Run Chrome OS on your computer

chrome-logochrome-logoChrome OS is Google’s flagship operating system for netbooks, or as they call them Chromebooks. Thanks to the efforts of some dedicated developers, which have now dwindled down to about one–Hexxah, it is possible to install a modified version of Chrome on your computer. It won’t be the most stable version of the operating system though because unlike Android, Chrome is designed to work with a limited set of hardware. Before we begin it’s important to note that attempting to install Chrome OS on your computer could corrupt your primary operating system. Extreme care should be taken when attempting to install Chrome. In fact, it’s recommended that you only try this on a machine that you wouldn’t mind losing your data on, like a old laptop. The chance that you might corrupt your operating system’s install are high, and we take no responsibility if you do. If you still want to proceed,here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A flash drive with at least 2GB of free space(after formatting)
  • An archiving program that can read .gz and .tar files like 7zip or WinZip
  • The Windows Image Writer 0.2 Program (if using Windows)

You can download the modified version of Chrome OS by Hexxah called Flow or the unaltered “vanilla” builds from his site here, and follow along with his instructions from his site to get your very own version of Chrome up and running on your computer. It’s worth noting though, the full-fledged consumer version of Chrome Os along with Google’s first Chromebook will be launching soon. But if you would like to test drive Chrome before you commit to buying a Chromebook than there is no better way to try than this method.