How to Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support

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 actually run Android and Linux 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. 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 (2022)

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. You can click on the links below to move between different menus.

Requirements for Installing Chrome OS on Windows PC

  • UEFI support in the motherboard
  • Support for legacy BIOS has also been added, but there are a few limitations. You can read the documentation here.
  • Intel-based CPU and GPU
  • Support for AMD CPU and GPU has also been added, but currently, it only supports AMD Ryzen 3XXX and AMD Stoney Ridge processors
  • A USB flash drive with at least 16GB of storage space

Install Chrome OS on Windows: Required Downloads

1. First off, download the Linux Mint Cinnamon image. You can also use other Linux distros such as Ubuntu or Debian, but since Linux Mint is pretty lightweight, I am using it in this tutorial.

Install Chrome OS on PC with Play Store Support (Updated February 2021)

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

3. After that, download the official Chrome OS recovery image from here. If this link is not working then you can download the image from here as well. Open the website and search for “rammus”. Now, click on the latest recovery image to download it (right now it’s 87, but it may change in the future). Here, I am recommending “rammus” because it works on modern Intel processors. However, you should follow the below rule and download the specific image based on your processor.

  • “rammus” is the recommended image for devices with 4th generation Intel CPU and newer.
  • “samus” is the recommended image for devices with 3rd generation Intel CPU and older.
  • “zork” is the image to use for AMD Ryzen 3XXX.
  • “grunt” is the image to use for AMD Stoney Ridge.

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, click here and look for the latest stable build and then click on “Assets”. Now, download the “tar.gz” file.

5. Finally, download the “” script which magically installs Chrome OS without manually typing the commands. The script has been written by Kedar Nimbalkar. To download it, click here and press Ctrl + S to save the file. If the above link is not working then you can click on this alternative link to download the “” script.

Now that we are done with the downloads, let’s jump to 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 through the USB drive on our Windows computer, and from there, we can run the script and install Chrome OS on our PC. Keep in mind, this process will completely wipe your hard drive including personal files and folders. So create a 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.

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

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.

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

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. For example, if you have downloaded the “samus” image then rename it to samus_recovery.bin.

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.

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

Boot into Linux Mint Cinnamon

1. Plug the USB flash drive into 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 UEFI/BIOS menu. If you don’t know the boot key of your PC then you can find it from the below table.

3. Once you have entered the BIOS, move to the “Boot” tab and select “UEFI” from the Boot List Option. If this option is not available then don’t worry, move to the next step.

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. Keep in mind, disabling Secure Boot is mandatory.

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.

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

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 missing libraries and dependencies.

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

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

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

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.

Note: If you get any syntax error during installation then move to the Troubleshoot section below to find the solution.

6. After the installation is done, open 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.

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. In case, Chrome OS is not installed on your PC hard disk and has, in fact, installed on the USB drive then follow our troubleshooting guide below.

Note: Before logging into 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.

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.

Note: If you are having issues with WiFi, Bluetooth, or any other hardware device on Chrome OS then go through the Troubleshooting section for help.

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.

Troubleshooting Chrome OS on PC

If Chrome OS got installed on the wrong device i.e. on the USB stick then follow this simple tutorial to resolve the issue. Generally, the hard disk is named as sda, but on some older computers, it is named as mmcblk0 or something else. And because of this ambiguity, Chrome OS gets installed on the wrong device. So to fix the problem, here is what you need to do.

Open the GParted application on Linux Mint (from the 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 file using Vim editor on Linux Mint (just search in the start menu). Replace sda with the actual hard disk name in the last line.

For example, if the hard disk name is mmcblk0 then /dev/sda in the last line should change to /dev/mmcblk0. Now, save the file and execute the file and it should install Chrome OS on your hard disk. In case, you are unable to edit the file on Linux Mint, go back to Windows and download Notepad++ (Free). From there, you can edit the file easily. Make sure to open “Edit” from the menu bar and then choose “EOL Conversion”. After that, choose “Unix” and save the file. Now, execute “” in Linux Mint and you will have no issues.

In case, you are getting an entirely new error like syntax error near unexpected token `$’\r’ ‘ while running the script then open the file using Notepad++ on Windows 10. file will be available under the “Chrome OS” folder that you moved to the USB drive. After that, follow the same steps as above and change the formatting option to Unix on Notepad++. Open Edit -> EOL Conversion -> Unix and save the file. Now, go ahead with the installation.

