your boot option is missing, use the one above

    • The issue is that in the scripting to install.sh it is set to install the OS to /dev/sda. However, your main drive, or the drive you want the OS to install onto may not actually be called /dev/sda. In my case the thumbstick that had Linux Mint on it was coming up as /dev/sda while the internal hard drive was actually called /dev/mmcblk0. I then had to modify the script install.sh file (While the file is still on your windows pc, open it with notepad. This will allow you to modify and save the document without losing the file extension .sh) and remove /sda from the last line of code and replace it with /mmcblk0 so that Chrome OS would install to my internal hard drive when I ran everything.

      STEPS to find out what your internal Hard Disk is named and how to change the install.sh file

      1) After you use Rufus to put Linux Mint onto a thumbstick, plug the thumbstick into the device you want to install Chrome OS on.
      2) Boot into Linux Mint as shown in the guide above
      3) Once in Linux Mint, go to the terminal button in the task bar at the bottom and open it
      4) Type in the command sudo fdisk -l | grep ‘^Disk’
      5) Look at the list of /dev drives that show up and find one that matches the internal storage size of your device
      6) Document what the name of your internal storage device, mine was /dev/mmcblk0 and then shutdown Linux Mint
      7) On your windows machine that has the Chrome OS files and the install.sh script, right click on the install.sh file and select open with
      8) Select the application Notepad
      9) Go to the bottom of the script and replace the /sda with the name of your internal hard drive you just found via Linux Mint (mine was /mmcblk0)
      10) once you correct the script, go to file -> save
      11) Pick up the original guide above at step 7 (which has you moving all the chrome OS files onto the thumbsitck that has Linux Mint on it)

      You should be good to go at that point. Hope this helps you guys out.

  53. Mine freezes at ‘fb0: switching to amdgpudrmfb from EFI VGA’ on first boot. Does anyone know the answer to this? I am trying to run it on a custom build with an intel i9 but i have a AMD graphics card. I have tried quite a few of different images with the same result.
    Can anyone help with this issue?

    • Just this week I installed ChromeOS on my Inspiron 15 – 3542. Installed without issues, but had a problem on reboot. But found the fix in this forum. Another user W.O. posted the fix for the bios to get it to boot. It works really well now.

      Here is the fix:

      1. Turn off Secure Boot and Fast Boot
      2. Enable PXE OpROM (this is so you can add a Boot option)
      3. ADD BOOT OPTION: >> (name) Google ChromeOS
      4. SELECT FILE SYSTEM: >> (should already be the HDD/SSD)
      5. PATH FOR BOOT OPTION: >> \EFI\BOOT\BOOTX64.EFI
      6. Select “Create” (options will empty for new input but it has been created)
      7. Change boot order and move ChromeOS to Boot #1 option
      8. Reboot

  54. Thanks very much for this tutorial. This interests me because my son has an Acer CX12 Chromebox & unfortunately it does not have Playstore support like his newer HP X360 conventional Chromebook. The CX12 Chromebox is shown as “planned” for playstore at googles list of compatible Chromebooks / Chromeboxes – but doubt it will ever happen as support ends for this Chromebox next year. So I put Linux Mint on the Chromebox. This device specs is Intel Celeron N3060, 2GB RAM, 16GB eMMC – do you think this Brunch ChromeOS would install? Or is it just aimed specific devices? It would certainly bring life back to my sons Chromebox if so 😉

  55. Hi thanks for the tutorial The link for the recovery image is not working. is there any other location we can get it from?

    Thanks

    • You can wipe the disk while going through windows installation setup. Delete all partition which linux/chrome os used and create a new partition, you are good to go

      • Hi Suresh,
        How have you selected the Windows USB during boot? Is the BIOS menu coming after installing Chrome OS on PC? Could you please share the steps on How to do it?

