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CloudReady: How to Install Chrome OS on Any PC

Install CloudReady Chrome OS on PC
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Chrome OS is a Linux-based, web-focused Operating System created by Google for Chromebooks. It is derived from the open source code of Chromium OS and uses the Google Chrome browser as its principal UI.

Chrome OS is designed to be lightweight and that’s a major reason why many people want to run it whether they own a Chromebook or not. Today, I’ll tell you the most convenient way to install Chrome OS (actually, Neverware CloudReady), but first, a background.

What’s CloudReady?

Chrome OS is based on Chromium OS which is an open source project but neither projects have builds that developers can build by themselves. Neverware is a company that has taken the Chromium OS‘ open source and built a version of Chromium OS with custom features for management and hardware support.

Neverware sells CloudReady to businesses and schools who wish to run Chrome OS on their PCs and provided users with a version of Chromium OS modified to work on regular PCs.

We will be installing CloudReady as a substitute for ChromeOS but you should know that it doesn’t include the extra features that Google adds to Chrome OS e.g. running Android apps.

Installing CloudReady – Chrome OS on PC

CloudReady contains Neverware’s proprietary code that gives it support to work with several laptop hardware, among other features, but it doesn’t run properly on all laptops so make sure you test it with a Live USB before installing it directly on your machine.

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Your system might not be on the list of officially supported devices but it might be supported anyway so it’s good to test it first. Check that your WiFi, Bluetooth, USB ports, etc. are working correctly.

Neverware recommends that you use a Windows computer to create your CloudReady USB installer and then follow the installation guides here.

CloudReady is the most reliable way to get a Chrome OS-like experience on your machine because it is more support than similar options and it received automatic updates directly from Neverware.

I hope you have a smooth experience installing and running CloudReady. Feel free to drop your questions and/or share your experience in the section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Divine Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Graphic Designer, Web Developer, and programmer.