If you are having issues with WiFi, Bluetooth, touchscreen display, etc. then you can try adding support for your specific hardware device from the Crosh terminal. Just open Chrome and press Ctrl + Alt + T to open the Crosh terminal. After that, enter shell and hit enter. Now, run sudo edit-grub-config. Here you can add support for your hardware device. You can find the complete list of commands from here.

For example, if you have an RT3290/RT3298LE Bluetooth device then you can add “options=rtbth” (with quotes) at the end of “cros_debug” and before loop.max…. Now, press Ctrl + X and press “Y”. Next, hit enter to save the file. Finally, restart your computer, and this time Bluetooth should work fine.

Similarly, 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 like this: “options=rtbth,broadcom_wl”. This will fix both Bluetooth and WiFi issues. You can remove rtbth if Bluetooth is already working for you. Similarly, if it’s Realtek then add “options=rtbth,rtl8188eu” or “options=rtbth,rtl8821ce”. Basically, you can add support for hardware devices in this fashion: “options=option1,option2,…” (without spaces) to activate them.

Install Chrome OS Flex

If the reason you’re thinking of installing Chrome OS on your Windows 11 PC is that your laptop is getting bogged down with age, you should definitely take a look at Chrome OS Flex. We have a dedicated guide on how to install Chrome OS Flex on Windows PC that you can follow to get Chrome OS running on any laptop out there.

Install Chrome OS on PC in 2022 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 545
  • Henderson says:

    Good day to all.
    Really hoping that someone will be able to assist me…
    Is it possible to install ChromeOS without an USB drive on VMware Workstation Pro?


  • Steven De Baets says:

    Installation seems to perform OK, but in the end it says “Brunch has been installed on your system”. When rebooting, still Windows 10 starts up.
    It’s a Lenovo Ideapad D330, Intel Celeron N4000 @1,10GHz with 2 GB RAM

  • Tariq says:

    I am stuck after I select between user or child then I press next and then “please wait” screen for way too long.

  • T says:

    I have a Rammus Stable 102 and want to upgrade to 104…Please help.

  • Kaushik says:

    Hello I have ubuntu and win 10 installed on my HP laptop and now I want to install chrome os flex on top of ubuntu. that is I only want win 10 and chrome os flex as my 2 os . Please help me.

  • Laksh Lilhare says:

    I previously used rammus and error occurred saying ‘The requested device was not found’ and when i plug USB it boots into Linux mint. Can any one tell me why this happened

  • Laksh Lilhare says:

    Which recovery image should i use? i have a legacy pentium processor : Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E6700 @ 3.20GHz (2 threads, 3.20GHz)

    • krishna karthik says:

      Which processer intel or amd etc

  • Fayzan says:

    Everything went fine. But after I remove the USB drive to boot ChromeOS, it says “Operating System not found”
    Please help!!

  • Adrian says:

    Installed on a Lenovo Miix 310. All went well except on the Welcome/start screen it can’t see any networks (wifi card is a Intel/Qualcomm according to the internet) and I can’t get any further (no ethernet ports). So I can’t open a terminal screen to change things. How to get past the welcome screen without wifi?

    • RobloxWindows7 7 says:

      I have to same problem

  • Kinbit says:

    Successfully installed on Asus X200MA Laptop. Had to enable the “alt_touchpad_config2” option for the touchpart to get recognized.

  • Zorro says:

    So each word is copied from a YouTube video? Eh?
    Damn man, I thought you were a genius and expert in this area! Didn’t know you also steal from YouTube.
    I hope your seniors also know about this.
    But whom am I kidding, as long as you all mint money, who cares!
    Anyways, this thing doesn’t work and try to write things which you performed yourself.

    • Evvvv says:

      You realise the words are from the beebom youtube channel, this is the beebom website, you aint smart mate, use your brain.

  • Deep says:

    Hey guys i am running chrome os on my lenovo windows in built system. but after 1 month use now i want to revert it. I need help to change my system from chrome os to windows 10 again. can anyone tell me steps how to completely remove chrome os (rammus recovery) so i can make it my laptop windows again.

    • Miles says:

      To revert to windows is easy. Plug in windows installer. When you get to the point where to install erase every partition on the drive with ChromeOS. If that does not work, Shift+F10, type ” diskpart “, then type: ” list disk “, type select disk # (1,2 etc), then type ” clean “. This will erase all partitions. Then go back to install, it should show an empty drive to install windows. (Get the windows installer from, put on a USB memory stick)

  • Justin says:

    Please help me out, how to install chrome os on AMD G-T56N, processor, actually chrome os installed successfully but when it boots the message displays that processor is not supported.