  56. I tried it with my “CORE 2 DUO e7600”, it got installed successfully … After That, as u mentioned to shut down after installation, i did it!! but after that when i booted up, it says “no bootable media found…..” …….. i tried installing it for 3 times, every time i was successful in installing it but when i boot up, it shows me the error message…… Any idea why i m getting this…….. even when i checked my HDD in windows 10, Chrome OS Installation broke it into several partitions……

  57. I was able to install clean with 83 version.
    But when I tried to dual boot with multi_install.sh
    It always shows “not enough space to create image” error.
    .
    The partition is 45gb and the usb is 17gb…
    Any advice please?

  58. An interesting guide, so I was interested is seeing what happens if I attempted this on an ancient laptop (Fujitsu Siemens V5535) which doesn’t have an UEFI BIOS. The simple answer is.. that it seems to require the UEFI BIOS (as he states at the very beginning in requirements) to work. Going more in depth, the sudo apt-get update (the first command in install.sh) bombed out with “the repository ‘cdrom://Linux Mint 20 _Ulyana_ – Release amd64 20200624 focal Release dies not have a release file” so the way I got around that was running the GUI update manager. Then running the commands in install.sh, one by one in Terminal or so I thought.. I was attempting to do this using a 16GB USB stick that got filled up very quickly with updates and ran out of space. Thus then deciding to install Linux Mint (onto the hard drive) and try again. Ultimately it’ll still probably say “Missing OS” as my ancient laptop doesn’t have UEFI but if in the unlikely event that doesn’t happen I’ll update you here.

  59. When you said “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=”.” I do that in the google chrome shell. I see the file, but I see cros_secure and no options=.. help?

  60. can we not use linux xfce did we have to use only linux mint cinnamon
    i am asking because both linux mint have ‘open in terminal’ option
    and can we not use bios mode without using uefi

  61. Hi! I am trying to download chrome os for my school, about 40 dell laptops, and I really need this to work. Ive seen these exact same steps in a youtube video from someone else, and as soon as I go to download the linux cinnamon mint, there is no link. It is currently at Linux mint 20, but I found the linux mint 19.3, when I click on it, and click on cinnamon 64 bit, it does not download, i am brought to a page that says download mirrors and gives me a long list of other links. I really need help.

    • You can click on any of the mirror links to download Linux Mint Cinnamon build. It’s recommended to click on the link that is available in your country. The download speed will be better because of the dedicated server for your region. That’s it.

    • Any Luck. I’m doing the same thing. School got win 10 machines because chromebooks were back ordered but the shool is on the google ecosystem. No in house AD so managing machines through google is much easier. Doing a system backup right now before trying this tutorial. Wish me luck. I’ll need a lot of it. They are AMD processors.

  62. hi, the install went well right upto the final point of reeboot. everything copied and installed fine, cinnamon loaded , went through all the procedures ,shut system down but when i power back up chrome os just keeps cycling and restarting. is there something i missed.
    trying to load onto hp pavillion intel i3 processor

  63. Thanks dear for writing this detailed article. What if we need to install only Chrome OS. Is there any simpler way of Chrombook installation like Linux Mint .img boot setup.

  64. Whole installation is complete and I removed the flash drive and rebooted but i am not booted to the chrome os
    Instead i got a screen displaying that that this product is covered by one or more of the following patents:US5, 305, 459, US 5 384 and so on what should i do now?

  65. hi, i followed instructions and all went well, shut pc down , when you restart it just cycles through chrome os

  66. Its showing an error
    Chromeos-install. sh: line 7: syntax error near unexpected token `$’\r’ ‘
    ‘hromeos-install. sh: line 7: `usage( )

    Any way to over come this

  67. copied ChromeOS directory to external hard drive as mint cinnamon usb was read only (I tried a couple of USB’s – same story).
    Anyway, install of chrome went well. No errors.
    Shutdown laptop. then started. I see Chrome OS booting (loading drivers etc.) It gets to the GUI where it says ‘Chrome’. However, I cannot use keyboard or mouse.
    Touchpad is also not enabled.
    Removed mouse and Power supply and rebooted. Still it gets to ‘Chrome’ screen, then frozen. Any ideas?

    • I tried the grunt recovery image (as my processor is AMD and is not supported with rammus). starts booting okay. Just prior to reaching the GUI, it restarts itself.

