Tutorial: How to install Chrome OS Flex on an old PC

Recently, the Google released a preview version of Chrome OS Flex, a version of the company’s operating system designed to modernize older, idle devices. The software is similar to what we find on the series devices Chromebookbut leaves out some features, such as native support for Android apps.

The highlight of Chrome OS Flex promises to be fast startup and constant security updates. If you have an older device, be desktop or notebookyou can try this operating system and breathe new life into a device that might not have been used before.

Follow the steps below to install Chrome OS Flex on your computer.

Important announcement

We emphasize that the procedure to follow, although simple to follow, may result in unexpected problems for the device on which Chrome OS Flex will be installed. This is still a very recent version of the operating system, considered unstable and prone to crashes.

The recommendation is not to do this installation on your main device at the risk of momentarily losing access to the system. It is also important to do the usual basics: backup files and programs, in addition to correctly following the step by step.

Requirements

  • An 8 GB or larger flash drive
  • Computer with:
  • CPU Intel ou AMD (x86 ou x64)
  • 4 GB of RAM (or more)
  • 16 GB of storage (or more)
  • System BIOS access

Although Chrome OS Flex is designed for older devices, Google recommends installing the system on devices produced after 2010. Also, Intel GMA 500, 600, 3600, and 3650 models do not support the software.

Creating a System Boot USB

The first part of the Chrome OS Flex installation process is creating a USB device with the system. This process is done through an extension available for the Google browser, the Chromebook Recovery Utility available at this link.

1 – To create the flash drive, download and install the Chromebook Recovery Utility extension.

To create the flash drive, download and install the Chromebook Recovery Utility extension.
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2 – After the extension is installed, launch the program by selecting from the other add-ons in your browser.

Once the extension is installed, launch the program by selecting from your browser's other add-ons.
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3 – Next, place a flash drive of at least 8 GB in your machine, remembering that all data on the storage device will be lost.

Click on the “Get started” option to start the installation flash drive creation process.
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4 – Click on the “Get started” option to start the process of creating the installation flash drive.Source: Nerdschalk

5 – On this new screen, select the option “Select a model from a list”.

On this new screen, select the option “Select a model from a list”.

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From the drop-down options menu, select the “Google Chrome OS Flex” option.
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6 – In the drop-down options menu, select the “Google Chrome OS Flex” option.Source: Nerdschalk

7 – Select the “Chrome OS Flex (Developer-Unstable) option.

Select the “Chrome OS Flex (Developer-Unstable) option.
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8 -Click on “Continue”.Source: Nerdschalk

9 – Next, you will need to select where the operating system will be installed. If you have inserted the USB stick, it will appear as an installation option.

10 – Wait for the process to finish.

Next, you will need to select where the operating system will be installed.  If you inserted the USB stick, it will appear as an installation option.
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Installing Chrome OS Flex on a PC

Now that you have a Chrome OS Flex bootable USB stick, it’s time to insert it into the computer you want to install the system on. Insert the flash drive and start the system so that it enters the BIOS screen.

On the BIOS screen, look for the option to boot the system from the flash drive.  This option can appear in many different ways, but you need to see the storage device from the menu.
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1 – On the BIOS screen, look for the option to boot the system from the flash drive. This option can appear in many different ways, but you need to see the storage device from the menu.Source: Nerdschalk

2 – After saving and exiting the boot settings, you will be taken to the Chrome OS Flex splash screen. Click “Get started” to start the process.

At this point you will be able to choose between installing the operating system or testing it directly from the pendrive on your machine.  This is a good alternative to testing the hardware compatibility with Chrome OS Flex and finding out if there are any flaws.

3 – At this point you will be able to choose between installing the operating system or testing it directly from the pendrive on your machine. This is a good alternative to testing the hardware compatibility with Chrome OS Flex and finding out if there are any flaws.

4 – If you choose the installation process, you will be redirected to a screen where you can configure the WiFi network.

5 – The next screen presents the terms of use. Just read and mark if you agree.

You will also be able to define whether Chrome OS Flex will be used by an adult or a child.
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6 – You will also be able to define whether Chrome OS Flex will be used by an adult or a child.

7 – The last screen allows you to login with your Google account, an optional process, but important to enjoy all the functionality of the system.

So, do you think Chrome OS Flex can save your old PC? Leave your opinion about the system in the comments!

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