  • jakeles199 says:

    Help me out.

    My goal is to make my own quasi android tv boxes from old tiny mini pc’s i have laying around and a couple of intel compute sticks.
    I’ve successfully and easily installed this latest chrome os/brunch on Dell 7450 (i5-7400 with intel HD 630 GPU)

    i’ve ran Dp 1.2 and hdmi 1.4 to 4k monitors and tried internal monitor but when i try to play like 50Gb UHD HDR films Or even 12gb UHD HDR it barfs no matter what i do, on kodi, vlc, or whether its streaming from nas vis DLNA or from external ssd.

    ###Does this project/os support 4k UHD HDR high bitrate video on ANY hardware?
    What must i do to get 4k uhd high bitrate and or 7.1 tracks to play properly on this? Does chrome os just not like 4k?
    Or does chrome not like high bitrate audio or whats the deal here? Anyone able to play UHD mkv Rips with this????

    I need this to OS output as if it were like an android box etc but on my old junk. Mostly play 1080 tv but also needs high bitrate 4k too…

    • Joe John says:

      I use a UHD high resolution laptop. Go to device in the settings, slide the fonts size to 125% and everything should work fine. I am impressed with the hipdi support of Chrome OS.

  • john schmitt says:

    thanks for the tutorial .. my old thinkpad twist now is running chrome os
    but the touchpad is not working.. its not working even when im booting on linux mint cinamon the touch pad is not working but working on windows, other than thats everything is working well 🙂
    is there any suggestion to make the touchpad working on chrome os

    • Sameer says:

      You should try installing the specified linux touchpad drivers for you laptop. You can easily get them from the manufacturer’s website

  • Glen C says:

    The installation went great and I have an operational Chrome OS but I’m missing the Linux support. And developer doe snot seemed to be turned on. I’m using the latest images. I need to port forward so I can have clients access the media server I’m planning to install on it.

    HP Laptop
    Intel CPU

  • Takasan says:

    Hi, thank you for sharing the info. I followed the instruction and managed to boot from USB drive. Now my Acer laptop stucks at logo. I did some search and changed “quiet splash” into “nouveau.modeset=0” to see boot sequence. Now I can see it stucks at
    Started LSB: disk temperature monitoring deamon.
    Really appreciate your help. Thank you.

  • PlasticArmyMan says:

    Will this installation update when Chrome OS has updates?

  • Ren says:

    Does this install support tablets? I would love to install this on a tablet, but i want to make sure it has onscreen keyboard support beforehand

  • TawKeer Ahmad says:

    i tried my best to install but couldnt
    my laptop freezes after i write the code sudo sh
    then i have to force restart my laptop
    i have hp compaq presariocq42
    kindly help!!!!!!!!!!

  • HT says:

    Total waste of time. Installed on both laptop and Windows tablet. After shutdown the machine and turned it back on, got the error no bootable drive. I downloaded cloudready and installed via usb flash, everything work.

    • AK says:

      cloudready = no google services = useless = Linux mint is better

    • Alneez Virani says:

      I am also getting a similar error after shutdown from Linux Mint and removing Pendrive. I am getting an error saying : The selected boot device failed. Press to Continue.


    • BT says:

      Same problem

  • Nadun Chamoda says:

    Lot of comments hah
    But I have a problem, I hope some one shoulf help .

    I have Acer lap with Genuine windows 10,
    If I boot my lap with crome OS , what happen to windows, Does It wipeout , shall I able to boot my oc with widows again ,
    I need to install Crome OS in the same Hard drive witch is Windows installed ,

    • EIufgvjfeb jeib ib. jh says:

      By this method, your hard drive will be wiped out completely so make sure to backup your important data to avoid data loss.

    • Dishant says:

      Yes you will be able to revert back to windows since oem windows installation has key embedded in hardware. If you bought the key separately then you can punch the key in and volla you are good to go

  • Raheel says:

    I have baytrail chromebook i got the audio fixed but when i plug in headphones both speaker and headphone working at the same time

    • Autobot032 says:

      You have to go into the audio menu and select only one or the other, otherwise, it’ll go haywire and produce no sound or all the sound.

  • Raheel says:

    I have baytrail Chromebook i got the audio fixed but when i plug in headphones both speakers and headphones sounds are working

  • Kevin says:

    I have executed this install perfectly and it ran perfectly as well. But on boot up, i only get a flashing cursor, nothing else, Ideas accepted.

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