      My laptop is an HP Pavilion Gaming ec0050AX, with Ryzen R5 3550H processor. I may try websites like arnoldthebat for inspiration.

    • I tried the grunt recovery image (as my processor is AMD and is not supported with the rammus). starts booting okay. Just prior to reaching the GUI, it restarts itself.

      My laptop is an HP Pavilion Gaming ec0050AX, with Ryzen R5 3550H processor. I may try the website arnoldthebat for suggestions.

  68. My iball compbook excelence isn’t booting from the usb stick containing the Linux iso file but instead straight to windows please help.

  69. Its showing an error
    Chromeos-install. sh: line 7: syntax error near unexpected token `$’\r’ ‘
    ‘hromeos-install. sh: line 7: `usage( )

  70. Hi, thank you for this awesome tutorial. Unfortunately, I´m loosing my mind trying to install it. When I run install.sh it starts ok, but upon writing partition 3 it ends at 75% with the message “Unable to write, no space left on device” and the same for the rest of the other partitions to follow. I have a 500gb completely empty HDD. I already double checked the script is using the correct HDD, /sda, and all the partitions necessary are created in the HDD but for some reason it always stops at the same point due to lack of space.. Can someone help me out with this? Thank you very much in advance.

  71. Hello, I’ve posted my issue before in the comments, and am not able to figure it out, please kindly help!
    Way too excited for it to work! :p

  72. Can this be installed in laptop with APU DUAL CORE A4 PROCESOR ( Lenovo Ideapad slim 1-14AST-05 with 64 GB EMMC SSD) .. Can anyone confirm this.

  73. Reminder that you do not have to move the ChromeOS image or folder to the USB, you can access them from inside Linux under your Windows harddrive (Downloads ou wherever you saved it). This should help you in case you have a smaller USB device and can’t fit it in (or if you just don’t want to move it there, because honestly it’s a waste of time).

    Also, instead of booting into a live Linux CD you can use WSL (google it) so you just have to boot into the USB drive the moment you want to install ChromeOS. Or wait till someone rewrites the bash script in batch or powershell.

    Remember that if your CPU is AMD you really do need to confirm it is compatible, because with exception of Stoney Bridge, other AMD model series are not compatible (e.g Ryzen FYI), whose detail this article apparently purposely left out.

  74. I have got an old Dell Latitude E5420 with Intel Core i5-2540M, which image should I use.
    After installing Rammus on the PC, it’s showing a black screen.

  75. Nice job, but it dont seem to work on my Lenovo Yoga 13 with 3rd gen i3.
    I used samus.
    LM starts up, but there is no mouse.
    Please help.

      • Open Chrome and press Ctrl + Alt + T to open the Crosh terminal. After that, enter “shell” (without quotes) and hit enter. Now, enter “sudo edit-grub-config” Next, add “options=rtbth” at the end of “cros_debug” and press Ctrl + X. Now, press “Y” and hit enter to save the file. Finally, restart your computer, and this time Bluetooth should work fine.

        If you want to fix WiFi then first you need to find out the manufacturer of the wireless card.

        If it’s Broadcom then add to the same line “options=rtbth,broadcom_wl”. This will fix both Bluetooth and WiFi issues. You can remove rtbth if Bluetooth is working for you.

        Similarly, if it’s Realtek then add “options=rtbth,rtl8188eu” or “options=rtbth,rtl8821ce”

        If the native Intel wireless card is not working then add “options=rtbth,iwlwifi_backport”

  76. did everything and when I restarted it shows black screen with “_” blinking and nothing happening… any solutions.?

    • I got this when I tried the default UEFI Bios install with a laptop that didn’t support UEFI Bios. I re-did it with the MBR Bios instructions from @Ben above and all worked fine.

  77. Is there a way to do this on an older computer with BIOS instead of UEFI? I have a computer from 2011 that appears to only have plain BIOS. I have a hard drive I swap in it with CloudReady on it but I would love to try real Chrome OS

    • I was able to have the VM start with EFI, but after a long list of output from the boot up is sit there on: AES CTR mode by8 optimization enabled (the number 8 is not a typo), and never goes any further. I know it hasn’t completely crashed because I can disconnect & reconnect the network adapter and it writes the status changes to the screen.

  78. Hi all,

    I need you valuable help. I follow this tutorial but when I triggered the install.sh, thereś a number o errors showing and the process fails. This is the first ones rigth after I click yes to advance:

    All data on device /dev/sda will be lost, are you sure ? (type yes to continue) yes
    umount: /dev/sda: not mounted
    umount: /: device is busy.
    (In some cases useful info about processes that use
    the device is found by lsof(8) or fuser(1))
    umount: /dev/sda2: not mounted
    umount: /dev/sda5: not mounted
    ERROR: cgpt create: unrecognized option: -p

    Usage: cgpt create [OPTIONS] DRIVE

    Create or reset an empty GPT.

    Options:
    -z Zero the sectors of the GPT table and entries

    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt boot: GptSanityCheck() returned 2: GPT_ERROR_INVALID_HEADERS
    ERROR: cgpt add: unrecognized option: -B

    Can anyone please point me in the right direction? Iḿ completely lost at the moment.

    Kind regards

    • It seems you have GPT partition style. Install Windows 10 to move to MBR. After that, follow the tutorial. You can also find tutorials online on how to move from GPT to MBR, but you might lose data so back up all your important files.

  79. When booting up into Linux from my USB the ChromeOS folder is not showing in the file system, for some reason it is not hsowing as mounted. I did a workaround by putting the ChromeOS folder on another USB stick which when inserted shows the ChromeOS folder. I then installe ChromeOS and that worked but when I start up the machine I just get “Missing OS”. Any help appreciated.

  80. I performed all the things, except I wasn’t able to find secure boot option in my dell latitude E6410, whenever I go to UEFI Boot It Shows…
    So I Directly went to boot from USB storage device… now it was Installed but after restarting it shows No OS
    What to do?

  81. I was able to get this fully installed and booting on my Acer Aspire Switch 10 (SW5-012) using Rammus 83, per instructions (edited the install.sh to point to my proper drive). However was not able to get it to boot from it until I did the following (because this is an early baytrail attempt with 32-bit UEFI but a 64-bit processor, it doesn’t like booting from other bootloaders than Windows 8.1/10)

    Booted back into Mint, and mounted the EFI partition, in my case /dev/mmcblk1p12 as EFI-SYSTEM (open Disk app, locate drive and partition, click play button to mount)
    Ran the command ‘sudo grub-install –no-floppy –root-directory=/media/mint/EFI-SYSTEM –force /dev/mmcblk1p12’
    Copied the /media/mint/EFI-SYSTEM/efi/boot/grub.cfg into a newly created subdirectory of grub (just in case it was looking for it there as I’ve seen in the past)

    After this was done, I was able to add via secure boot (it must be on on this tablet to add new UEFI loaders) the bootia32.efi, from HDD0 in the /efi/boot folder then could have secure boot in either setting and get into ChromeOS fully. This tablet is a little underpowered for things, but it works nicely, the battery life already is an improvement and why I previously tried so hard to get the Android x86 project to boot on it, but that had issues with sound and wifi, this works perfectly (other than not being able to dim the display being my only issue)

  82. Hi there, great guide and simple to follow. Unfortunately after 2 attempts the script installs Chrome OS on the USB I have used as /dev/sda, it is not installing on the hard drive, any thoughts?

    • 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 install Chrome OS on the hard disk. 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.

    • Its showing an error
      Chromeos-install. sh: line 7: syntax error near unexpected token `$’\r’ ‘
      ‘hromeos-install. sh: line 7: `usage( )

  83. Thanks so much for putting this together. I tried installing into a VM on VMware Workstation, and everything works until I reboot. It’s getting stuck on ‘53.852394 usbcore: registered new interface driver btusb’ with a flashing cursor underneath.

    Tried rammus 81 / 83 with matching brunch version.

  84. This works great.
    However, installing on a VM does not work, hangs after Linux Mint.
    Is there a way to install it on VMware or other virtualization OS?

  85. thought i had it all installed but on bootup its stuck in a bootloop. its a old toshiba sattelite pro im useing

  86. Hey! I installed the latest versions and followed the tutorial but when I’m turning the PC on to boot in chrome os it prompts me with a “press f1” message, but won’t boot. Any suggestions?

  87. what is the minimum storage requirement?

    I have a Windows 10 tablet with Intel Atom x5 Z8300 CPU (1.44GHz) with 4GB RAM and 64 GB SSD

    I tried with Stable V83, however it spat out saying there is insufficient space.

    Should I format the internal SSD before installation? can this image be installed on 64GB SSD?

    I don’t want to format the system “Just for Trying”

      • okay,
        So I tried V80 also, same error. (FYI I am using a 8GB Memory Stick to install this, which shows 2.2 GB free)

        When the local disk (windows OS) is mounted it showed 29GB free.
        I took the plunge and deleted all the partitions on the internal drive. tried it again, same error.

        What I have noticed is that Mint is showing it as an SD Card !(?) is that the problem?
        since the “Install.sh” script is not working, is there a list of manual commands I can run to install the Chrome OS? maybe that way I can specifically point to the drive I want to install on?

        I need help!! now I have *no* OS on my tab .. :-/

        • okay .. things are moving forward.

          I was finally able to get the OS working, it took some amount of re-coding to get it script to install on the right drive.

          I have just been able to install it. will work on it and see how things are moving, one follow up question is .. how do we update the OS? Also – since this is a tablet, is there an app that helps “orientation” of the screen?

          Thank you again for your guide. it has helped giving new life to my aging tablet

  88. I was trying to install via your method but during the install, my usb was getting partitioned rather than my hard disk. Any solutions?

    • 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 install Chrome OS on your hard disk. 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.

  89. It always shows not enough storage.
    I have used an 8 gb pendrive as installation media and my pc storage is 32 gb out of which 13 gb is free.
    Which one has the storage issue, installation media or the pc storage.

  90. i think hdcp is an issue
    google play video and other android video app stay on a black screen
    im using it on a 4770k with rammus. stable v83 and v80.

  91. Hi, team Beebom! ????
    I tried installing v80 with stable brunch (few days ago). Installation successful But the device won’t boot (bootloop while starting). So, I gave up. Now, want to try v83 + brunch latest testing. Downloaded Grunt image, as you mentioned.
    I’m using asus laptop with Ryzen5 vega8 + nvidia.

    Any suggestion for me?

  92. Hello.

    Is there any way to enable developer mode on this version of Linux as there is no refresh key.

    Thanks

  93. 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.

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 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.

  97. 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

  98. 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

  99. 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.

  100. 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.

      • Hi Thanks for great tutorial, i have successfully installed to my lenovo notebook, but i tried to ASUS A46 it’s bootloop at finishing boot to chrome, i can’t read what the last show at screen, it’s so fast, but i think it’s like BSOD on windows, i see error code like on windows BSOD.
        Any Suggestions? Thank You.

  101. 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?

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

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

    Thanks.

  104. 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

  105. 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

  106. 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?

  107. 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?

  108. 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

  109. 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?

  110. 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.

      • Hi Arjun, Thanks for all this. Like Byron J Pitts, I have an ASUS – a UX31-A. I used the sammus image. Seemed to build the target Chrome OS on my SSD OK.
        But like Brad, it boots into the BIOS setup and does not give me a bootable HD to select as a boot device when I try to add a boot option.
        It has a file system, but wants a path like “fsx:\path\filename.efi”
        Any help appreciated, thanks!

  111. 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?

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

  113. 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?

  114. 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.

  115. 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) 😉

  116. 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?

      • 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 install Chrome OS on your hard disk. 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.

    • No. CloudReady writes over the C-Drive only. Also, you have the option of running Chrome over the flash drive, leaving the boot drive 100% intact.

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